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Flavorful Falafels

Falafels are an unique patty made from chickpeas (or garbanzos), which is native to the Middle East. They are traditionally fried or deep fried, and can be very spicy. This is a less-spicy-more-healthy version. And if you want to use no oil, you can bake them in the oven. I usually cook them on my electric griddle with a light coating of olive oil spray to keep them from sticking. They make amazing pita sandwiches, go great with salads, if you're gluten free, and kids like to eat them plain with a dipping sauce! But please, if you're going through the work to make these, be sure to make the Cucumber Tahini Dressing! It just makes them shine! :) Happy cooking and enjoy!

Course meatless entrees
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword Falafel
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Refrigeration time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 29 kcal

Ingredients

PULSE in food processor and put into a bowl

  • 2 cups onion
  • 6 cloves garlic minced

PULSE in food processor

  • 1 can chickpeas drained (OR scant 2 cups cooked chickpeas)
  • 1 cup parsley fresh, lightly packed
  • 1 cup cilantro fresh, lightly packed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin

ADD onion mixture and then add dry ingredients

  • 1 cup sorghum flour OR 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder optional

Instructions

  1. PEEL onion and CUT into four pieces.

  2. MINCE garlic.
  3. PULSE onion and garlic together in food processor until finely diced. SET aside in separate bowl.

  4. PUT chickpeas and seasonings into food processor and lightly pulse until chunky.

  5. ADD onion mixture, flour and baking powder (if using).
  6. PULSE lightly until flour is incorporated.
  7. REFRIGERATE at least one hour.
  8. USE a 1½ inch scoop to put patties on a sprayed, preheated griddle OR oiled cookie sheet.

  9. LIGHTLY tap them with wooden spoon to slightly flatten the top.

  10. COOK 3-4 minutes on each side on griddle. Be gentle when turning them, they smash easily!

    (OR bake for 30 minutes in oven until golden, flipping once halfway through.)

  11. SERVE warm with a salad and Cucumber Tahini Dressing, OR make a pita sandwich with them!

  12. COOL thoroughly before storage. Layer container with waxed paper. Freeze until ready to use. Reheat in toaster oven before serving.

Recipe Notes

The instructions are if you have a food processor, but with a little work, you can make these without a food processor! Here's the hand mix directions:

CHOP onion very fine, mince garlic, chop herbs and mash chickpeas.

MIX together.

ADD flour and baking powder (if using) and gently mix.

ADD a little more flour, if mixture is really sticky.

REFRIGERATE at least one hour. See above for cooking directions.

Nutrition Facts
Flavorful Falafels
Amount Per Serving (4 falafels)
Calories 29 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 103mg4%
Potassium 108mg3%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 115IU2%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.