Falafel, Falafel, Falafel!

In the past decade Falafels have become very popular all over the world, and rightly so, they are absolutely delicious. Even better, they are usually made from wholesome, healthy ingredients. Let me clarify that: Some may use a dry mix reconstituted with water, which in my opinion does not even come close to the real thing. So if you have not liked falafels in the past, you may have been the victim of “the mix”. Give these “made-from-scratch” falafels a try. You may be pleasantly surprised!  Traditionally falafels are fried, but not today. We will be baking ours, making them much healthier, and yet, they taste fantastic. Even the word FALAFEL is fun to say:)

 

Ingredients:

3 cups canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 medium onion

3-4 gloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons minced cilantro

3 tablespoons minced parsley

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon coriander

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup flour (all-purpose, whole wheat, oat, hazelnut flour, chickpea flour, etc.)

 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a mini muffin pan (24).

Pulse the chickpeas in the food processor into a rough texture.  Remove half of the chickpea mixture and set aside.  Add to the food processor remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.  Gently mix in the remaining chickpeas mixture from earlier.

Scoop the mixture into the greased mini-muffin pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until falafels are golden brown.

 

Cucumber Dill Dressing:

1 1/2 cup chopped cucumber

2 teaspoon dried dill or fresh

2 garlic cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon olive oil (optional)

1/3 cup water

1/2 cup cashews (soaked for a few hours)

2 teaspoons minced mint

1 tablespoon minced parsley

 

Blend everything in the blender until smooth:)

Serve falafels with hummus in pita or flatbread, garnished with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, and drizzled with cucumber dressing.

For the hummus recipe, click here.

 

 

6 Replies to "Falafel, Falafel, Falafel!"

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    Kae
    February 2, 2017 (9:31 pm)
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    Love your videos and recipes. Was just looking for a vegan no fry falafel recipe and now I have a good one. Thanks! Keep the videos coming. Love your sense of humor.

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      Ani
      February 3, 2017 (8:27 am)
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      Thank you so much for your kind comment, Kae! I appreciate your encouragement and support so much. I hope you enjoy the falafels! They are some of my favorites:)

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    Terry
    February 23, 2017 (5:46 pm)
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    Hi Ani!
    We just tried your Falafel Recipe and we just loved them! I’m not suppose to have oil so this is a great recipe for me! (Terry)
    Thanks so much!
    Terry, Robert, Jackson, and Madison

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      Ani
      March 1, 2017 (2:26 pm)
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      How wonderful that you liked the falafels! Thank you so much for your family’s kindness and support!

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    Stefanie
    March 15, 2017 (9:31 pm)
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    This was a huge hit in our family! Very Delicious. I made the Falafel’s and the dressing, and we had that on our home made pita pockets with fresh veggies. And boy, you can’t beat that! Oh, and our pita pockets, are AMAZING. If you want to home make your own, (once you do you’ll never want to eat any other pocket…) Get the Seven Secrets Cookbook, and its in there. Its super easy. And so much fun to watch them puff up in the oven right before your very eyes. Anyway, enough rambling, lets get cooking. Just thought I’d share that secret. 😉 Thanks Ani, for the wonderful recipes!! (P.S. you could use this dressing on salads…)

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      Ani
      March 16, 2017 (3:50 pm)
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      I totally agree, Stefanie! Fresh pita pockets are a favorite in our house too! We make them often. Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I am so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed the falafels! Sounds like you made an incredible lunch for your family! And yes, you could use the dressing on salads! Great suggestion!


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