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Vegan falafel recipe

Legendary vegan falafel recipe
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Refrigeration Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish, starter
Cuisine: middle eastern, Vegan juice
Keyword: chickpeas, falafel
Servings: 4 falafels

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chickpeas (also known as Garbanzo Beans) soaked for 12 hours.  Best to do this overnight.  Only use dried and soaked chickpeas, not canned chickpeas in this recipe. 
  • 1/2 onion any type but I used a white onion
  • 1 cup parsley give falafel their distinctive flavour and turn the inside a beautiful, vibrant green. 
  • 1/2 cup cilantro A small pepper adds that little kick of flavor and spice without over-powering the falafel. You can adjust this to more or less, try first and adjust the amount the next time your make them, which I’m sure will be sooner than you think
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 green chili pepper
  • 2 tsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp salt adjust to your liking
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper adjust to your preference
  • 1 tbsp chickpea flour This helps to bind the mixture together and retain the shape while frying. I prefer chickpea flour, but you could also use a gluten-free flour blend or ordinary plain flour.
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (bircarbonate of soda) A critical ingredient for helping to provide the fluffy inside texture of the falafel.
  • Olive oil for frying I used olive oil but have also used Avocado oil

Equipment

  • Food processor
  • Large frying pan
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Skimmer
  • Tablespoon or Ice cream scoop (to shape the falafel)

Instructions

How to make the falafel mix

  • Soak dry chickpeas for 12 hours or overnight
  • Drain the soaked chickpeas and rinse (avoid using canned chickpeas for this recipe)
  • Add all the ingredients to a food processor except the chickpea flour and baking soda
  • Process until the mixture resembles coarse sand.  In between scrape down the sides of the processor to ensure all ingredients are combined
  • Add the chickpea flour and baking soda, and pulse until it’s fully combined 
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a lid.
  • Place the bowl in the fridge. Chill the falafel mixture for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Shape your falafel. You can do this by hand, with a spoon or an icecream scoop if you have one. Decide if you’d like round balls or flatter patty shapes. The flatter shapes are better if you plan to pan fry or bake. Any shape can be used for deep frying. Form all your falafel and place on a plate.

How to deep fry vegan falafel

  • To deep Fry Falafel: Heat about 3 inches of oil in a pot on medium heat to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Once the oil has reached temperature, gently drop 6-8 balls into the oil at a time. Let them cook for 1-2 minutes or until golden on the outside. Use a skimmer to the remove the falafel to a paper towel-lined plate.

How to pan fry vegan falafel

  • To pan fry falafel: These only need 2-3 minutes each side.  Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Gently place the falafel in the pan and cook each side for 2-3 minutes or until golden, then transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

How to bake vegan falafel

  • To baked falafel: These take a little longer 25-30 minutes.  Pre-heat your oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7. Lightly spray or brush a baking sheet with oil. Place the falafel on the baking sheet, lightly spray or brush the top side with oil and bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through. You can also bake them on parchment paper or a silicone mat without any oil. They’ll just be slightly less crispy and golden.

Key nutrients

Serving: 1falafel | Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 771mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1399IU | Vitamin B6: 1mg | Vitamin C: 25mg | Vitamin E: 1mg | Vitamin K: 254µg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 3mg | Magnesium: 33mg | Zinc: 1mg

The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on your ingredients and tools.