EASY VEGAN FALAFEL

Easy, 10-ingredient falafel made with chickpeas and seasoned with parsley, cumin and garlic. A simple, flavorful, hearty plant-based meal.

EASY VEGAN FALAFEL

Ingredients
  1. 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (rinsed, drained and patted dry)
  2. 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley (or sub cilantro)
  3. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 2 medium shallots (minced // 2 shallots yield ~ 3/4 cup or 65 g // or sub white onion)
  5. 2 Tbsp raw sesame seeds (or sub finely chopped nuts, such as pecans)
  6. 1 1/2 tsp cumin (plus more to taste)
  7. 1/4 tsp each sea salt and black pepper (plus more to taste)
  8. 1 healthy pinch each cardamom and coriander (optional)
  9. 3-4 Tbsp all-purpose flour (or sub oat flour or gluten-free blend with varied results)
  10. 3-4 Tbsp avocado oil for cooking (or sub any neutral oil with a high smoke point)
  11. Panko bread crumbs for coating (optional // see instructions)
  12. Garlic Dill Sauce (for serving // found within the Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potato Recipe)

Instructions
  • Add chickpeas, parsley, shallot, garlic, sesame seeds, cumin, salt, pepper (and coriander and cardamom if using) to a food processor or blender and mix/pulse to combine, scraping down sides as needed until thoroughly combined. You’re looking for a crumbly dough, not a paste (see photo).
  • Add flour 1 Tbsp at a time and pulse/mix to combine until no longer wet and you can mold the dough into a ball without it sticking to your hands - I used 4 Tbsp (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. I added a bit more salt, pepper, and a dash of cardamom and coriander. You want the flavor to be pretty bold, so don’t be shy.
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl, cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to firm up. If you’re in a hurry you can skip this step but they will be a little more fragile when cooking.
  • Once chilled, scoop out rounded Tablespoon amounts (~30 g in weight // I used this scoop) and gently form into 11-12 small discs (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
  • Optional: Sprinkle on panko bread crumbs and gently press to adhere - flip and repeat. This will produce a crispier crust but is optional.