I love falafel. In fact, my favorite “fast casual” restaurant is this place called Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill where I always get the falafel. These taste pretty different because theirs are unhealthy and deep-fried, but these are still YUM.
Serving suggestion – Serve in pitas with this awesome tzaziki! One of my favorite combinations EVER.
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup onion (about 1 medium onion)
- 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup less packed fresh parsley
- 3 cans garbanzo beans/chickpeas, rinsed (or 2 cups dry, cooked)
- 6 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup ground flax meal
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, optional or to taste
- 1 tsp sea salt (Less if chickpeas are salted!)
- Olive oil for cooking
- Fixins of your choice: lettuce, tomato, etc.
- Sauce of your choice – tzaziki or lemon-tahini sauce
Place the first 4 ingredients into a food processor and mince. Add chickpeas and pulse until fully chopped up but not pureed. Dump into a bowl and add remaining ingredients.
Form into patties that are about 1 1/2″ – 2″ in diameter.
Option 1: Heat olive oil (enough to very thinly coat) in a large non-stick pan. Place patties in pan. (Don’t crowd unless you are an expert flipper.) Cook for about 5 minutes on medium to medium-high heat with the lid on. Flip and cook about the same length.
Option 2 (preferred): Preheat oven to 400. Place patties on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake about 10 – 15 on each side, carefully flipping.
Serve how you wish!!
I’ve tried a couple different recipes, but this most recent was the best inspiration so far.