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.

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  • 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

Serving suggestions

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!!

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I’ve tried a couple different recipes, but this most recent was the best inspiration so far.


3 thoughts on “Falafel

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