Easy Homemade Falafel!

This falafel recipe is one of my favorites because it’s super easy (if you have a food processor) and really tasty!

Tzatziki Sauce
6 oz. plain yogurt (we use soy yogurt)
1/2 cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
1 tsp dried dill (or three times that much.  I always add way more dill than 1 tsp)
salt and pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp mayonnaise (which is a dairy free product.  People always seem surprised by that.)

Combine all ingredients, chill prior to serving

Falafel
1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained
1 medium onion, chopped
1 Tbsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp parsley (fresh or dried)
1 tsp coriander
3/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup gluten free flour (or more.  Add enough flour until dough holds together loosely in balls)

Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, parsley, coriander, cumin, salt, and pepper in food processor and puree until smooth (ish).  Add flour.  Puree in food processor (the dough should be a thick paste).  Heat oil (about 2 inches or so) to about 350 degrees (on medium or medium-high heat) in a wok or deep pan.  Make the paste into balls the size of a ping pong ball.  Fry the balls until golden brown, making sure to fry both sides of the ball.  Using a slotted spoon, pick the falafel out of the pan and let drain on a plate covered with a paper towel.  When done frying, let oil cool and then save the oil in a jar (you can reuse it for frying in the future).  Eat falafel with the sauce on top.

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4 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Falafel!

  1. I made falafel recently using chickpea flour (store-bought, but I think if you dry them/roast them and process, you can make your own) and it was very delicious. And you don’t have to worry about raw grain-based flour.

  2. There seems to be a fine line between not enough flour and too much flour. If the dough seems really sticky, it might need more. I just used buckwheat tonight for a change. However, if the felafel doesn’t cook all the way through, then there will be raw flour, which a belly might not like. The best way around this might be to make smaller spheres.

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