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Low Calorie Vegan Falafel Recipe

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EASY FALAFEL RECIPE

If you’re unfamiliar with this Middle Eastern street food, you’re in luck!

This relatively easy vegan falafel recipe is a great introduction to this flavorful fried chickpea dish and is lower in calories than your regular meat filled lunch.

Typically served in a pita wrap with pickled veggies and tahini sauce or with french fries, falafel can also be enjoyed atop a salad with some Greek olives and a cucumber tahini sauce or dressing.

One of our recipe testers spent quite a bit of time in the Middle East and gave this recipe high scores (and the kids loved it!), so we know you will love it too!

Plus a community member made this and baked it for an even healthier version. Pair with your homemade hummus and enjoy this yummy easy falafel recipe!

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Falafel

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Course: Dinner, Middle Eastern, Street food
Author: Adapted from A Reluctant Foodie

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups of dried chickpeas*
  • 3 garlic cloves lightly crushed
  • 1 small onion quartered
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne or to taste
  • 1 cup chopped parsley or cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Grapeseed oil for frying

Instructions

  • Put the chickpeas in a large bowl and cover with water by 4 inches. Soak overnight. Expect the beans to triple in volume. Drain beans and reserve the soaking water. (Do not worry about this if you are using canned chickpeas.)
  • Add the remaining ingredients except the oil to your blender jar.
  • For Blendtec: Pulse until minced but not pureed.
  • For Vitamix: Set to Variable 10 and then turn off and on until minced but not pureed.
  • Add small amounts (no more than a tablespoon at a time) of the soaking water (or water) if needed to allow your blender to work. Adding too much water will make blending easier but will insure that your falafel falls apart during cooking. Taste. Then add more salt, pepper, cayenne or lemon juice to taste.
  • Add oil to a deep sauce pan. Set heat to medium high and heat to 350 F (if you have thermometer, use it).
  • Scoop heaping tablespoons of the batter and shape into balls or small patties. Fry in batches, without crowding, until golden brown, turning as needed. Total cooking time will be less than 5 minutes.
  • Serve into pita pockets with hummus and veggies or with french fries!
  • All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments to enter our weekly photo contest! 🙂 Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes

Notes

*If you cannot find dried chickpeas (or don't want to wait overnight), you could also use ~5 cups of canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed = 3 cans.

CHICKPEA HEALTH BENEFITS & FUN FACTS

Falafel, being made primarily from chickpeas, is high protein with complex carbohydrates and fiber that will keep you going throughout the day and lower blood cholesterol.

Chickpeas themselves are also low in fat and salt and contain no cholesterol.  They’re also nutrient-packed, containing calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin C, thiamine, pantothenic acid, vitamin B, and folate.

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4 thoughts on “Low Calorie Vegan Falafel Recipe”

    1. That will happen if you add more water. It makes blending easier but the falafel falls apart. I’m sorry to hear that!

  1. Are you supposed to cook the dried chickpeas after soaking or do you blend them with the other ingredients after just soaking overnight?

    1. Hey Charles! No you do not need to cook the beans after soaking overnight. Just drain and reserve the soaking water and continue with instructions based on your blender. 🙂 Keep me posted how it turns out! HAPPY BLENDING!

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