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Classic Falafel

Falafel is a super flavorful, plant-based patty packed with fresh herbs and spices.

  • Classic Falafel
  • Ingredients
    • 1 ½ cups dry garbanzo beans
    • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
    • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
    • ½ cup chopped white onion
    • 7 cloves garlic
    • 2 Tbsp. all purpose flour
    • ½ tsp. sea salt
    • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
    • ⅛ tsp. ground cardamom
    • 1 tsp. ground coriander
    • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper

    1. Overnight soak: Place dried garbanzo beans in a large bowl and cover with 1 inch of water. Let sit, uncovered, for 20-24 hours. Drain thoroughly. Quick soak: Rinse garbanzo beans in a strainer and add to a large pot. Cover with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Let boil for 1 minute, cover pot and remove from heat. Let stand for 1 hour. Drain thoroughly. 1. In the bowl of a food processor, add parsley, cilantro, onion and garlic. Mix until well combined. 1. Add soaked garbanzo beans, flour, salt, cumin, cardamom, coriander and cayenne to food processor. Pulse until ingredients form a rough, coarse meal. Scrape down sides of food processor occasionally. 1. Place mixture into a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to allow flavors to come together. 1. Once cooled, remove from refrigerator and form into 1½-inch balls, then flatten balls slightly to form patties. 1. Preheat air fryer to 400°F. Lightly spray fryer basket with oil. 1. Place falafel into basket, being careful not to overcrowd. Cook for 10 minutes, turning halfway through. Repeat with remaining falafel.

    Chef's Tips

    Serve these falafel on their own, with hummus, on a salad or stuffed into a whole wheat pita. Oven Directions: 1. Follow steps 1-5, above. 1. Preheat oven to 375°F and lightly grease a baking sheet with oil. 1. Place falafel patties on greased baking sheet and brush the tops with olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes, flip over and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until golden brown.


    For gluten free: Use gluten free flour in place of flour.


    Per Serving: Calories 150, Total Fat 2.5g (Saturated 0g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 160mg, Total Carbohydrate 25g (Dietary Fiber 7g, Total Sugars 4g, Includes 0g Added Sugars), Protein 8g, Vitamin D 0%, Calcium 4%, Iron 15%, Potassium 6% *Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.

    Serves: 8 servings

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