This is the fastest, easiest way I have found to make my favorite food, falafel, at home. This falafel recipe uses ground chickpea flour, which eliminates the need to grind up the chickpeas yourself. I have been dying to find a good falafel recipe, and I have found this recipe to be easy, fast, and tasty.
I used Bob’s Red Mill Garbonzo Bean Flour (chickpea flour), and adapted the recipe from a recipe on the back of the package. However, I used fresh parsley in this recipe and I think that it makes all the difference. To me, the dried parsley flakes aren’t strongly flavored enough, and cannot compare to fresh parsley. But if you don’t have fresh parsley on hand, you could use the dried kind. This recipe is great because I usually have all of these ingredients in the pantry, and falafel makes for a fast easy weeknight dinner, which also saves well for lunch sandwiches the next day.
For the sandwiches, I used my Croatian ajvar, homemade hummus, and quinoa tabbouleh. The combination of the roasted red peppers in the ajvar, the tahini and garlic in the hummus and the fresh parsley, lemon juice, and vegetables in the tabbouleh, all put on a whole wheat pita, made a perfect sandwich. I literally ate these sandwiches all week, and was delighted with the flavor profile each and every time.
- 1 cup Garbanzo Bean Flour
- 2 tbsp Fresh Parsley
- ¼ tsp Baking Soda
- ¼ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Cumin
- ½ tsp Onion Powder
- 3 tbsp Lemon juice
- ⅓ cup warm/hot water
- 2-3 tbsp Olive Oil (for frying)
- In a medium bowl, combine the chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour with the fresh minced parsley, and the other dry ingredients and seasonings.
- Mix in the lemon juice, and slowly start incorporating the warm water until the mix can be made into balls.
- Let the mix stand for 5-10 minutes.
- Heat the oil on the stove at a medium/ medium-high temperature. Use a spoon to place portions of the mix into the hot pan. Let the falafel fry on each side for about 4-5 minutes until golden brown, and cooked through.
- Place the finished falafel on a paper towel to dry off some of the oil.