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Falafel

A popular vegan recipe, falafels are are healthy protein- and fiber-packed dish when pan sauteed or baked instead of deep fried. You can certainly use the deep-fryer for this falafel recipe, but baking will save you clean up time as well as a lot of fat a

A popular vegan recipe, falafels are are healthy protein- and fiber-packed dish when pan sauteed or baked instead of deep fried. You can certainly use the deep-fryer for this falafel recipe, but baking will save you clean up time as well as a lot of fat and calories.
A popular vegan recipe, falafels are are healthy protein- and fiber-packed dish when pan sauteed or baked instead of deep fried. You can certainly use the deep-fryer for this falafel recipe, but baking will save you clean up time as well as a lot of fat and calories.

Falafel

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry garbanzo beans, rinsed, soaked overnight

  • 4 cups water

  • 1/2 cup white sesame seeds

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons curry powder

  • Juice and grated zest of 1 small lemon

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • Olive oil for spraying 


Directions:

  1. Place garbanzo beans in a medium pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender, about 2 hours.

  2. In a large bowl, mash the beans with sesame seeds, parsley, garlic, curry, lemon juice and zest. Season with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature while you preheat the oven.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  4. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil. Form bean mixture into 1/4-cup size patties.

  5. Place falafel on the baking sheet and spray generously with olive oil. You can also brush or rub olive oil on falafel if you don't have a sprayer.

  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until falafel are lightly browned and heated through.

  7. Serve warm in pita bread, on salads, or crumbled over vegetables.


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