Authentic Falafel Recipe – Quick and Easy Vegan

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Authentic Falafel Recipe

Welcome to the website everybody!  You will not be disappointed with this authentic falafel recipe.  It was quick and easy and just so happens to be vegan.

I compiled this recipe based off a lot of different websites and cross refrenced them until I made sure that this falafel recipe would be authentic and really tasty at the same time.

As well as being tasty, I wanted this recipe to be quick and easy to make.  And my method worked out!  I will explain my method in the how to video below or you can click the jump to recipe button at the top of this post to find out all of the written details.  Enjoy!

Kitchen Products Used

  1. Food Processor
  2. Stainless Steel Cookware
  3. Manual Food Processor

I don’t know of a falafel recipe that doesn’t use a food processor.  So you will probably have to use one in order to make falafel.

A food processor in general is super valuable in the kitchen and especially for vegan cooking.

Can any other vegan attest to that being true?  Vegans need food processors for soooo many dishes.

The other kitchen product we used in this recipe is stainless steel cookware.  We are big supporters of stainless steel cookware here at quick easy vegan.

We believe it to be the healthiest cookware surface to cook on.  Stay away from the non stick cookware that leaches harmful chemicals into your food.

Lastly we used the manual food processor.  We absolutely love this thing.  We use it with pretty much every recipe because its convenient, great at difficult tasks and efficient.

Rosle-manual-food-processor-inside

Quick and Easy Falafel Recipe

This recipe was very quick and easy.  This has to be the fastest way to make falafel from scratch.

Not only is it made from scratch but it is an authentic falafel recipe.  I know because I did a lot of research to make sure that it was.

Anyways, back to quick and easy falafel making.  Unfortunately, you can’t read this post and then start making falafel.  I wish it was that easy.

You first have to soak your chickpeas over night.  A lot of websites say that you can not make falafel from canned chickpeas.

It has something to do with canned chickpeas containing too much moisture and that they were previously cooked.

However, once you get past the soaking of your chickpeas, this recipe doesn’t take long at all to make your falafel.

This is because of the freezer technique we use in this post.  After we food process the falafel ingredients, we then put the mixture into the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Some people say using the fridge for an hour or two but we don’t have time for that at quick easy vegan.

Our freezer technique worked just fine and if you need a little more help keeping your falafel balls together, dust them with a little more chickpea flour.

Are Falafels Vegan?

The answer is yup!  Yes Falafels are vegan.

They do not contain any dairy or eggs.  They also do not have any meat in them either.

So no animal products being used means that falafels are vegan.

I suppose some restaurants could make them not vegan by adding egg as a binder or something.

I honestly don’t think anybody would do that though.  If you are really paranoid about it then ask the restaurant member on staff is there falafel’s are vegan.  The answer should be yes.

Authentic Falafel Recipe

What is Traditionally Served with Falafel?

Falafel can be eaten by itself.  I have done that plenty of times.  Great snack.

However, most people usually eat falafel with something else.

The traditional way of eating hummus is with bread or pita.  It is also traditionally served with tahini and other vegetables.

For this recipe, we used our authentic falafel recipe for our vegan gyro.  It worked really well.

Another use for falafel is a falafel burger.  I’m sure there are many more but I can’t think of any other ones of the top of my head.

How Bad is Falafel for You?

Bad and healthy are such relative terms.  Just take a look at the weight watchers theory.

They’re theory was based on calories.  You could only have a certain number of calories each day and it didn’t matter what you ate, as long as you stayed within your daily calorie limit.

This theory has worked for a ton of people.  So back to how bad is falafel for you?

Yes its traditionally fried but as long as you do not over indulge on falafel there are a lot of health benefits to it.

Chickpeas, olive oil, onions, parsley cilantro and garlic all have tremendous health benefits.

So the key to remember is, just don’t over do it with falafel.  Have it in moderation.

Authentic Falafel Recipe

This is our authentic Falafel recipe that we used for our vegan Gyro!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: easy falafel recipe, falafel gyro recipe, Falafel recipe, food processor, stainless steel cookware, vegan gyro recipe, vegan Tzatziki sauce
Servings: 4 People

Equipment

  • Food Processor, Utility Knife, Stainless Steel Cookware

Ingredients

Falafel

  • ½ Pound Chickpeas Soaked **Has to be Soaked**
  • 3 Shallots diced
  • 5 Garlic cloves pressed
  • ½ cup Parsley fresh
  • ½ cup Cilantro fresh
  • 2 Tablespoons Chickpea Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt & Pepper

Pita & Fillings

  • Pita Bread warmed
  • Spinach
  • Olives
  • Tomato
  • Onion

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1 Cup Almond Yogurt Plain
  • 2 Tablespoons Cucumbers diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Dill fresh
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Garlic Clove pressed
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  • Drain your soaked chickpeas and make sure they are as dry as can be. If there is a little bit of water left it will be fine.
  • Now add all of the falafel ingredients into the food processor and process the mixture until the ingredients look like wet tiny bread crumbs.
  • Put the falafel mixture into a bowl and place into the freezer for 15 minutes.
  • While the Falafel mixture is chilling, make your Tzatziki sauce by adding all of your prepped Tzatziki ingredients into a bowl and whisk them with a fork until the ingredients have made a smooth sauce.
  • By now, the Falafel mixture should be chilled enough and ready to be shaped. Shape them in small little patties or balls by hand. They should have no problem holding their shape. If they do then put them back into the freezer for another 10 minutes and then use chickpea flour when shaping the falafel balls.
  • In a big pan, add Olive Oil so that there is around an inch ½ depth of Oil in the pan.
  • Now heat the oil to 370 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do not have an oil thermometer then just put the stove heat to around medium heat.
  • Once the Oil is ready, add in the Falafel patties and cook on each side for 3 minutes or until they are golden brown on each side.
  • When the Falafel is done cooking, place them on a wire rack or on a paper towel to get rid of any excess oil.
  • While the falafel is cooling, warm your pita bread and grab the pita fillings and you are then ready to assemble your Gyro!
  • Add all the ingredients and drizzle the Tzatziki sauce on top. Lastly, finish wrapping your Gyro with parchment paper or foil. Enjoy!

Notes

If the Falafel is not sticking together then keep in the freezer for 10 more minutes and also use a little chickpea flour when shaping your Falafel.

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Eric

Hello I'm Eric and I am striving to educate people about plant based diets. I enjoy bowling, gardening and nature in my free time. Marilyn and I hope you find our site helpful in learning about a proper Vegan diet.

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