Vegetable falafel

Falafel with joghurt sauce

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Falafel is a vegan dish very popular in Arab countries. It is prepared from chickpeas or beans, shaped into balls coated in sesame.

The falafel I have prepared is not vegan but vegetarian because I added eggs and as you know, vegans do not eat eggs.

I served the falafel with a delicious joghurt-based sauce. I spiced it up a little with chili pepper and green onions.

It was my first attempt at falafel. Before, I had only eaten it in restaurants.

I personally liked it very much, especially when served with sauce. I think it is a dish worth trying. Although it does not contain meat, it is quite filling and additionally its preparation is cheap.

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Vegetarian falafel
Falafel

Ingredients for falafel.

Falafel:

  • 400 g canned chickpeas
  • 4 big cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of powdered cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried chili flakes (or fresh chili)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 green onions
  • small bunch of parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of powdered coriander
  • few leaves of mint
  • 60 g breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons of sesame seeds
  • sunflower oil for frying

Joghurt sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons of tahini
  • 200 g of natural joghurt
  • green onion
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • a pinch of salt

How to make falafel.

Falafel: put the chickpeas in a blender, add the mushed garlic and blend.

Transfer the blended chickpeas into a bowl, add the cumin, chilis, black pepper, eggs, finely chopped green onion and parsley, salt, coriander, chopped mint leaves and breadcrumbs. Knead the mixture with a spoon or by hand. Once done, form medium-sized balls, flatten them on your hand and coat them in sesame seeds.

Pour the oil into a frying pan and heat it up. Once hot, put on the falafel balls. Fry over a medium heat until golden brown on both sides.

Joghurt sauce: pour joghurt into a cup, add tahini, finely chopped onion, cayenne pepper and salt. Mix.

Serve the falafels with the sauce.

Vegetarian falafel
Falafel

Good to know when making chickpea falafel.

I used canned chickpeas, but you can also cook raw chickpeas by yourself. However, you must remember to soak them beforehand.

I usually use sunflower oil for frying. This was also the case this time.

Do you like vegetarian dishes? If so, try our recipe for Tartare from baked vegetables.

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