Grandma Zaibak’s Favorite Falafel Recipes

To Grandma Zaibak, nothing could rival the excitement of trying out a new falafel recipe — so to honor one of her greatest passions, we’ve put together the following collection of falafel recipes for your enjoyment. Some are quick, some are challenging, and some put a novel spin on the time-tested culinary perfection that is falafel. Happy cooking!


Falafel Salad

Serves: 4 Hands-on time: 10 minutes Total time: 15 minutes 1/2 cup fine bulgur wheat 1 clove garlic, crushed Zest of 1 lemon, plus juice of 1/2 lemon 1 tsp Za’atar (TIP: Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice mixture that includes thyme, sumac, marjoram



Broad Bean Falafel Sandwich

Serves six Falafels 500g/1lb fresh broad beans, removed from the pod 1 tsp baking powder 1 small red onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed with a little salt A large handful of parsley, chopped A large handful of coriander, chopped



Baked Falafel with Kale

Ingredients 3 garlic cloves, quartered 3 Tbsp cilantro ¼ cup parsley, chopped ½ cup kale 2 cups chickpeas (or 1-15 ounce can) ¼ cup almond flour 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice ½ Tbsp ground cumin ¾ tsp paprika a pinch



Falafel-Stuffed Eggplant with Tahini Sauce and Tomato Relish

Ingredients: Tahini sauce: 3 tablespoons warm water 2 tablespoons tahini (roasted sesame seed paste) 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon honey 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 garlic clove, minced Eggplant 2 eggplants (about 12 ounces each) Cooking spray 3/4



Zucchini Falafel

Ingredients 2 cups zucchini (grated) 2 cups chickpeas (garbanzo – soaked and cooked or canned) 2 garlic cloves 2 cups cilantro (coriander leaves) 1 tsp chilly powder 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp coriander powder 1/2 tsp salt (to taste)



Baked Saffron Falafel

Ingredients Falafel: 1/2 cup raw shelled sunflower seeds 2 cups cooked or canned chickpeas, rinsed, drained 1 small onion, coarsely chopped 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon buckwheat flou1 1



Falafel-Crusted Chicken With Hummus

Ingredients Cooking spray 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pounds), sliced into 1/4-inch-thick strips 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup falafel mix 2 whole-wheat pitas, halved 6 tablespoons hummus Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon 1/2



Spicy Falafel

Ingredients 2 tablespoons of sunflower or vegetable oil 1 small finely chopped onion 1 crushed garlic clove 400 gram can of washed and drained chickpeas 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander handful of chopped parsley 1 beaten egg



Lentil Falafel Recipe

Ingredients 4 cups cooked lentils (I used green) 3/4 cup flour, divided (plus probably a little more) 2 teaspoons cumin, ground 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 -2 tablespoon lemon juice salt & fresh ground pepper 1/2 cup brown onion, finely



Open-Faced Falafel Burger

Ingredients Sauce: 1 cup hot water 1/4 cup tahini (sesame-seed paste) 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 garlic cloves, minced Patties: 1 cup chopped red onion 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1



Coconut Curried Falafel

Ingredients 6 Falafel Balls 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 1 diced Red Pepper 3 Minceds Garlic Cloves 1 tablespoon Fresh Ginger (minced) 1 diced Small Summer Sqaush 1 cup Pea Pods (cut in half) 1 tablespoon Madras Curry Powder 1 can



Fava Bean Falafel

Ingrediants 1/2 pound dried fava beans 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 small onion, finely chopped 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped juice of half a lemon salt to taste Directions 1. Soak



Falafel with Avocado Spread

Ingredients Patties: 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1/4 cup finely crushed baked tortilla chips (about 3/4 ounce) 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro 1/8



Baked Falafel Salad

Falafel ingredients 2 cups garbanzo beans, cooked, drained and rinsed 2 tablespoons onion, minced 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 clove garlic 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped 2 tablespoons flour ½ teaspoon cumin Pinch coriander, ground ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper



Baked Sweet Potato Falafel

Serves 4-6 Ingredients 2 sweet potatoes 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 small cloves of garlic, chopped 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander 2 big handfuls of fresh cilantro, chopped Juice of half a lemon A scant cup (120g) gram/chickpea flour


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Baked Falafel

Ingredients 1/4 cup chopped onion 1 (15 oz) can of garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon



Grain-Free Falafel

Ingredients: 1 cup of chopped carrots (about 2 medium carrots), 1/2 cup of sliced green onions (about 2 onion stalks), 1/2 cup of chopped fresh parsley...



Gluten Free Vegan Lentil Falafel

Ingredients: 5 cups cooked green/brown lentils, 2 kolhrabi- each approximately 15 oz ,1 cup flax seed, ground, 1 cup potato, corn, or tapioca starch, 1.5-2 tablespoons salt...



Quinoa Falafel with Tahini Sauce

These falafels are very low in fat and can be made from canned or fresh cooked garbanzo beans. Serves 4. Ingredients: 1/2 Cup Quinoa, 1 Cup Chopped Carrot...



Edamame Falafel

Serves 4. Time to prepare: 35 minutes. Ingredients 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 10 ounces frozen shelled edamame, thawed 3/4 cup parsley 1 1/2 teaspoons ground