Easy Vegan Falafel (Minimalist Baker Recipe)

By David Kitson

December 29, 2016

Easy Vegan Falafel (Minimalist Baker Recipe)

  • Prep: 2 hrs
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 12


425g can chickpeas, rinsed, drained and patted dry

15g chopped fresh parsley

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 shallots, minced (~ 3/4 cup, 65 g | or sub white onion)

2 Tbsp (17 g) raw sesame seeds

1 1/2 tsp cumin, plus more to taste

1/4 tsp each sea salt and black pepper, plus more to taste

OPTIONAL: Healthy pinch each cardamom and coriander

3-4 Tbsp (24-31 g) all purpose flour (or sub oat flour or gluten free blend with varied results)

3-4 Tbsp (45 - 60 ml) grape seed oil for cooking (or sub any neutral oil with a high smoke point)

OPTIONAL: Panko bread crumbs for coating (see instructions)


1Add chickpeas, parsley, shallot, garlic, sesame seeds, cumin, salt, pepper (and coriander and cardamom if using) to a food processor or blender and mix/pulse to combine, scraping down sides as needed until thoroughly combined. You’re looking for a crumbly dough, not a paste (see photo).

2Add flour 1 Tbsp at a time and pulse/mix to combine until no longer wet and you can mold the dough into a ball without it sticking to your hands - I used 4 Tbsp.

3Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. I added a bit more salt, pepper, and a dash of cardamom and coriander. You want the flavor to be pretty bold, so don’t be shy.

4Transfer to a mixing bowl, cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to firm up. If you’re in a hurry you can skip this step but they will be a little more fragile when cooking.

5Once chilled, scoop out rounded Tablespoon amounts (~30 g in weight // I used this scoop) and gently form into 11-12 small discs.

6OPTIONAL: Sprinkle on panko bread crumbs and gently press to adhere - flip and repeat. This will produce a crispier crust but is optional.

7Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add enough oil to generously coat the pan - about 2 Tbsp. Swirl to coat.

8Once the oil is hot, add only as many falafel as will fit very comfortably in the pan at a time - about 5.

9Cook for a total of 4-5 minutes, flipping when the underside is deep golden brown. Repeat until all falafel are browned - the deeper golden brown they are, the crispier they'll be. They will also firm up more once slightly cooled.

10Serve warm with garlic-dill sauce or hummus, inside a pita with desired toppings or atop a bed of greens.

11Best when fresh, though leftovers will keep in the refrigerator covered for several days. Freeze after that to keep fresh for up to 1 month.


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