No-Gadget Falafel

May 18, 2015


Author Notes: Don't have a blender OR a food processor? Not even a potato masher!? Who *are* you!? You are me. And thank goodness, I've found a way we can still make falafel without all the gadgets.
(Note: I'm a parsley and dill-hater, hence why I prefer to make my own falafel! I used a small amount of parsley in this recipe, but if you want to amp up the herbs, feel free to add more chopped parsley and/or dill).
Izy Hossack

Makes: 12
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 45 min

Ingredients

For the falafel:

  • One 14-ounce can of chickpeas
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (or buckwheat flour, if gluten-free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped (use the other half for serving)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • vegetable or canola oil, for frying

To serve (all optional!):

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • handful of fresh mint, finely chopped
  • handful of cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • hummus
  • mixed salad leaves
  • flatbreads, to serve (gluten-free, if needed)

Directions

  1. Open the can of chickpeas and pour them into a strainer to drain. Rinse the beans and the can under cold water. Keep the can as we're going to use if for smushing!
  2. Pour the drained, rinsed chickpeas into a wide bowl with the lemon juice. Use the base of the empty can to smush and squish the chickpeas into as smooth a paste as possible. If the cut-edge of the empty can is sharp and not safe to hold, just use the base of an unopened can and rinse it off after you're done.
  3. To the chickpea paste, add the flour, ground cumin, salt, and parsley. Stir together well, then add the onion, garlic, and cilantro. Mix together using your hands until very well combined.
  4. Divide the mixture into 12 equal balls (roughly 2 tablespoons of mixture per ball). Flatten each ball slightly with your fingertips.
  5. Heat a skillet over a medium flame and fill to about 1/4-inch depth with oil. When the oil looks shimmery, place a few of the flattened balls into the skillet. Fry until golden, then flip and cook on the other side until golden. Remove to a tray or plate lined with paper kitchen towel to drain.
  6. To serve: Mix together the yogurt, mint, and cilantro. Spread some of this herbed yogurt over a flatbread along with some hummus, slices of red onion, salad leaves, and falafel. Wrap up and eat!

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Reviews (8) Questions (0)

8 Reviews

Peony February 8, 2018
Followed the recipe exactly and ended up with mushy oily crumbs...I added a bit of extra flour and let them rest over night and still did not hold. :-(
 
Baileybayo December 23, 2017
We loved these! We ended up making them into patties and they were delicious!
 
KC June 2, 2015
My family (4yr old included) loved these! But they were falling apart in the pan. Any suggestions on how to firm them up a bit? Oh, and we skipped the parsley and dill but added a ton of chopped chives.
 
Author Comment
Izy H. June 2, 2015
you could add an egg white to help bind the mixture together a bit more! Also make sure everything you add is very finely chopped and that the chickpeas are as smooth as you can get them - that should help to make the mixture a bit more moist so it holds up better. Glad you enjoyed them :)
 
ncindc August 28, 2015
I added a bit of tahini, and it helped to bind them together
 
beejay45 September 17, 2015
If you let the balls sit for a while, even overnight (covered in the fridge) the flour or other binder will hydrate better and help hold them together. I use the Norpro Ebelskiver pan (which sucks for ebelskiver since the indentations are pattie-shaped rather than half rounds) which really keeps all of this kind of stuff together, from falafel to crab cakes and everything in between and means you can avoid wheat flour altogether with certain recipes, or use gram flour or buckwheat instead for more flavor.
 
Brittney N. July 8, 2017
I had the same issue, but I just added another tablespoon flour and the second batch turned out great
 
Yvetta L. May 22, 2015
I'd recommend actually washing the can -before- using it to smush food, too.