Best Falafel Recipe (Vegan and Glutenfree) : Meatless Monday

Best Falafel Recipe (Vegan and Glutenfree) : Meatless Monday – a quick homemade falafel recipe made with garbanzo beans, mint, garlic and few other ingredients. It tastes absolutely delicious, the mixture can be made and frozen for upto a month.  Best-vegan-Falafel-RecipeWho’s ready for some delicious and hot homemade falafel’s or as I call them my “Best Falafel Recipe (Vegan and Glutenfree) : Meatless Monday”. If you haven’t tried making falafel at home then you’re definitely missing on a very simple yet addicting recipe. It may look or sound difficult but it’s absolutely simple. Easy-peasy ingredients that I’m sure most of you have in the kitchen pantry. I still remember the first time we made them at home, Oh My Gosh, I don’t know about D, but I definitely went slightly crazy with excitement!! The falafel came out perfectly golden in color, evenly crispy on the outside and moist inside – just the way you’d love it.  best-homemade-falafel-recipeInfact, the falafel balls make an excellent snack for events as these can be made beforehand. You can make the batter a month or so before and just thaw them overnight. Fry the falafels the day you need to serve them and trust me everyone would think they are from the restaurant as they look exactly the same. There are few tips and tricks to make the best homemade version and the what I like the most here is we have an option of changing any ingredients as per our choice (except garbanzo/chole beans ; – which is the main ingredient 😉 ):
Tips For Making the Best Falafel:
1. They need to be made from soaked garbanzo beans and not canned or boiled.
2. The mixture needs to sit for 20-30 minutes for the flavours to mix together.
3. Always fry them on medium heat and use oil with high smoke point like olive oil, canola, peanut, etc
4. Use a spoon or scoop to make same size falafels everytime.
Falafal-Process
Now, that you have the tips, the process is really simple. All you have to do it soak the garbanzo beans overnight or a good 7-8hrs in cold water. Once, the beans are properly soaked, simply drain the liquid as you don’t want to use that liquid. If you’re wondering why? Then the answer is because once the beans are soaked, they release indigestible sugars that cannot be digested well by our system and results in flatulence. Hence, it’s best to discard that water to reduce any unwanted situations or tummy aches after consuming beans 😉 So, once the beans are soaked, washed and ready, go ahead and mix all the ingredients in food processor. Keep this mixture in the fridge for 20-30minutes (if making the falafel that day) or freeze this mixture upto a month. Once, you’re ready to make the falafels, then just make round balls of big or medium size and fry till golden brown. That it, you have the falafels ready !! easy-homemade-falafel-recipe2  Seriously, it’s this simple and you got to try these ‘Best Falafel Recipe (Vegan and Glutenfree) : Meatless Monday ‘ soon as the homemade ones are better than anything you might have eaten outside. Until Next Time-easycookingwithmolly from-scratch-falafel-recipe

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Best Falafel Recipe (Vegan and Glutenfree) : Meatless Monday

30 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

1 Cup Dry Garbanzo Beans

6 Cups Cold Water

1/2 Large Onion - any colored onion would do.

1/2 Cup Parsley

3 Medium Garlic Cloves - chopped

2 Sprig Fresh Mint Leaves

1/4 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tsp Sesame Seed

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

2 Tbsp Glutenfree Flour - you may use all purpose flour too

1 Tsp Cumin Powder

1 Tsp Coriander Powder

1/4 Tsp Red Chili Powder - you may use cayenne

2 Cups Oil - for frying

Instructions

  1. Soak the dry garbanzo beans in 6 cups of water. (Soak overnight or 6-8hrs).
  2. Once soaked, drain the beans and wash with fresh water.
  3. Keep the washed beans aside.
  4. In a food processor, add beans, onion, garlic and pulse till everything is mixed evenly.
  5. Now, add all the other ingredients (except oil) and pulse to form a smooth course mixture.
  6. Remove the mixture in a large bowl, cover with plate and put in fridge for 20 minutes.
  7. After 20 minutes, remove the mixture from fridge.
  8. Using a spoon or scoop, make equal size balls (big or small as per choice).
  9. Properly shape the balls into a circular shape, making sure there are no cracks.
  10. Heat the oil in a deep pan and heat it for 2 minutes.
  11. Turn the heat to medium and add 3-4 falafel balls at a time in the hot oil.
  12. Fry each side on medium to low heat till falafels have an even golden brown color (takes 2-3 minutes).
  13. Remove from oil and place the cooked falafel balls on kitchen towel to soak excess oil.
  14. Similarly, fry all the falafels.
  15. Serve with freshly chopped purple cabbage and mint leaves along with favorite sauce.
Cuisine: Mediterranean | Recipe Type: Entree, Snack
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Calories
44 cal
Fat
1 g
Carbs
7 g
Protein
2 g


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29 Replies to "Best Falafel Recipe (Vegan and Glutenfree) : Meatless Monday"

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    Renz April 17, 2017 (1:34 pm)
    These looks so well seasoned. I can def use three of these on my salad. And pretty easy to make.
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    Adriana Lopez Martn April 17, 2017 (2:26 pm)
    I am a falafel fan, love how easy it looks to make. Falafel is such a great appetizer and can be also a full meal with a salad or served inside a sandwich. In love with this!
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    Megan Marlowe April 17, 2017 (6:21 pm)
    I have never had or made falafel. (I KNOW, what is wrong with me?) I love everything in falafal so I'm not sure why I haven't. BUT I am looking forward to making my own at home with your recipe which looks perfect and the best introduction of falafel into my life!
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      Molly Kumar May 22, 2017 (5:26 am)
      Hehhehe, there's nothing wrong. Give them a try soon :)
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    Traditionallymodernfood April 17, 2017 (7:37 pm)
    This is our family favorite. I like the way u made it gluten free. Looks super crispy now I m hungry for few
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    Veena Azmanov April 17, 2017 (8:29 pm)
    We love falafel in our family. Such an amazing treat. You have some amazing flavors going with the cumin and coriander. I usually use Cilantro leaves in mine but I love the sound of mint -- must try next time.
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      Molly Kumar April 18, 2017 (1:49 am)
      Thanks Veena. The mint, cumin n coriander adds so much flavor to the falafel. Hope you get to try them soon :)
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    Pam April 17, 2017 (11:42 pm)
    These sound so good. I love falafel but I have never tried making them at my home before.
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      Molly Kumar April 18, 2017 (1:46 am)
      Thanks Pam. They ar absolutely easy to make at home, try the recipe, I'm sure you'd love it :)
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    Swathi April 18, 2017 (11:57 am)
    I love falafel, but I haven't tried with Chickpeas alone. I tried fava beans one. This one is perfect with pocket of pita bread and some veggies. I am in you can call me for a dinner. .
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      Molly Kumar May 22, 2017 (5:22 am)
      You should try them soon, very easy to make :)
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    Kelly @ trial and eater April 18, 2017 (1:33 pm)
    These look so good! I've never made falafel but this sounds like the perfect recipe to try first.
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      Molly Kumar May 22, 2017 (5:21 am)
      Give them a try, they are really easy :)
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    Uma Srinivas April 18, 2017 (4:03 pm)
    This looks beautiful :) Liked this because its vegan and gluten free, My kids favorite and mine too :) But i never added mint.
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      Molly Kumar April 19, 2017 (3:57 pm)
      Thanks Uma. The mint adds a great refreshing taste to the falafel.
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    Kathy McDaniel April 18, 2017 (4:04 pm)
    Even though I love falafel, I hardly ever make them because in my head they seem like a big production. NOT with your recipe!! Thank you for simplifying falafel for me!! The fact that I can freeze them too is a huge plus. Love it!!!
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      Molly Kumar April 19, 2017 (3:50 pm)
      That's exactly what I used to think until I made them at home. They infact are so very easy to make and I love freezing the mixture for future use :) Glad you liked the recipe!!
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    Stephanie@ApplesforCJ April 18, 2017 (4:24 pm)
    I haven't had falafels in a while but your recipe sounds good. Would love to try this but I only have boxed chickpeas right now. Do you think those would work okay in your recipe?
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      Molly Kumar April 19, 2017 (3:21 pm)
      Hi Stephanie, I'm so glad you liked the recipe. I assume boxed chickpeas is same as canned chickpeas and that would not be fit here as they won't give the needed crumbly texture. You need dry/uncooked chickpeas for the falafels.
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    Priya Srinivasan April 19, 2017 (4:44 pm)
    Protein packed snack! we love falafels!! Your presentation is stunning, that purple cabbage and this golden fried falafel compliment each other so beautifully!
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    Kate April 19, 2017 (4:54 pm)
    I love falafels! Your recipe looks really good. I have never added mint before...I will have to try it!
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    Sandhya Ramakrishnan April 21, 2017 (2:27 am)
    I love Mediterranean flavors and would grab any opportunity I get to eat them. The falafels look gorgeous and I am literally craving for some at 11 PM. I love using fresh chickpeas for the recipe as you have mentioned as it makes it really crunchy.
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      Molly Kumar May 22, 2017 (5:19 am)
      Thanks Sandhya and hope you get to try it soon.
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    lalaine April 22, 2017 (1:57 am)
    I've never had falafel before. Thanks for making it look so easy to make, I 'll give it a try at home.

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