Falafel  from Closet Cooking

Golden brown balls of chickpeas that are light and crispy on the outside and warm, moist and tender on the inside.

Servings: makes 4+ servings

Prep Time: 16 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 16 hours 30 minutes
  • 1 cup dried chickpeas/garbanzo beans, soaked in cold water overnight
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1 lemon, zest
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • cayenne to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Pulse the drained chickpeas, onion, garlic, cilantro, parsley, coriander, cumin and lemon zest until it forms a coarse meal.
  2. Sprinkle in the flour and baking soda and pulse a few times to combine, then test the mixture to make sure that it holds together adding more flour until it does.
  3. Refrigerate the mixture in a covered container for a few hours.
  4. Form the mixture into balls or patties.
  5. Heat oil in pan to 350F, fry the balls in small batches until golden brown, about 4-6 minutes and set aside on paper towels to drain.

Falafel Pita Sandwich

A pita filled with crispy warm falafels, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, feta and a tasty tahini yogurt sauce.

Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

  • 4 pitas
  • 1/2 cup tahini yogurt sauce
  • 1 cup tomato, diced
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup lettuce, shredded
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup feta, crumbled (optional)
  • 1 batch falafels, warm
  1. Assemble sandwich and enjoy!

Tahini Yogurt Sauce

A fresh and tangy tahini and yogurt sauce that is just a little bit too addictive.

Servings: makes 1/2 cup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 small clove garlic, grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • cayenne to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix everything.