Jul 30, 2010



Probably the only thing better than eating falafel at a picnic is making falafel - once you find an easy, quick, tasty recipe, that is.

If you are searching for the perfect falafel recipe, look no more.
For those that are unaware of what falafel is, it is ground chickpeas, parsley and carrots, made into balls or patties and are typically fried in plenty of oil. Not here, oh no! Frying them in a teaspoon or two will get you crispy and delicious flalafels. This recipe is not any more complicated than opening a can of beans into a food processor along with the veggies. Buzz, form into patties and pan-fry.

The tahini sauce is made with yogurt, garlic, homemade tahini (much cheaper than buying at the store), lemon juice,a little olive oil and a dash of sweetener.

The kids loved it. I loved it. David will love it, too.

Cost Breakdown:
chickpeas: $2
vegetables: $3
tahini and yogurt: $1
lemon: $.50
Total to make 10 patties, 5 servings:


  1. You know, I talk about falafal like I've had it/made it/knew what it was... (which I didn't, really). These look great! And healthy without the deepfry in oil.... I'll be excited for the recipe!

  2. I adore falafels. First had them when I went to Israel and it was instant love. I need to add garlic, cumin and onions to mine and like the tzatziki sauce more than the tahina sauce. They're awesome.

  3. Mmm this looks so good! I might have to make some myself!

  4. yumm falafels are so awesome love it!

  5. I love, love, love falafel, but I've never thought once to make it. Thanks for the inspiration! Now post the recipe. ;)

  6. Ladies, I love falafels as well! And if you are not a lover of the falafel, it is time for a date. Recipe is being posted :)

  7. I've never made them from scratch like this, I usually buy a box mix, but you have inspired me, this sounds pretty simple, and looks delish!

  8. Hmmm, we haven't made this in a while, I think it is time to do so! Sounds yummy!

  9. Hi Leslie and Tiffany! These are better than a box and probably just as fast. Yes, it is falafel time again :)

  10. These sound wonderful! I did a baked version that I really enjoyed. You can see it here: http://fightthefatfoodie.blogspot.com/2010/04/chickpeas-3-ways-part-3-baked-falafel.html

  11. Oy. I have the hardest time making falafel. It might be one of those foods that I just need to buy. I love them too much not to eat them.

  12. Thanks, Fight the Fat Foodie.

    Sara, before you give up, try my recipe. You might be surprised; all you need is a can of garbanzos.


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