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falafel recipe

Falafel Recipe

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Originally from the Middle East, this deeply flavorful vegetarian fried dish is usually wrapped in a pita, but also tastes great on salads or dipped in hot sauce or tahini.

Total time:  10 S
Servings:  10
Calories:  215

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup baby carrots
  • 2(15 oz.) cans chickpeas drained
  • 1/4 small red onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp. kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: 3 balls
  • Fat: 2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 685mg
  • Carbohydrates: 39g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Protein: 10g

Instructions

  1. Add parsley, cilantro, carrots, chickpeas, onion, and garlic to the WildSide+ jar and secure lid. Press "Pulse" 6 times.
  2. Using a large spoon or rubber scraper, scrape the walls of the jar and slightly mix the ingredients.
  3. Replace the lid and press "Pulse" 6 more times. Repeat if necessary. 
  4. Empty the contents of the jar into a medium-sized bowl.
  5. Add all other ingredients to the bowl. Using clean hands or a large spoon, mix all ingredients until incorporated.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to allow flavors to marinate. 
  7. Heat frying oil in a large saucepan until 350°F.
  8. Make tablespoon-sized balls and cook in oil until golden brown. Place on tray covered with paper towel to drain liquid. 
  9. Serve in a pita with fresh lettuce, sprouts, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and red pepper.

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23 comments


  • This is one of my favorite foods! Could you somehow bake the balls instead of frying them?

    Lisa Hansen on

  • You can try heating them in the oven, but they will turn out different.

    Blendtec on

  • Hi,i’m not a fan for frying,can i make these in the oven,thank you

    Louise on

  • Yes, you can try baking these, but the taste and texture will change. Since there is no meat in these, you can also try them raw.

    Blendtec on

  • How long can you keep this, before you make the final balls, in the refrigerator?

    The Kman71 on

  • Jeff – Yes, you can try baking these, but the taste and texture will change. Since there is no meat in these, you can also try them raw.

    Blendtec on

  • Having a hard time blending this due to dry ingredients!

    Joe on

  • This falafel is amazing! I have made it twice this week. I normally would bake it, since I don’t love frying things, but I decided to pan fry them in a small amount of olive oil. It is delicious! I highly recommend this fantastic recipe!

    Karen c on

  • Didn’t work in my blendtec. Everything is jammed in the bottom. Had to use another mixer. It is also too salty. I was very disappointed.

    Cyn on

  • Having trouble blending this receipt due to the dry ingredients, any suggestions?

    joe on

  • Sorry to hear this recipe didn’t work for you. You could trying steaming the carrots for a bit so they are softer.

    Blendtec on

  • Be sure you are scraping the sides to keep everything in the middle, close to the blade. You could also try steaming the carrots for a little bit, just so they are a little softer.

    Blendtec on

  • Love fresh new ideas!! This one is a keeper!

    Nicole on

  • Yes, the balls can be frozen and fried later, though we recommend thawing the balls first before putting them in the hot oil.

    Blendtec on

  • Can the balls be frozen and fried later?

    GL on

  • What non-gluten, low carb flour can you substitute for all purpose flour?

    Janice on

  • If you do not care for normal olive oil I would recommend using avocado oil – don’t be afraid of a bit of avocado oil as it has good fats your body needs.

    Jennifer on

  • Hi. I’m new to Blendtec blending (finally upgraded from my $20 blender, so excited!) so please understand if this a dopey question. But if the recipe does not say to chop a veggie, that means I can just put it in whole? Whole garlic clove, whole 1/4 onion, etc?
    Thanks!

    Emmer PDX on

  • You could try almond flour!

    Blendtec on

  • Yes, that’s correct! We’ll say in the recipe whether or not it should be quartered, etc. Welcome to the family and happy blending!!

    Blendtec on

  • These come out really well if you use the Twister jar.

    Brad Kovach on

  • You are blowing my mind.

    Emmer PDX on

  • Can one just bake these? I’d like to avoid the oil.

    Jeff on

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