Diva Tasting: Falafel Recipes…

Falafel Recipes

Falafel with Cucumber Sauce


For Sauce:

1 (6 Ounce) Container Plain Yogurt

½ Cucumber – Peeled, Seeded, And Finely Chopped

1 Teaspoon Dried Dill Weed

Salt And Pepper To Taste

1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise (Optional)

For Falafel:

1 (15 Ounce) Can Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans), Drained

1 Onion, Chopped

½ Cup Fresh Parsley

2 Cloves Garlic, Chopped

1 Egg

2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin

1 Teaspoon Ground Coriander

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Dash Pepper

1 Pinch Cayenne Pepper

1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Cup Dry Bread Crumbs

Oil For Frying

2 Pita Breads, Cut In Half (Optional)

1 Cup Chopped Tomatoes (Optional)

½ Cup Feta Cheese (Optional)


Step 1 In a small bowl combine yogurt, cucumber, dill, salt, pepper and mayonnaise and mix well. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Step 2 In a large bowl mash chickpeas until thick and pasty; don’t use a blender, as the consistency will be too thin. In a blender, process onion, parsley and garlic until smooth. Stir into mashed chickpeas.

Step 3 In a small bowl Whisk egg, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, cayenne, lemon juice and baking powder. Stir into chickpea mixture along with olive oil. Slowly add bread crumbs until mixture is not sticky but will hold together; add more or less bread crumbs, as needed. Form 8 balls and then flatten into patties.

Step 4 Heat 1 inch of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry patties in hot oil until brown on both sides. Serve two falafels in each pita half topped with chopped tomatoes and cucumber sauce.

Baked Chickpea Burgers


2 Cups Canned Garbanzo Beans, Rinsed And Drained

2 Tablespoons Whole Wheat Flour

2 Cloves Garlic, Minced

1 Tablespoon Wheat Germ

1 Tablespoon Chopped Onion

2 Teaspoons Soy Sauce

½ Teaspoon Sea Salt


¼ Cup Sour Cream

½ Cup Greek Yogurt

½ Cup Salsa


Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Step 2 Grease a baking sheet.

Step 3 Mash garbanzo beans, whole-wheat flour, garlic, wheat germ, onion, soy sauce, and salt together in a bowl until well combined.

Step 4 Shape garbanzo bean mixture into 12 one-inch balls and place on prepared baking sheet. Flatten with a spoon.

Step 5 Brush with Olive Oil on both Sides. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 15 minutes; flip and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Step 6 Mix sour cream and salsa together in a bowl for the dip. Serves 4 serve in pita pockets with diced tomatoes, feta and sauce or Greek yogurt and Greek side salad.

Falafel with Yogurt and Dill Sauce


1 (15 Ounce) Can Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans), Drained And Mashed With Fork

¾ Cup Panko Bread Crumbs

¼ Cup Diced Red Onion

2 Cloves Garlic, Crushed

1 Egg

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Cilantro

1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin

¼ Teaspoon Kosher Salt

¼ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

¼ Cup Panko Bread Crumbs

1 Cup Canola Oil For Frying


1 Cup Plain Yogurt

Cup Finely Chopped Fresh Dill

½ Lemon, Juiced

½ Teaspoon Garlic Salt

¼ Teaspoon Ground White Pepper


Step 1 Combine chickpeas, 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs, red onion, garlic, egg, 1 tablespoon olive oil, cilantro, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, cumin, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl.

Step 2 Form mixture into 2-inch patties. Place 1/4 cup panko crumbs in a shallow bowl. Gently press patties into the crumbs to coat.

Step 3 Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 4 Fry patties in the hot oil until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Set patties aside.

Step 5 Stir yogurt, dill, lemon juice, garlic salt, and white pepper together in a bowl. Serve sauce drizzled over falafels. Serve in pita pockets with choice of toppings: diced tomatoes, dill sauce and Feta Cheese if desired. Serves 4


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