This Falafel Recipe is definitely one you’ll want to keep on hand for so many occasions! If you don’t know how to make falafel, don’t worry. It’s simple, and you’ll be preparing a wonderful Greek dinner paired with a unique Tahini Recipe in no time!
Raise your hand if you’re obsessed with Greek food like I am! Seriously, it is one of my absolute favorite cuisines, but I’ve always been a little intimidated at the idea of making a Greek dish! But this Falafel Recipe is an absolute game-changer! I am so excited about this recipe from our sweet contributor Madison from Sunny Thymes. This recipe is absolutely effortless and so easily attainable. I’m so excited to make Greek food at home over and over now. And it’s so simple, I may even be able to get the kids involved!
What is Falafel?
If you’ve never had the chance to try Falafel before, get on it! ;) Falafel is a traditional Mediterranean dish that’s been around for centuries. Typically, Falafel is made of chickpeas ( or garbanzo beans), which are ground up and seasoned with onions and spices like garlic, coriander, and cumin. The mixture is formed into balls or spheres and then deep-fried for a delicious crispy outer texture. SO GOOD!
Falafel is definitely one of my all-time favorite Greek cuisine recipes because of how flavorful it is. Which is no surprise once you realize what it’s made out of! All you need for this recipe is chickpeas, garlic cloves, red onion, mint leaves, cilantro, and parsley. And for that kick of zestiness you’ll want to use coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. Finally, grab some avocado oil for frying the rolled falafel spheres.
How to Make Falafel
This Falafel recipe is ridiculously easy to make. Basically, all you have to do is mix all the ingredients together by putting them in a food processor, and blend! Which is incredible for those moms out there with just enough time to make a quick snack to go or to whip up a quick appetizer. First, you want to combine everything except the chickpeas and oil into the food processor. But don’t pulse for a long time! The goal here is to have a crumbly texture, not a liquid concoction, so pulse in 5 second chunks of time! Then, add the chickpeas into the blender and continue to blend 5 seconds at a time. In between each pulse, be sure to scrape down the sides so that those pieces of chickpea blend evenly. Afterwards, you want to transfer the mixture into a bowl and add the flour until well mixed. My favorite part of this recipe is the rolling part. Get the whole family involved and see who can make that perfect Falafel sphere!
The most delicious thing about this recipe is the super creamy Tahini Sauce. And I know what you’re thinking—Matcha Tahini? YES! You read that right! The hint of fresh tea flavor complements the fried and fluffy Falafel so well! Trust me, you’ll want to make this quick snack to-go all the time.
How to Make Tahini
All you need to do to make this Matcha Tahini Recipe is combine the tahini, matcha powder, lemon juice, parsley, cilantro, water, garlic, and salt into a bowl and whisk until it’s totally smooth. It’s that simple! I am so excited to bookmark this recipe as a great, simple standby!
Greek Food Recipes
I am so excited to make this recipe over and over again – and stop having to order Greek takeout so much to get my fix! ;) The Falafel recipe comes together in just a few steps and a few minutes, making for an effortless lunch or easy appetizer. What Falafel recipes or other Greek food do you love to make? I’d love to hear all about your faves in the comments!
This Falafel Recipe is definitely one you’ll want to keep on hand for so many occasions! If you don’t know how to make Falafel, don’t worry. It’s simple, and you’ll be preparing a wonderful Greek dinner paired with a unique Tahini Recipe in no time!
For the Matcha Tahini Sauce:
- 1/2 cup & 2 tbsp tahini
- 1/2 tsp matcha powder (I used Rishi Matcha)
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp each: finely chopped parsley & cilantro
- 1/2 cup & 2 tbsp water
- 1 diced garlic clove
- 1/2 tsp salt
For the Falafel:
- 1 can of chickpeas
- 3 diced garlic cloves
- 1/3 cup chopped red onion
- 2 tbsp tightly packed mint
- 1/4 cup each tightly packed cilantro & parsley
- 1/2 tsp each: cumin & salt
- 1/4 tsp coriander
- 1/8 tsp each: cinnamon, cardamom, ginger
- avocado oil, for frying
For the Matcha Tahini Sauce:
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth and creamy.
For the Falafel:
- Combine all ingredients except the chickpeas and oil in a food processor. Pulse in 5 second increments until everything breaks down into very small pieces.
- Add chickpeas and pulse in 5 second increments, scraping down the sides between each.
- Transfer to a bowl and gently mix in the flour until it’s just combined.
- Roll into balls.
- Put about an inch of oil in a deep pan and heat over medium to high heat. Once hot, add falafel. Cook on each side for about 3 minutes (until browned and crispy).
- Once done, transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel.
- Serve with matcha tahini sauce.