Friday, June 24, 2011

FALAFEL The perfect dinner on a hot summer night!

For my summers between college, I worked at Cedars Of Lebanon. I always loved the food, and to this day, I wish I had paid attention to how it was made. I was craving falafel the other day, and came across this fabulous recipe from

It was an instant hit with my husband and kids. We had it again tonight, and the kids were so excited! It is perfect for a hot summer night. And, perfect when you don't love meat. The leftovers are great to put over lettuce for a lunch salad.

I also wanted a baked falafel, instead of deep fried.
This recipe is pan fried and then baked.


  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil


  1. Wrap onion in cheese cloth and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Set aside. Place garbanzo beans, parsley, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt, and baking soda in a food processor. Process until the mixture is coarsely pureed. Mix garbanzo bean mixture and onion together in a bowl. Stir in the flour and egg. Shape mixture into four large patties and let stand for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  3. Heat olive oil in a large, oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Place the patties in the skillet; cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side.
  4. Transfer skillet to the preheated oven and bake until heated through, about 10 minutes.
After making the falafel, you serve over pita and lettuce, and top with sesame tahini sauce. I got my tahini at a local grocery store, and added water as the directions stated, and a little lemon juice and sea salt. It is alright. I am still on the lookout for something a little more fresh! If you have a great source or recipe you use for tahini sauce, I would love to see it!

Have a Happy and Delicious Day!


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1 comment:

Candy McCall said...

I too fell in love with falafel this spring in Israel. I can't wait to make it for my fam- thanks again!

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