Grilled Falafel

I have a falafel recipe somewhere but it seems to have gotten lost in all the moving around we have done over the years. I googled “falafel recipes” and ended up at where I found this recipe by justcallmetoni

I read a few of the reviews and admittedly, the first time I made these I didn’t have any cilantro or parsley in the house! I subbed in a bit of dried parsley and a bit of coriander; they were amazing! Second go around, I had cilantro but no parsley…I really need to get my act together! I had my doubts about the green falafel. I thought my boys might not like it but they proved me wrong. The next time I make this it is my goal to have both fresh parsley and fresh cilantro on hand!

Sometimes I make falafel and serve it with Bombay Rice and a green Vegetable; sometimes I make it and serve it in a wrap. You can make this recipe and use the resulting falafels quite successfully, either way!

falafel wrap
Falafel Wrap

1 Tbsp (15ml) Olive Oil
1 small Onion, finely diced
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 – 14 oz (398ml)  can Chick Peas
1 cup (250 ml) loosely packed Cilantro
1 cup (250 ml) loosely packed Parsley
1 cup (250ml) cooked Brown Rice*
1 teaspoon (5 ml) Curry Powder
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) Cayenne Pepper
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Fresh Lemon Juice
3/4 cup (175ml) Breadcrumbs

Serve alongside Rice and Veg for a complete Meal
Serve in a Wrap or Pita with Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, Tzatziki

Heat oil in a skillet over med-high heat.
Saute onion for a minute or two; add garlic and continue sautéing until onion is soft and garlic is golden, about 4 minutes, total.
Let cool.
Place sauteed onion in food processor; add chickpeas and pulse to coarsely chop the beans.
Add cilantro, parsley, rice, curry and cayenne; pulse until all ingredients are finely chopped and evenly distributed.
Turn the mixture into a bowl.
Stir in lemon juice and 1/4 cup (50 ml) of the breadcrumbs.
Pour remaining breadcrumbs onto a plate.
With your hands, mix chickpea mixture until it is like a moist dough.
Scooping up 1/4 cup (50ml) at a time, form the chickpea mixture into patties.
Coat lightly in the remaining breadcrumbs.
Repeat, making 8 – 3 inch (7.5cm) patties.
Heat  cast iron skillet.
Brush lightly with oil.
Place the patties in the skillet, about an inch (2.5 cm) apart.
Cook 4 minutes, until lightly browned.
Turn and cook another 4 minutes, until second side is lightly browned.

Serve immediately alongside Bombay Rice and a Green Vegetable of your choice or in a Wrap or a Pita with thinly sliced Tomatoes, Cucumber, Shredded Lettuce and Tzatziki.

Serves 4 – 6

*I  have used plain white rice because it is what I had on hand.

falafel and bombay rice with wilted spinach
Falafel and Bombay Rice with Wilted Spinach

Or you can just throw ’em on top of some Salad! Oh, Falafel, you are so versatile!

falafel on salad with tzatziki
Falafel on Salad with Tzatziki


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