Vegetarian: Vegetarian Dishes: Falafel

These high-fiber falafels patties, made of spiced garbanzo beans and grains, can be served alone or as filling ingredients in pita bread.

Author: American Dry Bean Board
Date: April 21, 2006

Serves: 4 person(s)
Yield: 4 x 4 patty servings

Preparation Time: 35 mins
Cooking Time: 6 mins
Extra Time: 1 hrs (for pre-cooking beans)


    1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans or 1-1/2 cups cooked dry-packaged garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed, drained
    1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
    1/4 cup packed parsley leaves
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 tsp ground cumin
    3/4 tsp dried oregano leaves
    2 tsp lemon juice (2-3 tsp)
    2 dashes each of salt and black pepper, to taste, divided
    1 cup dry plain wholegrain bread crumbs, divided
    1/4 cup chopped raisins (optional)
    1 egg yolk
    1 olive oil cooking spray
    1/2 cup chopped tomato
    1/2 cup chopped cucumber
    1/3 cup nonfat plain yogurt
    1/2 tsp dried mint leaves (optional)


    FALAFEL: Process garbanzo beans, onion, parsley, garlic, cumin, and oregano in food processor until smooth; season to taste with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir in 1/2 cup bread crumbs, raisins, and egg yolk.

    Form bean mixture into 16 patties, using about 1 1/2 tablespoons for each. Coat patties with remaining 1/2 cup bread crumbs.

    Spray large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat until hot. Cook falafel over medium heat until browned on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Spray tops of falafel with cooking spray and turn; cook until browned on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes.

    TOMATO-CUCUMBER RELISH: Combine tomato, cucumber, yogurt, and mint leaves in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

    Arrange 4 falafel patties on each plate; serve with Tomato-Cucumber Relish.


    If desired, serve falafels in pocket pita bread halves or serve the patties along with hummus and pita bread slices.

    Serving suggestions are not included in the nutritional analysis.

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Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:311 cals
Kilojoules:1,302 kJ
Fat:4.0 g
Carbohydrates:58.0 g
Protein:12.0 g
Cholesterol:54.0 mg
Sodium:575 mg
Saturated Fat:0.8 g
Fiber:7.0 g
Calcium:305.0 mg
Total Sugars:11.0 g

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