Making homemade vegan falafels

After a few days away for the holidays (more on that in a later post), I have decided to share with you my recipe to make falafels ! I love falafels : they are so easy to make, and so delicious.

You can buy them (usually they are in the “bio” or “organic” section of supermarkets) but I find them quite expensive for not many falafels. In addition, there often are many additives and preservatives added in those. So as I love cooking everything from scratch, I thought it would be fun to try to make them myself, and I was delighted with the result.

The strong point of my recipe is that you do not even need any expensive cooking utensils ! Your handstand a fork will be enough.

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To make the falafels, you’ll need :

  • a can of chickpeas
  • tahini
  • some olive oil (or other oil if you prefer)
  • half of a lemon’s juice
  • one onion
  • spices : I used mint, curry, paprika, cayenne pepper, pepper, coriander, basil and oregano, but you do not have to use them all !
  • sesame seeds (optional)

The process is very quick and easy to follow :

  1. Rince your chickpeas, then pour them in a plate (or on a flat surface) and mash them with a fork
  2. Once you start to get a paste-like mixture, add the chickpeas to a bowl
  3. Add half of a lemon juice, two tablespoons of tahini, one tablespoon of olive oil, the diced onion and your spices
  4. Stir with your fork, then use your hands to combine all the ingredients more easily
  5. Form little balls with the mixture by pressing them well (or they’ll collapse during the cooking process) and put them on a baking sheet
  6. On a flat surface, pour some sesame seeds, then roll the falafels in those to make the seeds stick to the balls
  7. Cook at 190-200° for around 20-30 minutes depending on the consistency you want to get (the more they cook, the crunchier they will be)

And voilà ! You’ve got your falafels ! Delicious, quick, easy, and healthy. I usually like to make either a guacamole or a mint and lemon soy sauce to eat them.

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For the guacamole :

  • Mash one (or two) avocado depending on its size
  • Add half of a lemon’s juice, pepper, half of a diced onion (optional)

For the mint-lemon sauce :

  • Pour around 100ml of soy based cream (I used the Bjorg one)
  • Add  half of a lemon’s juice, pepper, 1 tablespoon of tahini, one teaspoon of agave (or honey if you’re not vegan), one teaspoon of mustard (optional)
  • Spice it up ! Add some basil or oregano, and mint
  • Mix well, and you’re done !

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