I definitely learned a lesson while trying to develop these falafel patties. Canned garbanzo beans do NOT work well. They add way to much moisture and the falafels turn out mushy. The garbanzo beans need to be dry. If you aren’t able to find dry garbanzo beans, I have some available at my Amazon Store!
Falafels are one of my favorite middle eastern foods and I’ve been thinking about creating a recipe for quite some time! Instead of forming them into balls and deep frying them like traditional falafels, I decided to make them into falafel patties and simply fry them like pancakes! They turned out perfect, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The tahini dressing is a MUST with these. It’s the same dressing that I serve with my Oven Roasted Cauliflower. It’s so flavorful and adds the perfect punch! Make these as an appetizer at your next gathering and I guarantee everyone will love them 🙂
Falafel Patties with Tahini Dipping Sauce
For the falafels
- 1 cup dry garbanzo beans (not canned!) – available at my Amazon Store
- 1/4 onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
- 3 Tbsp. garbanzo bean flour
- 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
- 3/4 tsp. sea salt
- 3/4 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 Tbsp. lukewarm water
- Coconut oil (for frying)
For the tahini dipping sauce
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup lukewarm water
- 2 Tbsp. mayo
- 1 – 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley
- Place the dry garbanzo beans in a bowl, cover them with about 4 cups of water and let them soak for 6 – 8 hours.
- Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans. Use a towel to pat them down and remove any excess water.
- Place the garbanzo beans into a food processor with the rest of the falafel ingredients except for the water. Mix on high until well processed. Add the 1 Tbsp. of water and mix on high until the falafel dough forms and becomes stickier.
- In a frying pan, add a generous amount of coconut oil and heat over medium high heat. I have about 1/2 inch of oil in my pan.
- Form the falafel mixture into small patties by rolling them into balls and then gently flattening them.
- Working in batches, fry the falafels in the HOT oil, flipping when they turn golden brown — this happens quickly!
- Once the falafel patties are all fried, mix up the tahini dressing by adding all ingredients to a blender and mixing until smooth.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!!