Falafel is a traditional Egyptian and Middle Eastern vegetarian dish. It typically consists of a fried patty made of chickpeas or fava beans and various seasonings and is served alongside pita. This falafel recipe uses string beans as its base ingredient. Easily made in the food processor, these falafel patties will require a little refrigeration before frying. Serve with greek yogurt, hummus, and pita for a Middle Eastern inspired lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

  • 350 grams frozen string beans (defrosted)
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro (or parsley, chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • lemon juice (squeeze of)
  • sesame seeds
  • oil (for frying)

Directions

  1. Add the string beans to a food processor and roughly chop them.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, cilantro or parsley, chili powder, turmeric, cumin, and flour. Blend until everything is well combined.
  3. Salt and pepper to taste and squeeze in a few drops of lemon juice. Pulse together.
  4. With wet or oiled hands, pinch out sections from this dough, forming into balls about the size of a tablespoon. Then flatten the balls out. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Lay out on a baking tray and refrigerate a bit.
  5. Heat up 2 fingers of oil in a skillet and fry the falafels on both sides until golden.
  6. Serve with Greek yogurt and a drizzle of olive oil.
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NutritionView more

40Calories
Sodium3%DV65mg
Fat3%DV2g
Protein2%DV<1g
Carbs1%DV4g
Fiber4%DV1g

PER SERVING *

Calories40Calories from Fat20
% DAILY VALUE*
Total Fat2g3%
Saturated Fat0g0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol
Sodium65mg3%
Potassium80mg2%
Protein<1g2%
Calories from Fat20
% DAILY VALUE*
Total Carbohydrate4g1%
Dietary Fiber1g4%
Sugars<1g2%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Calcium
Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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