Here’s a delicious Gluten-Free Falafel Recipe that you can enjoy. These crispy and tender falafel patties are naturally vegan and packed with fresh flavors. You can serve them with your favorite dips, gluten-free pita bread, or in a salad.

What is a Falafel?

Falafel, those golden-brown nuggets of delight, have been a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries. But what if you’re following a gluten-free diet? Fear not! Our gluten-free falafel recipe is here to satisfy your cravings without compromising on flavor or texture. Let’s get cooking

The Magic Ingredients

Chickpeas (The Star of the Show)

Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are the heart and soul of falafel. These little legumes bring protein, fiber, and a nutty flavor to the table. Soak them overnight, and they’ll be ready to dance in your food processor.

Fresh Herbs (The Green Goodness)

Parsley and garlic add a burst of freshness to our falafel. Chop them finely, and they’ll infuse every bite with vibrant flavor.

Spices (The Flavor Builders)

Ground cumin and coriander are the secret spices that make falafel sing. Their warm, earthy notes elevate the dish to a whole new level.

Gluten-Free Flour (The Binder)

I am using Arthur’s Gluten Free Flour to bind our falafel. You can also use chickpea flour or rice flour.

The Method

  1. Soak and Blend:
    • Soak the chickpeas overnight. Drain them and toss them into a food processor.
    • Add the chopped onion, garlic, parsley, cumin, coriander, baking soda, salt, and pepper.
    • Pulse until you have a coarse mixture—think sesame seed-sized bits.
  2. Shape and Rest:
    • Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Drizzle in some olive oil and add the chickpea flour.
    • Mix well and refrigerate for a couple of hours. This rest time helps the flavors meld and the mixture hold its shape.
  3. Cook to Perfection:
    • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
    • Shape the mixture into small patties and gently place them in the hot oil.
    • Fry until they’re crispy and golden on both sides. Alternatively, bake them in the oven for a healthier twist.
  4. Serve and Savor:
    • Serve your gluten-free falafel with a zesty tahini sauce, hummus, or a refreshing cucumber-yogurt dip.
    • Pile them into a warm gluten-free pita or enjoy them atop a vibrant salad.

Gluten-free falafel isn’t just for those with dietary restrictions—it’s for anyone who craves a burst of flavor and a satisfying crunch. So go ahead, whip up a batch, and let your taste buds do the happy dance!

Remember, good food is meant to be shared. Snap a pic, tag us, and spread the falafel love. Happy cooking! 

It’s Falafel Time

Recipe by Lucy ChesnaCourse: Main, AppetizersCuisine: MediterraneanDifficulty: Medium
Servings

12

servings
Calories

80

kcal
Soaking chickpeas overnight + preparation

15

Minutes
Pan Frying

4

Minutes per side
Baking

20

Minutes

These crispy and tender falafel patties are naturally vegan and packed with fresh flavors. You can serve them with your favorite dips, gluten-free pita bread, or in a salad. Let’s get cooking

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas (soaked overnight)

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour (e.g., chickpea flour or rice flour)

Directions

  • Place the dried chickpeas in a large bowl and cover them with water. Let them soak overnight. Drain before using.
  • In a food processor, combine the soaked chickpeas, chopped onion, garlic, parsley, cumin, coriander, baking soda, salt, and pepper.
  • Pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal (similar to the size of sesame seeds).
  • Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
  • Add the olive oil and gluten-free flour. Mix well.
  • Refrigerate the mixture for 2-3 hours to help it hold together.
  • Shape the mixture into small patties.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Pan-fry the falafel patties until golden brown on both sides (about 3-4 minutes per side). Alternatively, you can bake them in the oven at 375°F (190°C) for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Notes

  • Serve the gluten-free falafel with your favorite sauces, hummus, or tahini.
  • Enjoy them as a snack, in a wrap, or as part of a Mediterranean-inspired meal.

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