I’m in love with falafel, it was love at first sight. I think it’s my favorite legume recipe and it has been so helpful for eating on the go because Turkish food is so popular here in Europe, so it’s a great choice to enjoy a vegan meal in (almost) every city.
I tried lentil falafel in a vegan restaurant in Málaga last year and I make my own version now. Have you ever tried lentil falafel? It’s even better, less dry and also easier to digest because I use cooked or canned lentils (traditional falafel is made with raw chickpeas).
There are at least 3 ways to cook falafel, maybe more, but I haven’t tried them. Traditional falafel is fried, but I prefer to bake it or use my waffle maker (it’s so convenient!). Bon appetit!
- Feel free to use any greens or herbs you want: cilantro, parsley, spinach, etc.
- Garlic and onion powder are also a great choice.
- Use chickpea flour or any flour of your choice instead of the oat flour.
- We used pardina lentils, which are quite popular in Spain, but any other type of lentil is okay (I prefer brown lentils).
Easy Lentil Falafel
Lentil falafel is even better than the traditional one, which is made with chickpeas. It’s less dry and easier to digest because is made with cooked lentils.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 16
- 2 cups cooked or canned lentils (350 g)
- 1 handful of fresh cilantro
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1/2 onion
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 cup oat flour (120 g)
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF or 200ºC.
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender (except the oat flour) and blend until well combined.
- To make the oat flour, we just blended some oats in a blender.
- Add the oat flour to the mixture and blend again. You may need to add more or less flour to get the perfect consistency.
- Make about 16 small discs, place them onto a baking sheet (we lined it with some parchment paper) and bake them for 10 minutes for each side or until golden brown.
- Serve the falafel with your favorite ingredients: veggies (we used lettuce, red bell pepper, tomato and carrot), pita bread, tortillas, vegan yogurt sauce or oil-free vegan yogurt sauce, etc.
- Serving Size: 1 falafel
- Calories: 58
- Sugar: 0.7 g
- Sodium: 88.1 mg
- Fat: 0.8 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 9.9 g
- Fiber: 2.5 g
- Protein: 3.4 g