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.
This is the third falafel recipe we share, the other ones were our gluten-free baked falafel and our falafel waffles.
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
- 2 cups cooked or canned lentils
- 1 handful of fresh cilantro
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 clove of garlic
- ½ onion
- 2 teaspoon ground cumin
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup oat flour
- 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.
Can you tell me more about cooking them on a waffle iron? I have a little Dash one, would that work? Would I have to adjust the consistency with the oat flour? Please tell!
Adriana @ Simple Vegan Blog says
Hi Linda! I think it could work 🙂 As I haven't tried it myself, I'm not sure if you would have to adjust it, sorry!
Do I drain the canned lentils
Iosune Robles says
Hi Lisa! It is better to drain it 🙂
Hi, just discovered this recipe. I’m trying to cut down on meat and don’t like chickpeas (but I LOVE Middle Eastern flavours) so I will definitely be trying this out!
Iosune Robles says
Hope you like it Nicola 🙂
looking forward to making this. My picky child loves falafel yet one of my kids is allergic to chickpeas.
Hi Michelle! Hope your childen and you enjoy it 🙂
I forgot to blend the oats.. 😀 however it turned out to be very tasty and nice! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂
Hi Edina! You're so welcome 🙂 Have a nice day!
Can I use anything else for oat flour? It needs to be a gluten free. Maybe buckweat flour or potato/tapioca starch?
Hi Niki! Use any gf flour you want. I'd use chickpea, buckwheat or brown rice flour 🙂 Maybe you'll need to add more or less. Have a nice day!
Just made these - they are very tasty. Thanks for a great recipe!
Hi Sri! You're so welcome 🙂 Have a beautiful day!
OH my! This looks so amazing...I will be trying this tonight! Thank you as always for such an inspirational blog.
Hi Karyn! Thanks a lot 😀 Hope you like it!