Rating: 4 stars
19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2

For those of us meat-a-tarians at a loss for what to feed our vegan and vegetarian friends, this recipe works really well. Serve the falafel cakes in pocket pita with fresh sliced vegetables and cucumber sauce or tahini. Even the meat eaters love this recipe!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
3
Yield:
6 falafel cakes
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Ingredients

3
Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook the onions in 1 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until soft and translucent.

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  • Pulse the garbanzo beans, imitation sour cream, cornmeal, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt, and hot sauce in a food processor until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the onions; cover and chill for 30 minutes.

  • Place 1/4 cup cornmeal in a shallow dish. Form the garbanzo bean dough into 6 patties, 1/2-inch thick; roll the cakes in cornmeal.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the falafel cakes until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts

409 calories; protein 9.7g; carbohydrates 51.7g; fat 18.7g; sodium 887.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (15)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/24/2010
This was my first falafel experience.I used egg instead of sour cream and had no problems with them coming apart.I also added sesame seeds to the cornmeal to coat.Really yummy thank you. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2012
They fell apart. I used coconut milk instead of sour cream Im Vegan. Next time maybe add more cornmeal. Read More
(2)
19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
09/24/2010
This was my first falafel experience.I used egg instead of sour cream and had no problems with them coming apart.I also added sesame seeds to the cornmeal to coat.Really yummy thank you. Read More
(38)
Rating: 4 stars
10/10/2011
I made this as part of a birthday dinner for my vegetarian son. I had never made or ate falafel before but judging from the responses I got from my son & his friends who eat them regularly I guess they turned out pretty good. I used greek yogurt instead of imitation sourcream (my son's not vegan) and also added in an egg to help hold them together better. I needed to double the recipe but only had one can of garbanzo beans so I used a can of great northern beans as a substitute for the 2nd can and that worked ok. I found I needed to added way more cornmeal than the recipe called for in order to form the batter into formable cakes. I'd definitely make them again for my son. He really liked them and I am always looking for a vegetartian dish to make for him and this worked well. Read More
(30)
Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2007
This was pretty good. We put them in wheat pita pockets with a dollop of sour cream and dipped them in a little honey. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/29/2009
The flavor was great but I had a little trouble getting the cakes to stay together. Regardless they were a hit with both my husband and my two year old. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2009
I ran out of cornmeal so didn't coat the burgers. They cooked up just fine! Great taste! We'll be making these again soon! Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
05/13/2012
I like the fact that this recipe uses no flour or bread crumbs so it's gluten-free. It was not the best falafel I ever had. My husband and I liked it ok but my kids did not. I may try tweeking it a little before searching for another recipe. Egg would definitely help hold it together I think. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2010
Awesome! Easy and tastes so good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2010
These were amazing! Very simple and very delicious! I will definitely make these again. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2011
These were awesome! I couldn't believe how easy falafel was to make! I made a green chutney to dip these in and we loved them! Thank you for sharing!! Read More
(6)
Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2012
They fell apart. I used coconut milk instead of sour cream Im Vegan. Next time maybe add more cornmeal. Read More
(2)