by Cindy Yanasha Angulo in , , , , , ,

Another perfect meal for Meatless Monday's! Falafels remind me of street food in NYC, on a cold night like tonight! They're very easy to make - and they're ready in just 20 mins - so I no longer have to stand in a cold line to have some! 


Time: 20 mins - makes ~8 - 10 falafels


  • 1 can garbanzo beans  
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder 
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon diced onion
  • 1 handful fresh parsley  
  • 2.5 tablespoons all purpose flour  
  • 2-3 hot wiri wiri peppers if desired  
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil  
  • 1-2 cups vegetable oil for frying  


  1. Strain & wash the garbanzo beans. 
  2. Add all ingredients in a food processor & pulse for 2-3 mins until the mixture is fine & grainy.
  3. In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil (make sure the oil height is about 1 inch thick) to medium heat.
  4. Break off golf ball sized pieces of the mixture & form into falafel patties with your fingers.  
  5. Add the falafels one by one to the pan & fry for 2 mins on each side (or until golden brown). 
  6. Lay on paper towels to get any excess oil off, and serve. These go great in a salad or in pita bread!  

Pita Bread:  


  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour  
  • 1 packet fast acting yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar  
  • 1 cup warm water  
  • 1 teaspoon salt  


  1. Pour the yeast packet in a measuring cup. Add the sugar & warm water, stir. Place it aside in a room temperature, dark space (I put it in the microwave without turning it on). Leave it for 15 mins so the yeast bubbles up.
  2. Put the flour & salt in a basin. Add the yeast water, knead into a dough.  
  3. Break 2" balls of dough & roll them each out with a rolling pin. You may need to add a little dry flour so it doesn't stick to the surface you're rolling it on. Don't roll them out too thin, let them be about 1/2 inch thick.  
  4. Use PAM spray on a flat griddle or frying pan to cook the pita bread for about 5 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown.