About This Recipe:
I love a good falafel pita sandwich, but they can be hard to come by if you don’t have a local Middle Eastern/Mediterranean spot. I am calling these chickpea patties because according to Google, legit falafels cannot be made with canned chickpeas, and these are not deep fried. However, they are very similar to falafels in terms of the ingredients, texture, and flavor. These are vegan, so the flour and oil are definitely necessary to form the patties so they don’t fall apart. You could eat these as an appetizer, but I like making little pita sandwiches for a full meal.
Ingredients (4 servings)
-30 oz canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
-1 small onion, quartered
-4 garlic cloves
-1/2 cup fresh parsley
-1/2 cup fresh cilantro
-1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
-1/3 cup flour
-1/4 cup olive oil
-1 lemon, juiced
-1 tsp paprika
-1 tsp cumin
-4 oz vegan mayo or Greek yogurt
-4 pieces of pita bread
-Salt and pepper
Instructions (30 minutes)
1. Add the chickpeas to a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground (do not over grind into a paste.) Transfer to a large bowl.
2. Then add the onion, garlic, parsley, and cilantro into the processor and pulse until everything is finely chopped. Add to the bowl with the chickpeas.
3. Mix in the panko breadcrumbs, flour, olive oil, lemon juice, paprika, and cumin, and evenly incorporate with the chickpea mixture. Season with plenty of salt and pepper.
4. Form small, compact patties with all of the mixture. Then heat 2 tbls of vegetable oil in a large pan over medium high heat, and cook the patties for about 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown. Flip carefully so that the patties do not break apart.
5. Serve with pita, shredded lettuce, sauce, and anything else you desire.