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Spinach Falafel With Tahini Dressing [Vegan]

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I have been making a conscious effort to concentrate on creating interesting recipes from the easy and cheap local ingredients available, going back to the vegan basics of beans, lentils and veggies. I think its very important that vegan food should be accessible to everyone, not just the privileged. So here is my recipe for homemade spinach falafel, using ingredients that are more often than not readily available.

Spinach Falafel With Tahini Dressing [Vegan]


20 falafel


Spinach Falafel:

  • 2 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cup spinach, packed
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp breadcrumbs
  • Homemade Pitas (Use this recipe)


  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp pink himalayan salt


For the Falafel:

  1. Place the chickpeas, onion, garlic, spinach and parsley in a food processor and pulse until pasty and combined (or use a stick blender if you don’t have a food processor like me)
  2. Mix the cumin, coriander, salt, flour, baking powder and soda in a large bowl then add the mushed up chickpea and spinach mixture. Mix well with a wooden spoon, making sure there are no dry patches left
  3. Stir in the breadcrumbs. If the mixture seems to dry add up to 2 more tablespoons of breadcrumbs and mix well. Use the falafel mixture immediately.
  4. To make the falafel, heat 3 inches of oil in a pan. Take a walnut sized lump of the falafel mixture, and using two spoons shape into balls and gently drop into the hot oil. Cook each falafel for about 5 minutes until browned. Keep going until all the falafel mixture is used up
  5. Enjoy inside a salad filled pita bread topped with tahini dressing.

For the Tahini Dressing:

  1. Blend everything together until smooth and creamy



For gluten free falafel just replace flour and bread crumbs with gluten free versions





Desserts and dinners that really know how to please a crowd. I have spent the last three and a half years sailing around the world as a Chief Cook with Sea Shepherd. On board these strictly vegan ships I have learned so much more about cooking, especially having to please a very hungry crew of sometimes 40 people three times a day, whatever the weather or how much the ship is rolling. While patrolling against illegal fishing in West Africa, I decided to start my vegan recipe blog, The Grumpy Sailor.



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3 Years Ago

Is there a way to cook the falafels without oil? Can they be baked? Or made into patties like a veggie burger? This recipe sounds yummy!


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