Vegan Falafel with Tahini Sauce

These vegan falafel balls are bursting with freshness and flavor, and are served with a delicious tahini sauce. They make a great appetizer or main dish, and can be served with a variety of sides.


  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Tahini sauce, for serving


To make the falafel: In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, cumin, salt, and pepper. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped, but not pureed. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the tahini, water, lemon juice, cumin, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Shape the mixture into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter. Place the balls on a plate, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.

To make the tahini sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the tahini, water, lemon juice, cumin, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

When you’re ready to cook the falafel, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the falafel balls and cook for about 5 minutes, until browned and crispy. Serve with the tahini sauce and your favorite sides.

Potential changes & improvements

If you want a crunchier falafel, you can add 1/4 cup of bread crumbs to the mixture. For a spicier falafel, add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, or more to taste. You can also experiment with different herbs and spices in the mixture.

What other food it works well with

Serve vegan falafel with tahini sauce, hummus, pita bread, and your favorite vegetables. It also goes well with rice, quinoa, or salad.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake is not chilling the mixture before cooking. This step is important because it helps the falafel balls hold their shape. Another mistake is not cooking the falafel long enough. Be sure to cook them until they are crispy and browned.

Nutritional Information

Each vegan falafel ball contains about 80 calories, 4 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrates, and 2 grams of protein.


This recipe contains gluten (from the flour), and nuts (from the tahini).

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