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A healthy and highly nutritious flavorful Vegan Quinoa Falafel Bowl, perfect as a picnic or for dinner on the balcony or terrace.

Vegan Quinoa Falafel Bowl

A healthy and highly nutritious flavorful Vegan Quinoa Falafel Bowl, perfect as a picnic or for dinner on the balcony or terrace.

Course Main Course
Cuisine International
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 644 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chickpeas (soaked for 12-24 hours)
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1 hand full fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 hand full fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4-6 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 3/4 cup chickpea brine
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1.5 cups quinoa
  • 1.75 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 3 roma tomatoes

Instructions

  1. The night before soak about 4 cups of dried chickpeas in abundant water.
  2. Drain, rinse and drain chickpeas again.
  3. Add 2 cups of soaked chickpeas into food processor.
  4. Add the rest of the chickpeas to a large pot, cover with water up to about 1/2" over the top, bring to the boil and once boiling reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for approximately 30 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, peel and roughly chop onion. Add to food processor.
  6. Wash, dry, and finely chop coriander and parsley (only leaves, no stalks). Add to food processor.
  7. Peel and crush garlic. Add to food processor.
  8. Add 1 tsp salt, cumin and baking powder to processor and pulse many many times until everything is well combined but not smooth and rather coarse. About sesame seed size pieces.
  9. Add flour and work in by hand adding as little as possible to be able to form balls without the dough sticking too much to your hands.
  10. Form golf ball sized balls and place on a parchment paper lined flat plate with enough space in between them.
  11. Put plate with raw falafel balls into the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  12. Add 1 cup coriander leaves (no stalks) to a blender and add 1/2 cup water. Blend until smooth and no big chunks of herb are visible anymore.
  13. Add quinoa, 1.75 cups water, coriander water and 1 tsp salt to a pot. Bring to the boil and once boiling reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer until all water is absorbed (approx. 15 minutes).
  14. Heat about 2 cups of vegetable oil with a high smoke point (such as avocado oil) in a pan over medium low heat. This will take at least 15 minutes.
  15. Wash and chop tomatoes and cucumber. Set aside.
  16. Once the oil is hot (about 375 F / 190 C), take out falafel from the freezer, carefully add 6-8 falafel balls at a time to the oil and fry from all sides until golden brown. Place fried balls onto a paper towel lined plate to absorb the excess oil.
  17. Once falafel is fried the chickpeas should be ready, too.
  18. Add 2 cups cooked chickpeas, 3/4 cup brine, 1/4 cup olive oil, tahini, 1 tsp salt to blender and blend until smooth.
  19. Serve as shown in the photos. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Quinoa Falafel Bowl
Amount Per Serving
Calories 644 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 1998mg87%
Potassium 1136mg32%
Carbohydrates 88g29%
Fiber 16g67%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 815IU16%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 193mg19%
Iron 7.7mg43%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.