za’atar falafels

Za’atar falafels

Za’atar can mean two things – the Arabic word for thyme & the spice mix including thyme. For this recipe, I’m referring to the Spice Mix Za’atar which includes thyme, sumac, sesame seeds & salt. I purchase mine from a Middle Eastern grocer, it’s always in my house.
Fresh crusty bread + Za’atar + extra virgin olive oil = heaven.

za’atar falafels

(vegan, gluten free, egg free)

1 cup of dried chickpeas

1 cup of dried broad beans (washed & soaked overnight)
1 onion
3 cloves of garlic
1 bunch of coriander (cilantro)
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tsp salt
2 tsp cumin

2 tsp sumac
2 tsp Lebanese 7 spice mix
(cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, nutmeg, pimento & black pepper)
Optional: If you like it spicy you can throw in a few fresh chillies. I leave the chilli out as my little ones aren’t into spicy :)

1. Rinse & drain the soaked chickpeas & broad beans.
2. Blend all ingredients in food processor & roll into balls.
3. Roll in Za’atar mixture
4. Shallow fry until golden brown & cooked through.

I have tried baking these in the oven, but unfortunately, I found them too dry, so that’s why I choose to shallow fry them.

Serve with salad, lettuce cups & babaganoush, hummus or tahini dressing.
Happy bean soaking,
Tina xo


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