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Air Fryer Falafel Bowls

Air fryer falafel bowls are super easy and delicious and because they're made in the air fryer, this vegetarian recipe is healthier than the fried alternative!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • For the falafels:
  • 1 can 15 1/2 oz chick peas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup self rising flour or 1/4 cup ap flour and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 garlic clove peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the bowls for 4 servings
  • 4 rounds pita bread cut into small triangles
  • 1 to mato sliced
  • 1/2 large seedless cucumber sliced
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt*
  • *or tzatziki sauce about 2tbs-1/4 cup per bowl)
  • chopped parsley for sprinkling

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a food processor combine ingredients for the falafels (chick peas, self rising flour, parsley, garlic clove, cumin, and salt). Process for 15-25 seconds, until no more whole beans can be seen (the mixture can be coarse and doesn't have to be a smooth paste).
  • Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, form 1.5 tablespoon balls of the falafel batter, rolling the batter between your hands to form balls.
  • Spray the bottom of an air fryer with cooking spray and place falafel balls in the basket of the air fryer in a single layer.
  • Cook the falafel at 350 for 10 minutes, rotating the falafel halfway through cooking. You can spray the falafel themselves with a little cooking spray for a nicer looking/crunchier finish.
  • While the falafel are cooking, prepare the other bowl ingredients.
  • When the falafel are done cooking, assemble the bowls: divide the falafel between 4 bowls and serve with pita bread triangles, tomato slices, cucumber, greek yogurt and top with a sprinkle of fresh parsley and enjoy!

Other cooking instructions:

  • If you don't have an air fryer, the falafel can be baked on a cooking spray lined sheet pan at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, or they can be fried in canola oil (bring 1-2 inches of canola oil to a slow boil in a deep saucepan or pot, carefully lower in the falafel balls and fry for 2 minutes, then flip with tongs and cook for another minute, or until balls are golden brown).
  • Assemble bowls as instructed.

Notes

If serving hungry adults, I'd suggest doubling the falafel ingredients, the recipe makes about 2-3 falafel per serving, the entire recipe makes 8-12 falafels (depending on the size you roll them), there have been times when I have eaten 4 falafels myself because they're so good.
Nutrition information disclaimer: the nutrition information presented on this site should be considered an estimate as the calculations will change based on the exact products you use in your own kitchen.  
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 416mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g