Monday, August 23, 2010

Rainy Day Falafel and Tabouli

On a rainy Sunday, it’s a given that I’ll spend some time in the kitchen, preparing little things for us to nibble on as we relax and enjoy the gloomy weather (and we do enjoy it, as long as we don’t have to go anywhere!) This time, I decided to make falafels and tabouli.

I followed the Momo’s Falafel recipe from The Garden of Vegan because it’s really fast. You just puree the chickpea mixture in the food processor, form it into patties, and sauté them until golden brown.

To go with the falafel, I prepared the vegan tzatziki sauce from Veganomicon. The cashews and cucumber gave it a smooth, creamy texture, and its strong garlicky, lemony taste is completely addictive.

Finally, I made a quinoa tabouli, simply because I had quinoa on hand and was out of bulgur.

Quinoa Tabouli
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
¼ tsp. salt
2 small tomatoes, chopped
½ cucumber, seeded and grated
½ carrot, grated
1 cup parsley, minced
2 Tbsp. flax oil
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
½ tsp. salt

Combine the quinoa, water and ¼ tsp. salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, turn down the heat, and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, prep your veggies. When the quinoa is done, dump it into your serving bowl and fluff it with a fork. Add the tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, parsley, flax oil, lemon juice, and salt. Stir to combine. I don’t like to serve it when the quinoa is hot, so I stick in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving.


  1. i want Veganomicon so badly!!! im stuck with "Vegan with a Vengeance" which is good too, but time for an update! ur falafels are adorable Sara! they would be so good dipped in salsa too <3

  2. Mmmm, I have always love falafels, and they are a great comfort food:) Strangely, some of the best I've eaten were in Paris, France! Drizzled with some slightly runny houmus and a squeeze of lemon - delish.

    Hope your rain has stopped, it's absolutely pouring down here, and did for most of the night - gotta love the hose pipe ban that seems to have kicked it off back in July!!!!

  3. I love Quinoa Tabouli, but have never made my own. Yours looks delish. I'm going to have to try your recipe! :o)

  4. mmm! I love quinoa! I think I'd prefer tabbouleh with this rather than buckwheat, such a neat idea, and probably even better for you! :D