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Air Fryer Carrot Falafel with Tahini Sauce

Air Fryer Carrot Falafels

Never mind raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, falafel are definitely one of my favourite things. They transport me straight back to the bustling streets of Alexandria in Egypt. Every street corner had its own falafel vendor who sold them fresh and hot, stuffed into pitta bread and drizzled with tahini sauce. We used to have them for breakfast as a special treat. These air fryer carrot falafel may not be the authentic recipe, but they’re delicious and are a breeze to make.

The last time I posted a recipe for this Egyptian staple, it was for these chocolate falafel, which formed part of a six course chocolate dinner. They were a roaring success, but as I’ve never managed to get my hands on chocolate almond butter again, I’ve not repeated my triumph. I could, of course, make my own nut butter and now I’ve thought of it, I surely will. Meanwhile these air fryer carrot falafel work a treat. They are vegan and gluten free and make for a tasty brunch or lunch for four. Double the quantity and you have an easy evening meal.

Air Dryer Carrot Falafel

The best falafels, according to Claudia Roden, come from Alexandria; who am I to argue with that esteemed connoisseur of all dishes Middle Eastern? They are certainly the best I’ve ever eaten. They’re made with dried fava beans, otherwise known as broad beans, rather than the ubiquitous chickpeas. As a nod to these, I used fava bean flour to bind my falafel mixture together, though you could use gram flour (chickpea flour) instead.

Traditionally falafel are served with tahini sauce and salad, all nice and snug in a pitta bread. I didn’t have the requisite bread, so we ate our air fryer carrot falafel in a wrap, loaded with my latest favourite salad – Brussels sprouts. If you haven’t tried sprouts in a salad, they’re a revelation. I’ll be posting my recipe for Brussels sprout salad at a later date.

Carrot Falafels (pre-cooked)

I used my Optimum HealthyFry to cook these golden balls of goodness. It gave them the classic crisp on the outside, tender on the inside finish, but without having to either fry them in lots of fat or heat an expensive oven. I’ve been using this appliance a lot since I got it and it’s one of those gadgets that actually gets used on an almost daily basis. It’s very simple to work and easy to clean too. It also reduces cooking times and gives great results.

Air Fryer Carrot Falafel

My blender, the Optimum G2.3 platinum series induction blender, didn’t get forgotten. I used the little jug to mush the chickpeas, parsley and garlic and it did a grand job. Once again, it was very quick and easy.

Air Dryer Carrot Falafel
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Carrot Falafel
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Tasty and simple to make, these falafel contain carrots for extra nutrition. They are vegan and gluten free. Serve with tahini sauce, salad and flat bread.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4 people
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme
Ingredients
Falafel
  • ½ tsp dry fried cumin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion - diced
  • 1 carrot - grated
  • 1 tin chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • few sprigs parsley
  • ½ lemon - zest & juice
  • ½ tsp tamari
  • 1 rounded tbsp fava bean flour
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp turmeric
Tahini Sauce
  • 1 heaped tbsp tahini
  • ½ lemon - juice
  • ½ tsp tamari or other high quality gluten free soya sauce
  • ½ tsp hot chilli sauce
  • hot water
Instructions
Falafel
  1. Dry fry the cumin in a frying pan for a few minutes, then remove.
  2. Fry the onion and carrot in the olive oil over a moderate heat for about 5 minutes until softened.
  3. Grind the chickpeas up with the lemon juice, tamari, garlic, tahini and parsley. I used the Optimum G2.3 which worked a treat.
  4. Turn out into a bowl and stir in the remaining ingredients.
  5. Leave in a cool place to firm up for half an hour or so, then roll into ping pong size balls.
  6. Heat the air fryer as per instructions, then place on chip setting and air fry for 15 mins at 180℃. Shake the basket half way through cooking. Alternatively bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes at 180℃.
Tahini Sauce
  1. Stir the tahini, lemon juice, tamari and chilli sauce together, then whisk in enough hot water to make a smooth sauce that's just the right consistency for drizzling.

Recipe Notes

Makes 16 ping pong sized balls. Serves four as a light lunch or 2 as a main meal. 

Double the quantities to serve more.

 

 

 
Meat Free MondaysI’m sending these air fryer carrot falafel off to Jac at Tinned Tomatoes for Meat Free Mondays.

 

 

 

Cook Once Eat TwiceThey also go to Corina at Searching for Spice for Cook Once Eat Twice. The falafel will keep in the fridge for a few days and can also be frozen.

 

 

 

No Waste Food Challenge LogoAs any leftover air fryer carrot falafel can be frozen to be eaten when required, this also goes to Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary for the #NoWasteFoodChallenge.

 

Other air fryer recipes you might like

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Air Fryer Carrot Falafel

 

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Comments

  1. Leave a Reply

    Camilla Hawkins
    26th February 2017

    Just loving all the flavours packed into these lush looking Falafels! Thanks for including my recipe:-)

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      Choclette
      26th February 2017

      My pleasure Camilla. It’s really useful to get recipe ideas as air frying is still a new concept to me.

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      Choclette
      26th February 2017

      They are really very easy, especially if you use a tin of chickpeas like I did and cook them in an air fryer. Definitely worth a try.

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      Choclette
      26th February 2017

      Yes, if we’d only used some sort of wholemeal bread, this would have been a super healthy meal.

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    lisa
    26th February 2017

    I LOVE the look of this!! That wrap too… yum!!

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      Choclette
      26th February 2017

      Thanks Lisa. They were the best wraps I’ve had in a long time 🙂

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    Emily | Oat&Sesame
    26th February 2017

    I love falafel! Carrot will be a great addition to the norm! And tahini dressing is always amazing! Can’t wait to try yours!

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      Choclette
      26th February 2017

      Thanks Emily. You can’t really taste the carrot, but it’s fun to get a bit of extra veg in.

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    Janice
    26th February 2017

    These look delicious and I’m definitely adding them to my list as I always buy my falafel for speed.

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      Choclette
      26th February 2017

      Definitely worth making a batch up and keeping in the fridge / freezer. They don’t take long, especially with Froothie gadgets 😉

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      Choclette
      26th February 2017

      Well we did eat them all. There were two of us and it was our main meal 😉

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    Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs
    26th February 2017

    These look fab Choclette! We often make falafel wraps for lunches and dinners but we’ve never actually tried making them ourselves. Who knew it was so easy – and not at all unhealthy! Great recipe 🙂

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      Choclette
      27th February 2017

      Thanks Emma. Making the real thing with dried fava beans or chickpeas and then deep frying is a bit more complicated, but these are super easy to put together and can be shallow fried and baked in the oven or just baked in the oven.

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    Pretty
    27th February 2017

    I love falafel too, the addition of carrot is clever! I need to get myself a air fryer!

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      Choclette
      27th February 2017

      The air fryer was a completely new concept to me, but now I’ve got one, I’m finding I’m using it more and more.

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      Choclette
      27th February 2017

      Carrots are wonderful. The colour goes particularly well with these falafel.

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    Chris @thinlyspread
    27th February 2017

    They look delicious but I am TOTALLY distracted by chocolate falafel, GENIUS! Make that almond nut butter immediately!

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      Choclette
      27th February 2017

      Those felafel were a bit of a hit. I really should try making them again.

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    Dannii
    27th February 2017

    I am obsessed with my air fryer, but I never would have thought to do falafel in it. Tahini sauce is a must with falafel!

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      Choclette
      27th February 2017

      I’m glad we’re in agreement 🙂 The falafel worked brilliantly in the HealthyFry.

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    Nico @ yumsome
    27th February 2017

    Oh gosh, you’ve hit my weak spot! I also tend to have flaffs in wraps – mostly because we don’t see pitas here, and because I always think about making my own when it’s a bit late. But I always have wraps on hand!

    I don’t have an air fryer but I’m guessing that if I brushed these with oil, I could bake them in the oven? Oh, see what I did there? I said I’d bake something. Baking – me! LOLOL!

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      Choclette
      27th February 2017

      Excellent, glad to have found a way to get you to do some baking 😉 When I’ve made falafel before, I’ve shallow fried for a couple of minutes and then baked, but I expect coating in oil would work just as well.

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    Corina
    28th February 2017

    These sound gorgeous and I love how they have that slightly cracked look on the outside – It really makes them look tasty! Thank you so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice

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      Choclette
      1st March 2017

      Thanks Corina. Thanks for liking the cracks 😉 It is indicative of their crunchy exterior, which has to be a good thing 🙂

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    Eb Gargano
    28th February 2017

    Oooh – yes please Choclette!! I LOVE falafel and these ones look especially good 🙂 Eb x

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      Choclette
      1st March 2017

      Thanks Eb. Homemade falafel are infinitely better than the reheat at home ones you can buy.

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    Elizabeth
    1st March 2017

    These look so lovely! Love the flavours you’ve used. This new air fryer sounds like a really handy kitchen appliance! Thanks for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge! 🙂

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      Choclette
      1st March 2017

      I’m totally in love with the HealthyFry. Just wish I had a bigger kitchen to put it in 😉

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      Choclette
      2nd March 2017

      Thank Jan. I really should make falafel more often and now it’s so much easier with the HealthyFry I probably will.

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    3rd March 2017

    Ahhhh Falafels….. they take me back to Egypt too….. one of my favourite places! I have visited 3 times and seen much of the country, but strangely never reached Alexandria. I met my husband on one of my visits, so it is quite possible that falafels may have been a first shared meal with him (although I only remember ice cream!!!!!) xx

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      Choclette
      4th March 2017

      Ooh how exciting Kate. I’m so glad you told me that. No wonder Egypt is a special place for you too. I managed to see quite a bit of it when I was living there, but never enough!

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      Choclette
      16th March 2017

      I know what yo mean, carrots do have a tendency to mount up. I tend to bung carrots in things like tomato sauce or smoothies

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