Pan Fried Falafel with Sriracha-yogurt Sauce

pan fried falafel

Perfectly deep golden crisp exterior and a soft inside,this pan fried falafel with carrot and a spicy yogurt sauce is great as appetizer or snack or even a light meal with a side salad.

pan fried falafel

Ain’t your traditional falafel recipe!!!

It begins with canned garbanzo beans for convenience and made with carrots for additional deliciousness and nutrition.

This easy falafel can be served as – 

  1. Appetizer
  2. Snack
  3. Light meal with a side salad
  4. Assembled into a slider with some lettuce, onion and tomato. Click here for a burger option – Spicy garbanzo bean burger

pan fried falafel

Coarsely grind one medium carrot in a food processor (refer pictures). 

Add canned garbanzo beans (drain, rinse and pat dry with flour  paper towel), onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and some breadcrumbs and flour for binding. 

Shape into falafels, fry ’em in a saute pan on both sides. 

I make these often for the kids and it vanishes (I reduce Sriracha) in a jiffy <—— such a healthy snack. Also, a great lunch box option : I process and shape falafels and make sauce the previous day, store both in refrigerator. Fry the falafels in the morning and pack them into lunch boxes with Sriracha yogurt sauce in small shot containers. 

If you like this easy pan fried falafel, then you will totally love Baked beet falafel

pan fried falafel

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Pan Fried Falafel with Sriracha-Yogurt Sauce

Perfectly deep golden crisp exterior and a soft inside,this pan fried falafel with a spicy yogurt sauce is great as appetizer or snack or even a light meal with a side salad. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Author: Maria Doss


Pan fried falafel

  • 1 medium size carrot, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 x 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons vegetable oil, for frying

Sriracha-Yogurt sauce

  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspooon Sriracha sauce, depending on your spice level
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro


Pan fried falafel

  • Add carrot slices into a food processor, process for few seconds, until coarsely ground. Scrape the sides and lid. 
  • Add all the remaining pan fried falafel ingredients (except oil) and process for about 15 seconds, until it starts to gather together (turn off machine once in between, stir mixture with a spoon). 
  • Divide mixture into about 2 tablespoon measure portions, roll each portion into a ball and then shape into 1/2-3/4 inch thick disc. 
  • Heat about half the vegetable oil in a medium non-stick pan over medium heat. When oil gets moderately hot, cook half the falafel until deep golden on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side. (Use a flat spatula to turn the falafel and be gentle, so it won't break). Transfer falafels on to a plate. 
    Repeat process with remaining falafels.
  • Serve hot. It is best when eaten hot, but room temperature ones will be a touch softer but still delicious. 

Sriracha-Yogurt sauce

  • Stir all ingredients together (can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator).


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