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Pinto Bean Falafel with Garbanzo Bean Hummus and Cilantro Lemon Sour Cream

by Laura

I have never had falafel before this recipe and it was delicious.  I really think you can’t go wrong with anything that is breaded with panko bread crumbs and then deep fried!  This Pinto Bean Falafel recipe is a little involved but could easily be simplified.

It isn’t absolutely necessary to serve the falafel with the hummus and cilantro lemon sour cream.  If you want to serve it with those extras you could use a purchased garlic hummus and just use a plain sour cream.  The hummus and cilantro lemon sour cream recipes can also be used for other recipes too.  Serve the hummus as an appetizer with pita chips and use the cilantro lemon sour cream on top of your favorite Mexican dish.  Thanks to Michael Schulson for this pinto bean falafel recipe.

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Pinto Bean Falafel with Garbanzo Bean Hummus and Cilantro Lemon Sour Cream

  • Author: Laura



For Garbanzo Bean Hummus:

  • 20 each garlic cloves, roasted for 30 minutes (see roasting instructions below)
  • 1 cup blended oil
  • 1 can (16 oz)  BUSH’S® Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 Tbsp tahini paste
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

For Falafel:

  • 1 can (16 oz)  BUSH’S® Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½  cup onion, finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, stems only, finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, flat leaf, finely diced
  • 1 ½ Tbsp garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 each eggs
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 4 cups blended oil (for frying falafel)
  • Micro cilantro, for garnish
  • Lemon zest, for garnish

For Cilantro, Lemon Sour Cream:

  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, stems only, washed, finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  •   tsp kosher salt


  1. For Garbanzo Bean Hummus: Place garlic and oil in small roasting pan and roast in 350°F oven for 30 minutes until nice and soft.  Set aside.
  2. Place roasted garlic, beans, tahini paste, lemon juice, water and salt into blender and blend until smooth (about 10 minutes).  Once blended, slowly add olive oil and quickly blend to mix.  Set aside finished mixture.
  3. For Falafel: After draining and rinsing pinto beans, dry beans well with a paper towel.  Set aside.
    Wash onion well with cold water for 5 minutes, strain water off and dry with paper towel.  Set aside.
  4. Wash cilantro stems well with cold water for 5 minutes, strain water off and dry with paper towel.  Set aside.
    Wash parsley well with cold water for 5 minutes, strain water off and dry with paper towel.  Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl crush beans with a fork until most are mushy but some are still large in size.
  6. Add onions, cilantro, parsley, garlic, jalapeno, cumin, salt, 2 tablespoons flour and lemon juice to bowl.  Mix well with spatula making sure not to overwork the mixture, as it will become very glutinous.
  7. Use bean mixture to form golf ball size rounds (making approximately 20 rounds).
  8. Pour 1 cup of flour onto shallow plate or bowl.  Place falafel balls in flour and lightly coat each round (make sure to shake off any excess flour).
  9. Whisk eggs in small bowl.  Dip falafel into egg mixture.  Pour breadcrumbs onto plate.  Place falafel in breadcrumbs and lightly coat.
  10. Using a large frying pan, fry falafel completely submerged in oil at 350°F for 3 – 4 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. For Cilantro, Lemon Sour Cream: Mix cilantro, jalapeno, sour cream, lemon juice and salt together in small bowl. Set aside.


Plating the falafel:

  • On a white plate smear 3 dollops of hummus.
  • Top hummus with a falafel ball.
  • Top each ball with sour cream.
  • Garnish with micro cilantro or fried cilantro leaves.
  • Zest a little lemon on falafel to complete.
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Davide Sala July 14, 2011 - 3:31 pm

Hai degli aggiornamenti in proposito?

Linda December 10, 2010 - 6:01 am

Funny that this is the post for the day. I was explaining to my son what falafel was and how long it had been since I had it. I don’t have an excuse to make it anymore with the recipe at hand now. Oh, yummy, can’t wait to try this one. I do make my own hummus but I am always out of tahini when I need it. Why is that???

Jenn December 9, 2010 - 7:56 pm

When you say “stems,” you mean not the leaves, right? I’ve just never seen that before. Just checking….

Angie December 9, 2010 - 10:41 am

Laura, you need to go to Mazza. They have THE best falafel and their hummus is so so good. They are on 15th and 15th or 9th and 9th. I have been addicted for many years.

Amy December 9, 2010 - 9:40 am

You managed to make falafel on your first try?! I am impressed. I’ve tried twice, and both times = failure. I love falafel, but have nowhere nearby to buy them. I’ll have to try a third time, if only to redeem myself. But I have to disagree. You have to serve falafel with hummus and the cilantro-lemon sour cream sauce (or some kind of sauce). Looks good!


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