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Black Bean Falafel
with couscous / harissa aioli / coriander zucchini

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There's no special equipment needed to make these Middle Eastern-seasoned falafel that use black beans instead of the traditional chickpeas and / or fava beans. The result is tender, bite-sized patties served over couscous with a creamy harissa sauce.
Smarts: Falafel are easy to freeze, so make a double batch and freeze extra for an easy meal down the road. 

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Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Couscous:
  • Stock, any type - 1 cup (sub water)
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Couscous, uncooked - 3/4 cup
Black Bean Falafel:
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts combined
  • Beans, black (14 oz / 397 g) - 2 cans, drained and rinsed
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
  • Chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Paprika - 1 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Eggs - 1
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 3/4 cup
  • Flour, all-purpose - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Harissa Aioli:
  • Mayonnaise - 6 Tbsp
  • Harissa, mild - 2 tsp, adjust to taste, especially if using a spicy harissa
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Coriander Zucchini:
  • Zucchini - 1 lb, spears or chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Make couscous - Combine stock, salt, and butter in a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in couscous and cover with lid. Let stand for ~5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Zucchini - Slice into spears or chop. (Note: Spears are great for dipping in sauce, but the zucchini will cook faster if chopped.) (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Make aioli - Whisk together mayonnaise, harissa (note: it can be spicy, so if you're concerned about spice, start with a smaller amount than listed and increase to taste), and lemon juice (portion for aioli). (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Green onions - Chop green onions. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

  5. Make black bean falafel - Drain and rinse beans. Combine beans and green onions in a bowl and mash with a potato masher, pastry blender, or fork (it’s okay if some larger pieces of beans remain). Add soy sauce, chili powder, paprika, ground coriander (portion for falafel), salt, black pepper, eggs, panko, and flour. Stir everything together until evenly combined. Use your hands to make small patties 2" / 5 cm across or about 5 / serving. (Note: The mixture should be fairly sticky, but if it’s too sticky to work with, add some more flour a spoonful at a time.) (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil (portion for zucchini) and then zucchini. Season zucchini with ground coriander (portion for zucchini) and some salt and pepper as it cooks. Cook zucchini on all sides until tender and lightly browned, 7 to 8 minutes. Squeeze lemon juice (portion for zucchini) over top. Set zucchini aside and return skillet to heat.

  2. Add oil (portion for falafel) to heated pan and then add falafel in a single layer (do this in batches if needed). Sear falafel on both sides until golden brown and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes total.

  3. If couscous was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.

  4. Serve zucchini and falafel over couscous. Top with harissa aioli. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (56)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (6)
Vegetarian (10)

Most Helpful

We've made this a few times and really like it. The first time, we followed the instructions and fried the falafels in a pan. This didn't seem to work well for us as the insides took a long time to cook through. By the time we had fried all the falafels, the zucchini was cold. So, next time, we tried baking the falafels instead of frying them. This worked great and we've continued to do this. Its much less labor intensive than frying, the falafels have a good texture, and they bake while we make the zucchini and couscous on the stove. We bake the falafels at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or so.

By: Rikki
Posted: Jun 02, 2021
Diet: Original
4 Helpful

43 reviews

Used two pans to cook the zucchini and pork at the same time. It was all very delicious, and I wouldn't change anything.

By: Katrina
Posted: Mar 18, 2022
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Falafels were pretty good, but dry. Used the oven bake method instead.

By: Travis
Posted: Feb 25, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Excellent

By: Tiffiny
Posted: Jan 18, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Love this meal

By: Kimberly
Posted: Dec 23, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We've made this a few times and really like it. The first time, we followed the instructions and fried the falafels in a pan. This didn't seem to work well for us as the insides took a long time to cook through. By the time we had fried all the falafels, the zucchini was cold. So, next time, we tried baking the falafels instead of frying them. This worked great and we've continued to do this. Its much less labor intensive than frying, the falafels have a good texture, and they bake while we make the zucchini and couscous on the stove. We bake the falafels at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or so.

By: Rikki
Posted: Jun 02, 2021
Diet: Original
4 Helpful

We really enjoyed it. The black bean patties were very flavorful!

By: Christina
Posted: Feb 01, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful