Green Edamame & Pea Falafel with a Yoghurt, Cucumber & Mint Dip (vegan recipe) (2024)

Crispy green falfel made with edamame beans and peas in a blender (or food processor), served with a yoghurt, cucumber and mint dip.

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You're just like me aren't you? You eat lots of falafel.

They're a great go-to snack, but they are also good on a BBQ kebab skewer, in salads or in a wrap or sandwich with lots of salad and hummus. In fact they are the perfect quick bite for both vegetarian and vegans.

Sometimes I add them to my yumbox, which is a bento box with lots of little compartments. I load my lunchbox with falafel, some hummus (dips don't leak in a yumbox), crunchy veg and pickled baby beets. It's one of my favourite lunches and my wee boy loves the same lunch.

Homemade falafel

I tend to buy ready-made falafel from the supermarket. I bet you do too. Falafel are just so quick and convenient to pick up when you're shopping aren't they?

Today that changes! I made my own crispy falafel. I pimped them and swapped the usual chickpeas for edamame beans and petit pois (you could use bog standard frozen peas).

Now don't get me wrong, let's be realistic here. When I go shopping next week I'll definitely pick up ready-made falafel to use in lunches during the week, but now and again I'm going to take them time to make fresh falafel.

These green edamame and pea falafelhave a crisp exterior and soft tasty filling. They are so, so good!

Shop bought falafel never really have the same crisp bite as these homemade falafel.

You really must try them.

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Blender falafel recipe

These falafel are quick to make if you have a power blender or food processor.

You just throw all the ingredients in.

Once you have a flavourful paste (you can whizz until really smooth or leave a bit of texture, which I like to do), you just roll into balls and then roll in panko breadcrumbs and fry until crisp.

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Of course you could just go old school and mash with a fork, but they will be a much coarser finish.

These falafel are fried but you can bake falafel for a healthier snack. However if you want that really crisp coating of an authentic falafel you really have to fry them.

I'm personally not too worried as they are filled with a super healthy filling and will be served with a salad or on a wrap with salad, so a fried crispy coating isn't going to hurt. It's all about balance.

Five fascinating falafel facts

  1. Falafel were created a thousand years ago in Egypt and made from fava beans (broad beans). The Christian Copts were forbidden to eat meat during Lent and instead created the falafel to add to their diet.
  2. They were taken to Israel, where the base of the recipe was changed from fava beans to chickpeas and became a national dish served as street food in pitta (pita) bread with salad and a tehina (tahini) sauce.
  3. Falafel can be formed into flat patties or balls and either baked or fried.
  4. Falafel was so popular in Egypt that McDonalds used to serve a McFalafel on their breakfast menu there.
  5. There is an unwritten rule in Israel, if you still have some of your pitta bread left you can go back to the falafel stand for more (free) salad, but if you want more falafel you need to buy another portion.

essential Waitrose

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I raided Waitrose for my ingredients for these homemade falafel. Waitrose is thought to be quite a pricey place to shop, but the essential Waitrose range contains more than 1500 high quality products you use every day at low prices. Waitrose also have a range called Waitrose Cooks' Ingredients with things like spices, fresh herbs and stocks which compliment all your every day items from the essential range.

I also used frozen edamame beans which are available in store. They are already shelled so perfect for adding to dishes like these crispy falafel, but also good in soups and stews. A great way to add nutrients to a dish.

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I served some of these falafel with a dip and some on flour tortilla wraps with salad. I know pitta bread is the more traditional pairing with falafel, but I love them in a tortilla wrap with lots of salad.

Yoghurt, Cucumber and Mint Dip

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I usually spread a falafel wrap with a really generous layer of hummus, but this time I made a simple yoghurt, cucumber and mint dip, which I drizzled across the filling. I used Alpro plain yoghurt to make this dressing dairy-free, but you can use your favourite plain or Greek yoghurt.

You could also add a drizzle of chilli sauce if you wanted to pep up the wraps with a bit of heat.

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I've included my dressing recipe along with my falafel recipe below. The dressing is also tasty drizzled over a salad and makes a great dip for sweet potato fries, crunchy vegetablecrudités or nacho chips.

I do hope you try both the falafel and the dip!

Try adding these green falafel to this .

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Yield: 12 falafel (depending on size)Author: Jacqueline Meldrum

Green Edamame & Pea Falafel with a Yoghurt, Cucumber & Mint Dip (vegan recipe) (9)

Green Edamame & Pea Falafel with a Yoghurt, Cucumber & Mint Dip

Crisp green falafel made with edamame beans, peas and coriander and served with a yoghurt, cucumber and mint dip. This recipe is easy to make at home and suitable for vegetarians or vegans.

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 12 MINStotal time: 27 mins



  • 350g/2 1/3 cups frozen edamame beans

  • 150g/ 1 cup frozen petit pois (or peas)

  • ½ white onion. quartered

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1 ½ tbsp plain flour

  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin

  • 1 ½ tsp ground coriander (cilantro)

  • 14 g (a handful) fresh coriander (cilantro)

  • 14 g (a handful) fresh flat leaf parsley

  • 1 tsp salt

  • A good grinding of pepper

  • 50g/½cup panko breadcrumbs

  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • 250g/1 cup plain yogurt (I used Alpro)

  • 3 cm piece cucumber chopped finely

  • A few fresh mint leaves

  • A good grinding of salt


  1. Blanch the frozen peas and beans in boiling water for a
    minute, drain and pat dry.

  2. Add all the ingredients apart from the breadcrumbs and oil to a blender or food processor and whizz until you have a textured batter.

  3. Form the batter into balls and roll in the breadcrumbs.

  4. Heat enough oil in a wok to cover the falafel. Once the oil is really hot, carefully lower a few of the falafel in at a time and cook for a few minutes until the coating is brown and crunchy.

  5. Once cooked remove from the oil carefully (I used a metal slotted spoon) and place on kitchen paper to drain off the excess oil. Keep cooking in batches until they are all cooked.

  6. To make the dip, chop the cucumber and mint and mix with the yogurt. Season with salt.

  7. Serve the falafel with salad and dip or on a wrap with salad and hummus.

  8. Enjoy!

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If you like this recipe, why not try my red kidney bean falafel and follow my Pinterest board Falafel, Pakora and Savoury Bites.

Disclosure: This is a paid post for Waitrose. I created this recipe as part of their#essentialWaitrose promotion. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

Green Edamame & Pea Falafel with a Yoghurt, Cucumber & Mint Dip (vegan recipe) (2024)


Are sweet peas and edamame the same thing? ›

No. Sugar snap peas me look similar to edamame in appearance however edamame is more rounded and the beans are visibly outlined under the shell. Sugar snap peas are considered one of the most flavorful pee variety with a crunchy and crisp texture.

Is edamame a bean or a pea? ›

Edamame is a bean and therefore a legume. However, legumes vary in their nutritional profile. Compared with pulses, such as lentils, edamame provides a similar amount of protein per 100 calories, but edamame have a higher fat and lower fiber content.

What is healthier green peas or edamame? ›

Edamame is an excellent source of calcium. Pea has more niacin, however, edamame contains more pantothenic acid and folate. Both edamame and peas are high in dietary fiber and potassium. Edamame is a great source of iron and protein.

Which is healthier edamame or chickpeas? ›

"Fun fact: Edamame—immature soybeans cooked and served inside their pods—are higher in protein than chickpeas, lentils, and black beans, *and* are a good source of fiber, folate, and vitamin K."

Is it OK to eat edamame everyday? ›

While fats can be part of a healthy diet, too much fat in your diet is linked to health conditions like type 2 diabetes and obesity. Limit your risk by sticking to one ½ cup serving of edamame per day.

Is edamame good or bad for you? ›

Edamame are immature soybeans that are loaded with nutrients, including fiber, protein, magnesium, and iron. Eating edamame can benefit health in several ways, from promoting satiety to reducing heart disease risk factors.

Why are edamame pods not edible? ›

While Epicurious notes that the shells themselves aren't toxic, they are difficult to chew and will likely be a challenge to swallow and digest. This makes them inedible, in contrast to the succulent beans they come with.

What is another name for edamame? ›

Soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.), which is a rich source of protein and edible oil, has many local names, for example, large bean or yellow bean in China, “edamame” in Japan (Shurtleff and Aoyagi, 2009), and the miracle bean or golden bean in the USA.

What peas are similar to edamame? ›

Fresh pigeon peas offer a nutty taste and crisp texture, similar to edamame. The young pods will be bright green, maturing to a dark brown-purplish color, with brown splotching or striations. When sold fresh, they are often referred to as green pigeon peas.

What bean is closest to edamame? ›

Edamame and soybeans come from the same plant. They're both legumes and the edible beans grow in long, fibrous, inedible pods. The difference is that edamame are immature soybeans, picked while they're still young, while regular soybeans have been left on the plant to fully mature.

What is edamame called in the United States? ›

Edamame is the Americanization of a Japanese term for green soybeans. Edamame translates to “beans on branches.” Here's how you pronounce it. According to the National Soybean Research Laboratory (NSRL), there are over 2,500 varieties of soybeans currently under cultivation.


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