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Before I explain why I made falafel from tofu, and not from chickpeas, like a proper Israel, let me just say that this recipe takes 10 minutes (top!) to make. It is vegan, gluten-free, full of calcium and protein, and low-carb!

Falafel from tofu? Are you serious?

Yup, legit question! I have two answers. First, Time – In order to make falafel from chickpeas (not-canned ones) we need to soak them for at least 24 hours. Since I am not really a good planner ahead – this did not happen.

Second – low-carbs. Chickpeas are higher on the carb value them tofu. Now, this may not be an important matter for you. But if you are, similar to me, trying to maintain a low-carb diet – tofu is a good alternative.


So how did it turn out?

I’m glad you asked (or read so far for that matter). Basically, I grate tofu using a grater, into a large bowl. I cut the parsley small and add it to the tofu with the rest of the ingredients. I mix well (using the hands works best here). Create small balls with my hands and place them on a baking plate covered with baking paper.

The tofu balls need to be baked in the oven until golden outside and soft inside. This may vary with different ovens, but could take around 50 minutes.

I highly recommend serving the tofu falafel balls with my vegan fast and easy garlic spread – it’s the perfect combination! But, tahini spread would work great too!


Vegan tofu falafel balls

These easy-to-make tofu balls are gluten-free, low-carb, full of calcium and protein and vegan!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Israeli, low-carb, Vegan
Servings 25 balls


  • 300 g hard tofu
  • 5 tbsp tahini spread (sesame butter)
  • a handful of fresh parsley
  • 2 large garlic cloves or 3 small
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dry onion
  • ¾ tsp ground cumin
  • tsp curcuma
  • tsp cardamom


  • Grate the tofu into a large bowl, using a grater.
  • Cut the parsley small and add to the tofu.
  • Add the rest of the recipe ingredients to the tofu and parsley and mix well, I suggest using your hands.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (360 Fahrenheit). Prepare a baking plate covered with baking paper.
  • Using your hands, create "falafel" balls from the blend. I like making small balls. Place the tofu falafel balls on the baking plate and once you complete making balls from all the blend – place the baking plate in the oven. Bake for ±50 minutes. Balls should be golden from the outside and soft from the inside. The baking time may vary a bit from oven to oven.
Keyword calcium, gluten free, keto, paleo, protein, sugar free, vegan, vegetarian