I've never heard of making falafel * with* lemon juice. Falafel is made by grinding soaked chickpeas ( uncooked) with onion, spices, fresh herbs, and usually some kind of binder ( bread crumbs/burgul). It's by nature a vegan dish.
In Israel, probably 99% of falafel is served with tahiini sauce, and while it doess call for lemon juice, you could probably omit it
Cicero, would you by any chance have a recipe? I would like to try making it this way, and since it doesn't have lemon juice, it is perfect for my friend.
My recipe is based on Claudia Roden's recipe - you can adjust the spices/herbs to your taste. I usually don't add the herbs because DS doesn't like them. or you can make half with the herbs and half without. BTW - you can freeze the uncooked batter. i've done that a few times because it's annoying to make it...
Adapted From Claudia Roden: "Book of Middle Eastern food"
1 lb dried garbanzos
1 onion, finely chopped or grated,
or 1 bunch spring onions [scallions], finely chopped
2 large cloves garlic, crushed
1-2 teaspoons ground cumin
1-2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
salt, pepper, a little paprika
bread crumbs, 1-2 slices of bread soaked and squeezed, a little burghul - optional, see if it's needed.
1 egg, again, if needed
oil for deep-frying
Soak the beans in cold water for 24 hours. It's best to do this in the fridge, especially in hot weather. change the water a few times.
put through a meat grinder or food processor
Mix this with the onions, garlic, parsley, cumin, coriander, baking powder and salt and cayenne
pepper to taste. the mixture will be crumbly at this point - don't worry.
Let it rest in the fridge for about 30 -60 minutes. then shape small balls, deep fry one and see if it holds together. if not, try adding binder as needed.
Fry until golden brown (takes just a few minutes) then drain on paper towels.
optional: add one bunch finely chopped parsley or half a bunch parsley and half coriander.
serve with tahini, fresh chopped salad (tomatos and cucumbers finely chopped, mixed with lemon juice and olive oil), pickles, olives, pita