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how to make falafel


Falafel is one of my favorite Middle Eastern street food recipes. Chickpeas are combined with other savory ingredients and deep fried to perfection!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 246


  • 1 pound dried garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 1 small red onion (chopped)
  • ¼ cup parsley (fresh, stems removed)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • oil for frying (Enough to have about an inch in your pan (I used avocado oil))


  • The night before, add dried chickpeas to a large bowl and cover with water. Cover bowl and let them soak overnight. They should double in size. When you're ready to make your falafel, drain chickpeas.
    soaking dried chickpeas
  • Add all ingredients except for oil to a large bowl and toss to combine. Working in small batches, process in food processor. You don't want to run them until everything is completely smooth, but it should be about as course as fine sand. Give it a stir and pick out any large chunks that weren't processed and get them ground up and added back to the mixture.
  • Add mixture back to original bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • To cook, add at least an inch of oil to skillet and heat to 375 degrees F. To form the falafel balls, add a couple tablespoons of the mixture to the palm of your hand, form a ball, and slightly flatten the ball. The mixture doesn't hold together all that well, so just be gentle and steady with the pressure. Carefully drop into the oil. I prefer to cook just a few at a time so that the oil temperature can remain steady. Cook until they turn golden brown, flipping once (about 5 minutes total). Be sure the oil is at the correct temperature before adding the next batch. Transfer cooked falafel to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
    how to make falafel


Makes about 32 falafel. Serving size based on 4 falafel.
Serve fresh with a nice garlicy tzatziki sauce!  https://selfproclaimedfoodie.com/tzatziki/


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 597mg | Potassium: 541mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 6.3mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 4.1mg