By Food E Fare

Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern dish made from ground chickpeas or fava beans, herbs, and spices. The mixture is shaped into small balls or patties and deep-fried until they become golden brown and crispy. Falafel is known for its flavorful and slightly nutty taste, making it a favorite vegetarian or vegan option. Here's a basic recipe for making falafel:


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas (or use canned chickpeas, drained)
  • 1/2 large onion, roughly chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4-6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. If using dried chickpeas, soak them in water overnight. Drain before using.
  2. In a food processor, combine chickpeas, chopped onion, garlic, parsley, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and black pepper. Process until the mixture is well blended but not pureed.
  3. Sprinkle in baking powder and 4 tablespoons of flour, and pulse to combine. The mixture should be able to hold its shape. If it's too wet, add more flour, one tablespoon at a time.
  4. Transfer the falafel mixture to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Chilling helps the mixture firm up, making it easier to shape.
  5. Form the mixture into small balls or patties, about 1.5 inches in diameter.
  6. In a deep fryer or a deep pan, heat vegetable oil to around 350°F (175°C).
  7. Carefully add the falafel balls or patties to the hot oil, frying until they turn golden brown on all sides.
  8. Use a slotted spoon to remove the falafel from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  9. Serve the falafel warm, either on its own or wrapped in pita bread with tahini sauce, yogurt, or your favorite toppings.

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