Falafel | How to make Falafel

By Swapna Sunil  |  7th Apr 2016  |  
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About Falafel Recipe

Falafel is a middle eastern food, this dish was introduced to me by my husband. During his short stay in Israel, he tasted this, when he returned back home, he was praising this dish like never before. It made me curious to taste it, at last when I tasted it in an outlet, I couldn't agree more! The Falafel balls are made of chickpeas and are topped with salads, pickled olives, gerkins and drizzled with tahini sauces. It can be eaten alone as a snack or stuffed in pita pockets. So without any more delay, heading towards the process.


Ingredients to make Falafel

  • Felafel recipe:
  • 1 cup Chickpeas/ kabuli chana
  • 5 to 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 large sized onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves chopped
  • 1/2 cup flat Parsley (coriander can be substituted)
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 2 to 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 green chillies, chopped finely
  • oil for frying
  • Tahini paste/sauce Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup White sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp lime /lemon juice

How to make Falafel

  1. Wash the Garbanzo Beans well and keep in fresh water overnight or a minimum of 8 hours.
  2. Once ready to prep, rinse the Garbanzo beans once again, drain, and put them in a food processor. Process till it becomes of a bread crumb consistency. Pour out into a bowl and keep aside.
  3. In the food processor, drop in the garlic, green chillies and the Onions. Food process them together for a couple of whirls.
  4. Next, add in the herbs, mint, parsley and cilantro. Process it till it all breaks down to the same size as the Garbanzo Beans. Then pour out and combine it well with the Garbanzo Beans.
  5. Add in Salt, Pepper, Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil and Baking Soda. Mix it well. Cover and keep in the refrigerator for 15-20 mins to allow the flavors to combine.
  6. Meanwhile, heat oil in a flat skillet on a medium heat. Once its hot, make patties/balls of the mixture with your hands.
  7. Drop these into hot oil and allow it to cook. Once done, turn and cook on the other side as well. Remove and place on a paper towel .
  8. To prepare the tahini paste, dry roast the sesame seeds on a low heat without changing its color till its crisp. Then transfer onto a plate and allow them to cool.
  9. Once it's cooled add everything in the ingredients except the water and grind into a smooth paste adding water little be little. Check the seasoning and add in more salt and lemon juice as per taste.
  10. Serve with Pita Bread and Hummus.

Reviews for Falafel (1)

Deviyani Srivastava2 years ago

Hi Swapna, can you please add each step in one line.