Authentic Falafel Recipe

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Absolutely delicious, flavorful and crispy

Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, a deep-fried ball made from ground chickpeas or fava beans commonly served in a pita.

Authentic Falafel Recipe

Popular across the Middle East, falafel originated in Egypt and it is served in a pita sandwich with fresh sliced vegetables and cucumber sauce or tahini.
Servings 6
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Cooling Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins

Equipment

  • Food processor
  • Cutting board
  • Large bowl
  • Sharp knife
  • A medium saucepan

Ingredients

For Falafel balls

  • cups dried chickpeas (soaked overnight and drained well)
  • ½ cup onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tbsp cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley (finely chopped)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp water (filtered or distilled )
  • tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups  sunflower oil (for frying)
  • ½ tsp sesame seeds (for sprinkling)
  • ¾ tsp salt

For Tahini sauce

  • cup tahini paste
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed)
  • ¼ tsp salt

For Sandwich

  • pita bread pockets

Instructions

Falafel balls

  • Finely chop using a food processor the chickpeas, garlic, onion, parsley, and cilantro. Use the pulse function for 30-40 seconds but do not hold too long otherwise it will become pasty.
  • Now you can add the baking powder, flour, spices, salt and water. Transfer it into a bowl and use your hands to mix. When the mixture is smooth, you can cover the bowl and leave it in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, heat half of the oil. You can use also airfryer or bake them in the oven.
  • Make sure your hands are wet and for balls from the mixture. You can use 1 tbsp of the mixture per ball.
  • You can roll the ball into the sesame seeds or just sprincle on top and then fry the ball for about 4 mins or till became brown.
  • Use a paper towel to drain any extra oil from the falafel balls.

Tahini sauce

  • First stir the tahini paste.
  • Then transfer the paste into a mixing bowl and add the garlic, water, salt and lemon juice. 
  • Continue to stir until you get a thick sauce.
  • You can transfer it into a jar and store it in the fridge for up to a week.

Notes

If you are using dry chickpeas, best is the soak them in water and leave them overnight.
Calories: 410kcal
Cost: 8
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Israel
Keyword: Frying, Vegan

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