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Falafels are very popular Arabian fried lentil balls that are flavorful and delicious
Course Snack
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Keyword how to make falafel at home, Middle Eastern street food
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 20 falafels
Author Hema Magesh


  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 1 medium-sized big onion
  • a handful parsley
  • 2 small cloves of garlic grated
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper/red chilly powder
  • 1-2 tbsp chickpea flour/besan
  • 2 tsps olive oil
  • a pinch of allspice powder/ cardamom powder/fennel powder/cinnamon powder.
  • few drops  lemon juice
  • salt to taste


  • Wash and soak the chickpeas in water for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.
  • Once the chickpeas increase in volume, drain the water and blend all the ingredients in a food processor, till it gathers together and can be shaped into roundels. Add little or no water.
    ssteps 1-3 falafel preparation
  • Taste the mixture and adjust spices as per need.
  • Refrigerate for atleast half an hour.
    steps 4-6 falafel preparation
  • Shape into patties using your hands or use the falafel press and deep fry in medium hot oil till it gets cooked and becomes brown in color.
  • The Air-fryer can also be used to fry the falafels at 180°C  for 8 - 10 mts. Baste them halfway with oil.
    steps 4-6 falafel preparation
  • Either way, it tastes good, but the air-fried ones are a bit on the drier side. Not a big price to pay for your health though :-)
  • It is so flavourful and addictive that you will not feel satisfied with a few.
    Prepared falafels