Falafel Recipe (3 ways)

Falafel Recipe – This is popular Middle Eastern street food / fast food. Today I am sharing the Traditional Classic Falafel Recipe and it is given to me by my friend who is from Lebanon.

Falafel Recipe (Fried and Baked falafel recipe) How to make Falafel recipe

In the step by step photos below, I have shared the three different methods of making falafel recipe. These are deep frying, shallow frying and Baking methods. Deep frying is the traditional way of making it. While rest two is on the healthier side.

The taste is almost same for all but the texture is different. Fried falafels are crispy from outside while soft from inside. While other two will have less crispy texture.

If I am making this to serve as a snack with dipping sauce, then I would go for deep fried falafels. If I am using them for making sandwiches, wrap or roll then I would go for baked falafel or shallow fried falafel patties.

Falafel Recipe (Fried and Baked falafel recipe) How to make Falafel recipe

This recipe has been requested by few readers a long time ago. And I have tried them many times, but I always end up getting the dense and dry texture.

After many trials I get to know that I was using all purpose flour for binding. And that was making it dense.

But after trying this my friend’s authentic falafel recipe without addition of flour, I got the perfect texture. These are light, fluffy and not dense at all.

Please follow all the steps carefully. Soaking beans for long period of time and resting the mixture in refrigerator for 30 minutes are important steps. Do not go for short cuts.


How to make falafel recipe (Step by Step Photos):


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1) Wash dried chickpeas under running cold water till water runs clear. Or rinse them with water 2-3 times or till the water is not cloudy any more.

2) Soak them in enough water for 20-24 hours. Pay attention: we are soaking for almost 1 ½ to 2 days NOT overnight. If living in warmer climate and have fear of going bad then you can reduce the soaking time to 12-16 hours. After the soaking time they will increase almost triple in size. Drain the excess water completely.
Falafel Recipe (Fried and Baked falafel recipe) How to make Falafel recipe

3) Now take cumin seeds, coriander seeds and black peppercorns in a pan and turn the heat on medium low.

4) Dry roast them with stirring constantly till they get slight color and you notice the aroma of roasted coriander seeds
Falafel Recipe (Fried and Baked falafel recipe) How to make Falafel recipe

5) Remove it to a plate and let it cool down.

6) Then grind into a powder using spice grinder and keep it aside.
Falafel Recipe (Fried and Baked falafel recipe) How to make Falafel recipe

7) Now in a food processor, take parsley, cilantro and garlic cloves.

8) Pulse it few time till herbs are almost finely chopped.
Falafel Recipe (Fried and Baked falafel recipe) How to make Falafel recipe

9) Now add soaked, drained chickpeas, onions, freshly ground masala, red chili powder, salt and lemon zest.

10) Now start pulsing it. If needed scrape the sides and push the mixture inside. DO NOT add any water. Pulse till you get coarse mixture. We do not want smooth paste, stop once you get coarse texture.
Falafel Recipe (Fried and Baked falafel recipe) How to make Falafel recipe

11) Remove it to a bowl. Cover it and keep it refrigerated for 30 minutes.

12) After the resting time, remove it from the fridge. Start shaping into balls or patty. I like to make small to medium sized balls unlike the large balls we get outside.
Falafel Recipe (Fried and Baked falafel recipe) How to make Falafel recipe

13) Once you have shaped enough balls, heat the oil in a pan on medium heat for deep frying. Or choose other method below. Once hot add few balls into the hot oil carefully. Do not overcrowd the pan. Fry them in batches.

14) After sometime keep moving them for even frying and browning.
Falafel Recipe (Fried and Baked falafel recipe) How to make Falafel recipe

15) Once golden brown and crispy, remove it by using slotted spatula and drain the excess oil.

16) Keep them on paper towel lined plate and similarly fry rest.
Falafel Recipe (Fried and Baked falafel recipe) How to make Falafel recipe

Serving suggestion: Serve falafel with tahini sauce, hummus or baba ganoush dip as a snack. It can be used for making falafel sandwich or wrap, roll.

Falafel Recipe (Fried and Baked falafel recipe) How to make Falafel recipe

Method 2: How to make Baked Falafel Recipe:

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F or 180 degrees C for at least 10 minutes.

2) Arrange the falafel balls on the baking tray. You can line the tray with aluminium foil for easier cleaning later on.

3) Brush the falafel with oil from all the sides.

4) Bake into preheated oven for 15 minutes. Then remove the tray, flip them and again bake for 10 minutes. So total 35 minutes of baking required.

Falafel Recipe (Fried and Baked falafel recipe) How to make Falafel recipe

Method 3: Shallow frying

For shallow frying method, I always choose the patty shape instead of balls. So it gets even cooking and browning.

1) Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wide pan on medium heat. Once hot arrange the patty.

2) After few minutes, bottom is golden brown and crispy. That time flip them and similarly fry the other side.
Falafel Recipe (Fried and Baked falafel recipe) How to make Falafel recipe

Once done remove from the pan and serve.

Falafel Recipe (Fried and Baked falafel recipe) How to make Falafel recipe

Falafel Recipe (Fried and Baked falafel recipe) How to make Falafel recipe
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Falafel Recipe (Fried and Baked falafel recipe)

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)

Course Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 20 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 day 1 hour
Yield 6 servings (around 50 pieces)
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

  • 2 cups Dried white chickpeas (Chole or kabuli chana or safed chana)
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Black peppercorns
  • 1 cup Parsley packed
  • 1 cup Cilantro or coriander leaves packed
  • 6-7 cloves Garlic
  • ½ cup Onion roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Red chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Lemon Zest ,Grate the outer yellow part of one lemon using finer grater
  • Oil as needed to deep fry, shallow fry or brush for baking

Instructions

Making Falafel Recipe:

  1. Wash dried chickpeas under running cold water till water runs clear. Or rinse them with water 2-3 times or till the water is not cloudy any more.
  2. Soak them in enough water for 20-24 hours. Pay attention: we are soaking for almost 1 ½ to 2 days NOT overnight. If living in warmer climate and have fear of going bad then you can reduce the soaking time to 12-16 hours.
  3. After the soaking time they will increase almost triple in size. Drain the excess water completely.
  4. Now take cumin seeds, coriander seeds and black peppercorns in a pan and turn the heat on medium low.
  5. Dry roast them with stirring constantly till they get slight color and you notice the aroma of roasted coriander seeds
  6. Remove it to a plate and let it cool down. Then grind into a powder using spice grinder and keep it aside.
  7. Now in a food processor, take parsley, cilantro and garlic cloves. Pulse it few times till herbs are almost finely chopped.
  8. Now add soaked, drained chickpeas, onions, freshly ground masala, red chili powder, salt and lemon zest.
  9. Now start pulsing it. If needed scrape the sides and push the mixture inside. DO NOT add any water. Pulse till you get coarse mixture.
  10. Remove it to a bowl. Cover it and keep it refrigerated for 30 minutes.
  11. After the resting time, remove it from the fridge. Start shaping into balls or patty.
  12. Once you have shaped enough balls, heat the oil in a pan on medium heat for deep frying. Or choose other method below.
  13. Once hot add few balls into the hot oil carefully. Do not overcrowd the pan. Fry them in batches.
  14. After sometime keep moving them for even frying and browning.
  15. Once golden brown and crispy, remove it by using slotted spatula and drain the excess oil.
  16. Keep them on paper towel lined plate and similarly fry rest.

Making baked falafel:

  1. For Baking and shallow frying method, please see below instructions mentioned in step by step recipe.

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