Easy Homemade Falafel Recipe

This delicious falafel recipe is a Middle Eastern favorite made with chickpeas and Mediterranean flavors. These savory fritters have a crunchy exterior and are perfect for vegetarians and vegans.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 falafel balls
Calories 150 kcal


  • Food processor
  • Skillet or deep fryer
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Slotted spoon


  • 100 grams hickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • In a food processor, combine chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, cumin, coriander, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Pulse until well combined.
  • Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl and stir in flour until the mixture holds together.
  • Shape the mixture into small balls and flatten slightly.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Fry falafel in batches until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Remove falafel with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Serve hot with tahini sauce or hummus.



Falafel is a good source of plant-based protein and fiber. It is also low in saturated fat and provides essential nutrients like iron and magnesium.

Serving Tips:

Enjoy falafel in a pita wrap with fresh veggies and tahini sauce for a complete meal. Serve with a side of tabbouleh or fattoush salad.

Tips and tricks of recipe:

  • Make sure the mixture holds together well before shaping into balls.
  • For a healthier option, bake falafel in the oven instead of frying.
  • Refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes before shaping to help hold their shape.

Variations of recipe:

  • Add chopped spinach or kale for a nutritious twist.
  • Use different herbs like cilantro or mint for a unique flavor.
  • Experiment with different spices like smoked paprika or turmeric for a different taste.
Keyword Falafel Recipe


5 FAQs & answers based on people also search for:

Can I use canned chickpeas for falafel?

Yes, canned chickpeas work well in this recipe.


How do you make falafel crispy?

Fry falafel in hot oil until golden brown for a crispy exterior.


Can falafel be baked instead of fried?

Yes, you can bake falafel in the oven for a healthier option.


What is the best sauce for falafel?

Tahini sauce or hummus are popular choices for serving with falafel.


Are falafel gluten-free?

To make falafel gluten-free, use a gluten-free flour or cornstarch as a binder.



This easy homemade falafel recipe is a great way to enjoy a taste of the Middle East at home. With simple ingredients and delicious flavors, falafel is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a snack or meal. Experiment with different variations and enjoy the crispy, savory goodness of falafel balls.