Simple, easy, and delicious falafel - no breaking apart or spattering while frying! Try serving with pita, parsley and hummus or tahini sauce! Falafel is best when it is fresh. However, if you have leftovers, heat in a single layer in the oven to maintain crispiness.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place garbanzo beans, parsley, onion, flour, garlic, cumin, baking powder, coriander, salt, lemon juice, and black pepper in a food processor or blender. Pulse until combined and a chunky, slightly sticky mixture forms.

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  • Roll mixture into small balls and place on a plate. Flatten into patties that are 2 inches in diameter and 1/2-inch thick.

  • Place patties in refrigerator or freezer to help hold together, about 10 minutes.

  • Heat 1 1/2- to 2-inches vegetable oil in large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Fry patties, working in batches to avoid crowding, until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Drain patties on paper towel-lined plate.

Cook's note:

If the edges of the patties crack when you flatten them, mix a little bit of water into the bean mixture. If the mixture is too wet, add up to 2 tablespoons of flour into the mix.

Editor's note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

203 calories; protein 5.1g; carbohydrates 25.4g; fat 9.5g; sodium 630.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (5)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2015
This was really easy to make! The only thing I changed was that I used chickpea flour instead of regular flour to make this gluten free. I think next time I might use garlic powder instead of chopped garlic as I didn't enjoy the garlic not being more evenly spread in flavour; some bites were more garlicky than others. But otherwise, perfect! It even smelled like the falafel I've eaten in shops. Thank you! Read More
(4)
8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2015
This was really easy to make! The only thing I changed was that I used chickpea flour instead of regular flour to make this gluten free. I think next time I might use garlic powder instead of chopped garlic as I didn't enjoy the garlic not being more evenly spread in flavour; some bites were more garlicky than others. But otherwise, perfect! It even smelled like the falafel I've eaten in shops. Thank you! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2013
I fried these on my vegetable oil sprayed griddle. I used buckwheat flour to make an interesting tasting version of this. It's a great simple meal when combined with some veggies! Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2013
My husband loves this and asks me to make it every week! I follow it exactly. Top it over some spinach and fresh veggies or throw it in a wrap. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2018
Easy and tasty! I did add a little turmeric and black pepper. I ve made this twicej now. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2015
This was basic and came out just fine. It went together very easily in the food processor and was quick enough to make after work. I made it to use fresh herbs and top with cucumbers and tomatoes from the garden. Will make again. After making this a few times I think it works better with soaked dried beans--don't cook them-use them just soaked. It isn't so wet. Read More