Falafel Recipes

Falafel are even better when they're homemade. Whether baked or fried, this simple vegetarian dish is sure to be a new family favorite.

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Air Fryer Falafel

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Once you've soaked your chickpeas, you can use a food processor and an air fryer to quickly bake these spicy falafel patties. Serve with your favorite garnishes and sauce.

Best Falafel

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Sure, you can make falafel from a mix but frankly, it's a far cry from authentic falafel. This is the best falafel recipe I know of. You can find dried fava beans in Middle Eastern grocery stores and some supermarkets. Serve with pita bread, tahini sauce, lettuce, and other chopped vegetables.

Falafel Pita Sandwich with Tahini Sauce

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Falafel has such a prominent taste, but the tahini and freshness of the vegetables really complement it nicely.

Chef John's Tahini

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The technique is very simple, and every ingredient is to taste. So please use the ingredient amounts as a guide, and then add more of whatever until you have it exactly how you want it.

Baked Falafel

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An easy, yummy way to make falafel. Serve with pita bread and your favorite tzatziki.

Falafel with Canned Chickpeas

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Falafel made with canned chickpeas - just like the ones you taste in a Greek restaurant. Makes about 12 patties. Serve with hummus or tzatziki sauce.

Chef John's Falafel

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Unlike most of America's other favorite fast foods, falafel is rarely attempted at home, which is a shame, since it's very simple to do, and even a relative novice like me can get some very decent results. One word of warning: you do need to know you're going to have a craving for this a full day before you actually want to eat it.

Ta'ameya (Egyptian Falafel)

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Falafel, or ta'ameya as we call it in Egypt, is an all-time favorite street food. In most parts of the Middle East, falafel is made with ground chickpeas. However, in Egypt, we make it with dried fava beans. They are best served with pita bread, tomato, onions, and tahini sauce.

Falafels with Yogurt-Dill Sauce

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These falafels are packed with flavor! Your family will love them! Wrap in tortilla and top with yogurt sauce. Add other toppings such as tomatoes, lettuce and shredded cheddar cheese.

Waffled Falafel

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A delicious twist on a classic! Keep cooked waffles warm in a low oven. Serve with hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers, and parsley.

Jeanie's Falafel

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This is a tasty dense falafel that contains no eggs. Serve on pitas with tzatziki or tahini sauce with lettuce and tomato.

Easiest Falafel

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Super quick and easy - you will probably have all the ingredients in your pantry already! Serve with your favorite sauce! I served mine with spicy mayo, made by mixing 3 tablespoons mayo with 1/2 tablespoon sriracha. It would also be great with tzatziki or spicy mustard.

Inspiration and Ideas

Our 11 Best Falafel Recipes

Falafel's a fave! We're big fans of these deep-fried chickpea patties. Enjoy them in wraps or sandwiches, plus try these new spins on the classic.

Falafels with Yogurt-Dill Sauce

"Excellent! This was a big hit with my husband and son." – Diane

Magpie's Easy Falafel Cakes

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For those of us meat-a-tarians at a loss for what to feed our vegan and vegetarian friends, this recipe works really well. Serve the falafel cakes in pocket pita with fresh sliced vegetables and cucumber sauce or tahini. Even the meat eaters love this recipe!