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The best authentic falafel recipe

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  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 18 Falafel balls 1x


Love falafel? This is the only recipe you’ll ever need. With step-by-step instructions, it’s easy to make this delicious dish at home.


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight (don’t use canned chickpeas)
  • 1 cup parsley, roughly chopped (about one large bunch)
  • 1/2 cup onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 small green chile pepper, serrano, or jalapeno pepper
  • 1 cup cilantro, roughly chopped (about one large bunch)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Avocado oil for frying
  • 2 tbsp chickpea flour


  1. The night before, soak the dried chickpeas in water. Ensure the water covers the chickpeas by 2-3 inches, as they’ll triple in size.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and add them to your food processor.
  3. Add the onion, parsley, cilantro, pepper, garlic, cumin, salt, cardamom, and black pepper to the food processor and pulse several times until it resembles the texture of coarse sand.
  4. Transfer the falafel mixture to a bowl and add the chickpea flour and baking soda. Stir together, then cover or add a lid.
  5. Refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes to one hour.
  6. Use your hands, an ice cream scoop, or a falafel scoop to form the falafel into balls or patties. If you find the mixture too wet, add another tablespoon of chickpea flour. If it’s too dry and crumbly, add a teaspoon or two of water or lemon juice.
  7. Once the falafel is formed, you can cook them using your preferred method.
  8. Add about 3 inches of oil to a pot on medium heat to deep-fry the falafel. Heat the oil to 350F.
  9. Cook the falafel in batches (about 6-8 at a time) for 1-2 minutes or until golden. Use a skimmer to check the falafel’s color and ensure they don’t overcook it. Then remove them to a paper towel-lined plate.
  10. Serve the falafel immediately while warm and crispy on the outside.
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, middle eastern


  • Serving Size: 18 falafel balls
  • Calories: 62
  • Sugar: 2
  • Sodium: 166
  • Fat: 1
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Carbohydrates: 8
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 3