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Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern food made with chickpeas, herbs, and spices. It can be fried or even baked for a healthier option, which tastes incredible.

This can be served as a snack with tahini sauce or hummus, you can also stuff them in pita bread with salads and tahini sauce.


This homemade falafel recipe is absolutely delicious. It is a combination of chickpeas, herbs, and spices that are blended and fried or baked. They are crispy on the outside, moist, and fluffy on the inside.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Arabian
Servings: 25 Falafels


  • 1 ½ cups chickpeas
  • 1 onion cubed
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup spring onion roughly chopped
  • ½ cup coriander roughly chopped
  • ½ cup mint roughly chopped
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp pepper powder
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ½ lime juice
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds


  • The night before, soak the chickpeas in water. Make sure the water covers the chickpeas by 3 inches, as they'll triple in size (Minimum 10 hours). Drain the soaked chickpeas completely and pat them dry.
  • Add chickpeas, onion, garlic, herbs, and green chilies to a bowl of a food processor. Pulse it several times until the mixture resembles the texture of coarse sand. You can process the ingredients in batches if necessary.
  • Transfer the mixture into a bowl, add the salt, chili, cumin, pepper, coriander, and lime. Mix well to combine everything.
  • Just before frying, add the baking powder, baking soda, and sesame seeds to the falafel mixture and combine well.
  • Scoop tablespoonfuls of the mixture and form into balls then flatten them slightly.
  • To fry; Heat oil in a frypan on a medium flame. Fry the falafel in batches, placing them gently into the oil.
  • To bake; Preheat the oven to 200°C. Place each falafel on prepped baking sheet. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Carefully flip the falafels and bake for another 6 – 8 minutes or until falafels are golden and cooked. Enjoy!

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