Quick and Easy Falafel Recipe

Easy Falafel Recipe
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Ratings (93)
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 2 Portions (2 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
745 Calories
15g Fat
124g Carbs
33g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Traditional falafel recipes using dried chickpeas can be time-consuming. Soaking the beans and removing the shells is not ideal for those with a busy lifestyle. This recipe for falafel contains few ingredients which ​cut down on preparation time. It's perfect for those who want an easier version of falafel.

Easy falafel ingredients
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  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (drained)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups canola or vegetable oil (or amount needed for frying)

Steps to Make It

Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, parsley, coriander, cumin, salt, and pepper (to taste) in a medium bowl. Add flour and combine well.

Combine falafel ingredients in bowl
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Mash chickpeas, making sure to mix ingredients together. You can also combine ingredients in a food processor. You want the result to be a thick paste.

Mash chickpeas in bowl
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Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping-pong ball. Slightly flatten.

Form chickpea mixture into small balls
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Fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 F until golden brown (2 to 5 minutes).

Fry falafel chickpea balls
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Serve falafel by itself, or with hot pita bread with veggies, or tahini sauce.

Finished falafel can be served by itself
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