Falafel (فلافل)

Falafel (فلافل)

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فلافل ـ عربي

Falafel is a vegetarian appetizer that is very popular in the Middle East. It is served in many different ways. It can be served with salad, with pickles, and/or dipped in Hummus, tahini or cucumber sauce. Another way of serving it is Falafel sandwiches using pita bread as pockets The pockets are stuffed with falafel balls, lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and feta cheese and can be topped with any type of dipping sauce.

To make Falafel paste you need to grind all ingredients by using either a food processor or the electric meat grinder. It is very important to make sure that the paste is very smooth.


 I like to make it in large amounts so I can freeze it in bags to save for later. This recipe makes approximately 10 cups and each cup will yield 10 small falafel balls (the size of a lime).

In the picture below, I put two cups of falafel paste in each bag which will make almost 20 balls of falafel.


When you fry the falafel, you need to add baking soda to make it rise and sesame seeds for good taste. I will be brown and crunchy on the outside and soft and green on the inside.



  • 2 cups dried chickpeas/garbanzo beans
  • 2 cups dried green lentils
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • ½  cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ½  cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh green onions
  • 1 small white onion
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. cumin
  • 2 tbsp. powdered coriander
  • 2 tbsp. Falafel Spice (if available)
  • Before frying falafel you will need to add baking soda and sesame seeds
  • oil for frying


  1. Place chickpeas and lentils in a bowl filled with room temperature water. Cover the bowl and allow to soak overnight.
  2. Drain chickpeas and lentils and grind them in a food processor with parsley, garlic, cilantro, green onion and white onion. (You can do this step in small batches if the food processor is small to make a very smooth falafel paste.)
  3. Add salt, black pepper, cumin, powdered coriander and mix well. The falafel paste should be thick.
  4. Before frying, add 1/2 tsp of baking soda and 1 tsp of sesame seeds to each cup of falafel paste to help the dough rise and to add texture.
  5. Form the falafel into small balls almost the size of a lime and flatten them a little bit   Then fry them in the heated oil.
  6. Fry the falafel for almost 2-3 minutes until they are lightly browned.


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