ShareFalafel is very popular in the Middle Eastern snack.
As a main dish, it is served as a sandwich, stuffed in pita bread with lettuce, tomatoes, and tahini sauce. As an appetizer, it is served on a salad, or with hummus and tahini. Falafel is a favorite among vegetarians.



  • Dried chickpeas or canned chickpeas -1cup/1can
  • Onion, chopped -1large
  • Garlic, chopped-3cloves
  • Fresh parsley, chopped-3tbsp
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped -3tbsp
  • Cumin -1tsp
  • Flour-4tbsp
  • Dry hot red pepper-1/2tsp
  • Salt-to taste
  • Baking powder-1tsp
  • Oil -for frying
  • Tahini sauce thinned with a few drops of water(Homemade recipe to follow in next post)
  • Chopped tomato/onion/bell peppers- for garnish
Place dried chickpeas in a bowl, covering with water. Allow to soak overnight. Omit this step if using canned beans.
Drain chickpeas and pressure cook for 20mins until cooked 
Drain and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, cumin, parsley, cilantro, salt and pepper in bowl. Add flour and baking powder.
Mash chickpeas well ensuring to mix ingredients together. You can also combine ingredients in a food processor if  you want the result to be a thick paste.
Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. Slightly flatten.
Fry in 2 inches of oil on medium flame until golden brown .Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel for a minute or two.
Serve hot. Garnish falafel platter with cut tomatoes, green bell peppers, red onion and turnips. Serve tahini on the side.
NOTE: As an alternative, falafel can be formed into patties and served like a burger.

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9 comments:

    Prats Corner said...

    Alwayz wanted to try this out..looks delicious..Is there any way it can be shallow fried instead of deep frying?

  1. ... on June 22, 2010 at 5:30 PM  
  2. Cool Lassi(e) said...

    What a lovely Falafel! Looks extremely pleasing!

  3. ... on June 22, 2010 at 6:53 PM  
  4. Kiran said...

    Falafel looks very delicious.Nice tempting pics.

  5. ... on June 22, 2010 at 7:51 PM  
  6. Cooking Blog Indexer said...

    I once ate falafel from a middle eastern restaurant with my friends from middle east and I like it very much..thanks for sharing the recipe

  7. ... on June 22, 2010 at 9:08 PM  
  8. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

    Love them Anjum :)

  9. ... on June 22, 2010 at 9:11 PM  
  10. Pavithra Srihari said...

    I love the last pic .. I feel like grabbing it right away and gulp it down

  11. ... on June 22, 2010 at 9:18 PM  
  12. Priya said...

    Wowww wat a beautiful appetizier, truly tempting..

  13. ... on June 23, 2010 at 12:52 AM  
  14. Saraswathi Iyer said...

    My fav looks so crispy. Reminded me of Panama days:-)

  15. ... on June 23, 2010 at 10:56 AM  
  16. Jaisy James said...

    wow nice recenlt had it. taste was so good. iws in search of the recipe. thanks for sharing.

    http://entepachakasala.blogspot.com

  17. ... on June 23, 2010 at 4:42 PM  
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