Traditional Falafel Recipe

You do not have to be from the Middle East to enjoy a great Falafel.  My family is European with my mother being born in Germany and my father was born in Ireland.  My grandmother who was German, always made delicious Falafel’s in her kitchen.  My grandmother has been gone for many years but her love of Falafel’s has carried over onto my family’s table.

The Falafel derives out of the Middle East is their version of what we American call “fast food”.  Some of the best Falafel’s can be found on popular street corners in Israel sold by street vendors.  This dish can be served as an entrée or as an appetizer.

The Falafel is popular within Vegan cultures but one does not have to be Vegan to enjoy this delicious dish.  The time it takes to make this Middle Eastern favorite is minimal.  This is great news for anyone who does not want to spend hours in the kitchen preparing and cooking any type of food.

People in the Israel have been growing chickpeas for over 20,000 years.  The history of the Falafel is not only stoic but controversial.  The Falafel is named Israel’s official traditional food yet; the Palestinians claim that Israel stole the Falafel from them.  This dish is mentioned in the bible as food of the Hebrews therefore, Israel dismisses the controversy and accusations of the Palestinians.

The recipe is as follows:


1 cup of dried chickpeas (you can also use garbanzo beans)

1 large onion (chopped)

2 Garlic cloves (chopped)

3 tbsp. fresh parsley

1 tsp. fresh coriander

1 tsp. fresh cumin

2 tbsp. flour

Salt & Pepper

Frying oil

Prep time:  Approximately 10 minutes

Cook time:   Approximately 1 Hour and 40 minutes

Total time involved:  1 Hour and 50 minutes

Step 1:  Take 1 cup of dried chickpeas and place them in a bowl.  Place water in the bowl with the chickpeas.  Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator overnight to soak.

Step 2:  The next morning, take the bowl of chickpeas and drain out the water.  Place the chickpeas in a pan and fill with fresh water.  Bring to a boil.  Let boil for 5 minutes.  Simmer the chickpeas for 1 hour.

Step 3:   Drain and let cool for 20 minutes.

Step 4:   Mash the chickpeas.

Step 5:  Mix in Onion (chopped), 2 garlic cloves (chopped), 2 tbsp. flour, 3 tbsp. fresh parsley, 1 tsp. coriander, 1 tsp. cumin, salt and pepper into the chickpea mixture.

Step 6:  Form the mixture into small-like balls. If the mixture appears to be falling apart, feel free to add more flour accordingly.  Slightly flatten the balls.

Step 7:  Drop the balls into 2 inches of oil for frying.  The temperature of the oil should be 350 degrees.  Fry the balls for approximately 5 – 7 minutes.  The balls should appear golden-brown when you take them out of the oil.

Step 8:  Serve the Falafel’s immediately.  They are always best when served fresh and hot.

Feel free to add your own personal spices to the mixture.  The recipe in this article is a traditional recipe which allows tons of creativity in making Falafel’s with your own personal cooking signature.


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