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How to Make Crispy & Delicious Falafel at Home

How to Make Crispy & Delicious Falafel at Home

Falafel is a Middle Eastern deep fried & crispy snack often made with chickpeas and spices. Served with hummus, tahini, and is also delicious in sandwiches.
Course Sancks
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 20 -25


  • 1 1/2 cups dried chickpeas See Notes
  • A handful of fresh parsley leaves stems removed
  • A handful of fresh coriander leaves stems removed
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tsp red chili powder or cayenne
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tahini sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • Oil for frying


  • In a large bowl, soak the chickpeas in water for about 8-10 hours. After the soaking period is complete, drain the water and pat dry the chickpeas.
  • Place the chickpeas and garlic in a food processor, and pulse for about 10-20 seconds, then add the herbs and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs.
  • Transfer the chickpea mixture to a bowl, and add the spices. Mix in the egg, lemon juice, tahini sauce, and flour. Refrigerate for at least an hour (you can keep the mix in the refrigerator up to one night - see Notes for freezing instructions).
  • When ready to cook, gently shape the falafel mix into patties or balls (as seen in the pictures).
  • Fill a medium sauce pan or frying pan with 1-2 inches of oil, and heat it until medium-hot.
  • Gently place the falafel in the oil and fry for about 3-4 minutes, until deep golden brown. Do not add too many falafel at once, as they will not cook properly.
  • Serve with hummus, tahini sauce or in sandwiches.


Using canned chickpeas is not recommended in this recipe because the falafel will not have the authentic crispy texture that is achieved by using dried chickpeas.
These Falafel can be frozen as well. To freeze, shape the falafel mixture into patties or rounds and place them on a baking sheet or tray, and place in the freezer for about 1-2 hours until they're slightly frozen and can keep their shape. Transfer the falafel patties or balls to a ziplock bag and store in the freezer up to 1 month. When ready to cook, thaw the Falafel in the fridge for 1-2 hours and then fry according to recipe instructions.