Our favourite falafel recipe

Falafel is one of the most well know Middle Eastern recipes around the world. It is some sort of croquette made with legumes (chickpeas or broad beans), that is extremely crunchy on the outside and full of flavour on the inside.


Easy and delicious falafel

Our recipes incorporates our favourite ingredients to prepare the dish, and we are very sure you and your loved ones will adore it. To give it a crunchier texture, we have added some sesame seeds and in the Tips section at the bottom of the recipe you can find an amazing sauce to pair these falafel with.
Either as appetizers or a main dish, they will be an undeniable success.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Resting Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Middle East
Servings 4 people


  • 500 g dried chickpeas (not canned in water)
  • some fresh parsley to taste
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon whole cumin or ground
  • 1 tablespoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne optional
  • breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-4 tablespoons white sesame optional


  • The previous night, soak the chickpeas in a bowl with water.
    The next day, we drain the water to start the preparation.
  • In a food processor/blender blend very well the chickpeas with the garlic, onion, parsley, cumin, cayenne, bicarbonate of soda, salt and pepper.
    Using short pulses, we need to get a homogeneous paste. For that reason, it’s better to do this in batches and avoid filling the processor more than halfway through.
  • Now we will have a very fine paste.
    We need to remove any moisture excess. To do that we can place the mixture in a very fine strainer and press it against the surface.
    After that, add the sesame seeds and mix very well. We place the content in a bowl and let it rest covered for at least 30 minutes.
  • After the resting time, we take the mixture from the fridge and make small “burgers” with our hands or the help of a spoon.
    If the paste is not easy to deal with and get crumbly, that means it still has too much water. We can add breads crumbs (or flour if you don’t have that) until you get the desired consistency
    Now it’s time to fry the falafel.
  • In a pot, we heat vegetal oil or similar until it reaches 160°C /320 F.
    Then, very carefully submerge one falafel in the oil with the help of a wooden spoon. Leave it frying whilst in the spoon for around 30 seconds and then let it continue cooking on its own removing the spoon to add another falafel to the pot and so on.
    Make sure you don’t crowd the recipient a lot, leaving enough space between falafel.
    Once they have acquired a dark brown colour (not burnt though!), we remove them from the oil and place them in a cooling rack or some kitchen towel to remove the excess oil.
  • And… the falafel are ready! Enjoy your meal


– You can prepare a delicious yogurt sauce to go with these amazing falafel: you just need to mix half a cup of Greek yogurt with the juice of half a lemon, a teaspoon of cumin, some parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. This sauce is a really good partner to falafel thanks to its freshness.
– Another tip is to serve them with some feta cheese crumbs like in the picture.
– It’s way more complicated to shape the mixture into falafel if you use canned chickpeas (in water). We recommend using dry chickpeas and soak them the previous night.
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