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Falafel Recipe

This falafel recipe makes healthy and crunchy falafel, a perfect snack that makes parties or reunions warm and intimate. Make some and the bowl should be empty in seconds.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Middle East
Keyword: easy falafel recipe, falafel, falafel recipe, how to make falafel
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Luna Regina

Ingredients

  • 4 oz dry chickpeas soaked overnight
  • 1.4 oz onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/16 tsp cayenne
  • 2 cups canola oil (*)
  • 3 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise

Instructions

  • Wash the chickpeas and separate their skin. Remember to soak the chickpeas overnight or you won’t have falafel today!
  • Blend 1/2 cup parsley and 1/4 cup cilantro finely. Add 1.4 oz onion, 1 tbsp garlic, seasonings (1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/4 tsp ground coriander), 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour, 1/8 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp lemon juice, and blend. Add soaked chickpeas and blend. Scrape down the sides to get any big chunks at the bottom, and blend until there are no more big chunks.
  • Divide the mixture into eight equal parts. Use your hands to form eight balls. Place them in the freezer for half an hour before frying.
  • Heat a pot of 2 cups canola oil over medium heat for 5 minutes, then turn the heat to low. Fry the falafel until evenly golden brown, then take them out and place on a rack or paper towel.
  • Serve with mayonnaise or homemade dipping sauce.

Notes

(*) Only part of the oil will end up in the final product, and we have calculated nutritional values based on that amount. The whole amount is needed for frying the falafel, but what actually ends up being consumed is 1.75 tbsps of canola oil for four servings.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 282mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 735IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg