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Falafel – Simple Chickpeas and Parsley Patties – Lebanon


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Falafel – Simple Chickpeas and Parsley Patties – Lebanon


Falafel – A middle eastern street food.   It can be made of ground chick peas or fava beans or both.

I prefer the originality of using the chick peas alone.  I have tried canned chickpeas as well as soaking dried chick peas overnight and I can tell you that the dried  and soaked chick peas works the best!

Complimented by the flavors of onion, garlic, cilantro and parsley as well as some spices including cumin and coriander powder.  This is a tasty patty for vegetarians or those looking to replace their meat patties.  Please Please… serve hot!

You can also se these patties to make Falafal Sandwich – A vegetarian counterpart of the Shawarma! I will post that recipe here soon.


Falafel – Simple Chickpeas and Parsley Patties – Lebanon


  • 1   cup dried chick peas soaked overnight in cool water.
  • 1 medium onion – yellow onion is preferred.
  • 4 large cloves garlic, slightly crushed.
  • 25 gms/ ½ cup loosely packed fresh parsley.
  • 25 gms/ ½ cup loosely packed fresh coriander/cilantro.
  • 2 tsp coriander powder.
  • ½ tsp cumin powder.
  • ½ tsp mild chili powder.
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper powder.
  • ¾ tsp salt.
  • ¼ cup panko or breadcrumbs.
  • ¹⁄8 cup plain flour.
  • 1 tsp baking soda.
  • ¼ tsp baking powder.
  • Peanut oil or vegetable oil for frying.


  • Add the drained chickpeas that have been soaked overnight to a food processor.
  • Process on high for about 15- 20 seconds till you get a soft crumbly texture.
  • Set aside.
  • To same processor add your onion and process to a small dice.
  • Add  the garlic, parsley and coriander leaves to the processor and process till you get a semi- fine mince.
  • (A little texture is good)
  • Mix the breadcrumbs with the spices and salt.
  • Add the green mince as well as the breadcrumb mix to the processed chick peas.  Mix well till thoroughly combined.
  • Check seasoning. Set this mixture aside till it’s time to fry.
  •  Add flour, baking soda and baking powder together in a bowl.  Mix well.
  • 15 minutes before you are ready to fry the Falafel, add this flour mixture to the prepared falafel minced ingredients and incorporate evenly into the mixture.
  • Heat oil for frying.
  • Form the felafel into balls or patties in the palms of your hands.  If the mixture seems too dry to hold together, add just  a Tablespoon or so of water.
  • Gently mould into balls or patties without pressing too hard.  The balls should be smooth enough without applying too much pressure.
  • Add to the hot oil.  Do not stir. Once the balls are golden gently lift from bottom of pot so they can fry evenly.
  • They should not crack. Fry till dark golden in color on medium heat with a constant sizzle in the pot.  (Adjust heat accordingly).
  • Drain on paper towels.  Serve hot!
falafel - chickpeas

Chick Peas Soaked Overnight

falafel - process chick peas

Processed to a soft crumb

falafel - onion

Add Onions
to processor


falafel - scraping

Processed to
small dice

falafel - garlic





falafel - parsley and cilantro

Parsley &
Cilantro/ Coriander

falafel -process garlic and leaves


falafel - scraping

Scraping down the sides of bowl

falafel - green mince

to a semi-fine

falafel - bread crumbs

bread crumbs

falafel - add spices



falafel - add to mixture

Add all mixtures to Chickpea crumbs

falafel - set aside till frying

Set aside till time to fry

falafel - flour

Mix flour,baking soda and baking powder

falafel -add to mixture before frying

Add to prepared mince 15 minutes before frying

falafel - balls or patties

Form into patties
or balls

falafel - heat oil

Heat Oil

falafel - deep fry.

Deep Fry











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  1. Avatar Afrah 1 year ago

    Hi friend Please add a recipe of thahini sauce please please……

  2. Avatar Afrah 1 year ago

    I made this falafel my mom remembered her dubai trip she had these she says its the same falafel she had 20 year’s ago, i was so happy making this i really love you and your recipes, and when you upload videos its quite easy than to keep reading on sites please upload more more n more recipes my all time guru 😘😘😘

    • You make me very happy with your sweet comments.. I am delighted.. I love felafel especially in felafel sandwiches. I really appreciate home cooks like yourself always cooking, baking and trying to keep your family happy with variety foods..surely I will always upload videos whenever possible.. Sometimes the video will come at a later date than the post. I still hv some of yr requests at the back if my mind.. All will come as soon as possible.

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