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Easy Homemade Falafel – quick to make, perfect for a delicious and nutritious meal. Enjoy on its own, or you can add it to a salad or pita bread pocket sandwich.


I love falafel, but I’ve only made it twice.

For some reason, I prefer to get it when I’m out and I’ve always thought it is so messy and time-consuming to make. Well, I was wrong. It isn’t that difficult to make and homemade tastes better! Always! This Easy Homemade Falafel is the perfect example.

This is not an authentic recipe, I just modified to my taste an old recipe from a book.

Falafel is a Middle Eastern (it originated in Egypt) deep fried bowl or patty, usually available as street food. Falafel was usually made with fava beans, but I’ve only had it made with chickpeas or mix of chickpeas and fava beans. I made it with chickpeas only, that’s why it is missing that gorgeous green color on the inside.


I used canned chickpeas and, no – my Easy Homemade Falafel did not fall apart.

What is more important is – do not use a food processor, because it will liquefy the mixture and we need it thick. Mash the chickpeas with a potato masher. Even if you have some lumps and larger pieces, it is fine with this recipe. Use pressed garlic, grated onion and finely chopped parsley, this way you’ll achieve a nice texture.

I fried my falafel, but I really want to try and bake it next time. I might need to modify the recipe a little.


Meatless and could be made vegan.

I served mine with yogurt garlic sauce, but tahini based sauces are even more popular.

Hope you get to try it!


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5 from 3 votes

Easy Homemade Falafel

By Lyubomira from CookingLSL
Easy Homemade Falafel - quick to make, perfect for a delicious and nutritious meal. Enjoy on its own, or you can add it to a salad or pita bread pocket sandwich.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Servings: 16


  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, , drained well (peel them if you have time)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, , pressed
  • 1 medium onion, , grated
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs, (I used Panko)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • vegetable oil for deep frying
  • yogurt sauce


  • Place chickpeas in a deep bowl. Using a potato masher, mash chickpeas so there are no big pieces.
  • Add lemon juice, garlic, onion, parsley, baking powder, cumin, salt, Cayenne pepper. Mix to combine.
  • Add egg, bread crumbs and olive oil. Stir to combine.
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop balls and place them on a plate, lined with parchment paper.
  • Heat oil in a deep frying pan oven medium- high heat (350 F if you own a candy/frying thermometer).. You need about 2 inches of oil. Fry falafel until golden, be careful not to burn it. It takes about 3-4 minutes.
  • Place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • Serve on its own or in pita pockets.


Calories do not include the sauce.


Calories: 63kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 206mg, Potassium: 96mg, Fiber: 1g, Vitamin A: 190IU, Vitamin C: 3.9mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
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  1. I completely agree with you buying falafel outside. You’ve shown us all the light, Mira! Especially with how gorgeous and perfect your falafel look. 🙂 Thanks for making another seemingly tricky food into an easy recipe. Pinned! 🙂

  2. This sounds awesome and much easier than any other recipe I’ve seen.  I want to make it right now, but I’d like to know when to add the baking powder (it’s listed as an ingredient, but not in the directions).

  3. Hey! found you on Pinterest and made these Falafels! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I have tagged you in my falafel blog post ! Come check it out!

  4. I have never made falafel,and honestly just recently heard of it. So I was just wanted to know what “yogurt sauce” is and to make she the 115 oz of chickpeas is correct.