Falafel – Lil Lil Lil

falafel 1Last night I watched a program where they showed a diner located in one of the States, their specialty was Falafel. The host, who was a Chef too, tried to get the secret ingredients from those Falafel guys but couldn’t.

As far as I know there is no secret ingredient in falafel, it’s a very straight forward recipe, but there is something most people may not be aware of. There are three types of falafel, one is made by chickpeas only, the other by fava beans, and the third one is made by the mixture of both chickpeas and fava beans.

Oh yeah, there is A secret about falafel, they are quite addictive :0)
The falafel I’m sharing with you today are made using chickpeas and stays crunchy for long time. Enjoy it!


1 cup chickpeas (uncooked)
1 medium onion
4 spring onion
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup parsley
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

– Soak chickpeas in hot water for 13 hours.

falafel step 1

– They will double in size.

falafel step 2

– In a food processor add the chickpeas and process. Do not over do it, you should get a breadcrumbs like mixture.

– Remove the chickpeas and add the onion, green onion, garlic, parsley, two tablespoons from the previously made chickpeas crumbs, and process, you should get a fine mixture.

falfel step 3– Add the onion and parsley mixture to the chickpeas, add the spices, sesame, baking powder, baking soda, and mix. Do not over mix, 8 seconds of mixing is perfect.
falafel step 4– You should be able to make a round ball with the mixture, if the mixture is too dry add one tablespoon of water at a time and mix again.
falafel step 5– In a deep frying pan add vegetable oil, when the oil is hot, gently and by using a spoon drop the falafel balls one by one.
falafel balls

– After dropping the falafel in oil, turn the heat to medium. These falafel will take about 4 – 5 minutes and you are done.

This sandwich is dedicated to Leyla Hur, Fiona Dodwell, and Wilma Halfwerk. You guys are not only kind but managed to be amazing too!


19 Comments on Falafel – Lil Lil Lil

  1. Leyla Hur
    14/09/2011 at 11:41 pm (4 years ago)

    You are awesome Muna! Thank you SO much! I am just helping a friend adjust her recipe for falafel and I am going to go ahead and share your recipe with her.

    BIG hugs!

  2. Paty's Kitchen - Cook with passion.
    15/09/2011 at 1:27 am (4 years ago)

    OMG its my favorite. I learnt to make this from a friend in Sudan. Love..leve this so much with pocket pita bread… I should try you recipe. looks. simple…but I hate to soak and grind chickpeas, is it possible to used the boiled chickpea. Any short cut for this.

  3. Munatycooking
    15/09/2011 at 2:41 am (4 years ago)

    @Leyla, You are welcome dear. Please give it a try, it’s my family’s favorite breakfast.

    @Paty, I wish there was a short cut, but using cooked chickpeas will not work, it won’t be crunchy or carry the same taste. But what you can do is make a batch of it and freeze it, add the baking soda and baking powder only after defrosting it. This should save time :)

  4. Sandra
    15/09/2011 at 3:04 am (4 years ago)

    Oh Muna that looks fantastic, I don’t think that I’ve tried this before, but looks and sounds simple enough…I can see why they are addictive, I wouldn’t stop until I finish whole plate :)) Oh and thanks for step by stem photos, they are very helpful!

  5. Munatycooking
    15/09/2011 at 3:10 am (4 years ago)

    You’re most welcome Sandra :)

  6. Rosa's Yummy Yums
    15/09/2011 at 1:00 pm (4 years ago)

    Those look sooo good! I love felafels. Now, I’m cravel pita pockets stuffed with those lovely babies… ;-P



  7. Munatycooking
    15/09/2011 at 1:03 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks Rosa, I hope you like them :)

  8. Tres Delicious
    16/09/2011 at 5:14 am (4 years ago)

    This is awesome thanks a lot for the recipe.

  9. Quay Po Cooks
    16/09/2011 at 7:41 am (4 years ago)

    These looks like vadai which I am familiar except in a different shape. I will add lots of dried chilli if I make this. Look very delicious!

  10. Lauren
    16/09/2011 at 4:20 pm (4 years ago)

    These look simply awesome. I wish I had some right now!

  11. Munatycooking
    16/09/2011 at 4:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks guys for the warm comments 😉

  12. tanja
    19/09/2011 at 2:21 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh my, these falafels look mouthwatering!! I am a big fan of them, but have never tried to make them before. It’s highly time to change that :) Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!

  13. Munatycooking
    19/09/2011 at 4:09 pm (4 years ago)

    You are most welcome Tanja, hope you try it and enjoy it!

  14. Shu Han
    22/09/2011 at 7:48 am (4 years ago)

    I like falafels, but have never tried making them myself! These look yummy! Just wondering, do you have to remove the skins before you process them? That’s always what irks me about making my own hummus. After I cook the chickpeas I will spend such a long time trying to remove most of the transparent skin layer. Grrrr, the rest of the process is so easy though!

  15. Munatycooking
    22/09/2011 at 7:53 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Shu, I have a good news for you, you do not have to remove the skin off the chickpeas :) I never removed it in my life. I don’t even do that when making Hummus!

  16. Ari
    28/09/2011 at 3:13 pm (4 years ago)

    Can I fry these in a frying pan instead of deep frying?

    Thank you.

  17. Munatycooking
    28/09/2011 at 3:41 pm (4 years ago)

    I haven’t pan fried them before. I think deep frying prevent them from breaking!

  18. Jen
    23/10/2011 at 9:44 pm (4 years ago)

    These were awesome!! My hubby has never had falafel before and loved it! Thanks!!

  19. Munatycooking
    24/10/2011 at 2:31 am (4 years ago)

    @Jen I love it when I receive such feedback, I’m glad that your husband enjoyed it :)