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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Falafel - Deep-fried Chickpea balls/fritters


Falafel is a middle eastern food which is popular all over the world. They are made with ground chickpeas or a combination of chickpeas and fava beans. Falafel balls are served in a pita bread with salad (tomatoes, cucumbers,lettuce ) along with some tahini sauce. They can also be enjoyed as a snack.

Falafel- Deep fried Chickpea fritters

Ingredients :
  • 2 cups dried chickpeas
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro/coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • oil for deep frying
  • salt
* You could even use 1/2 cup fresh parsley and 1/2 cup fresh Cilantro leaves.

Preparation : Soak  the dried chickpeas in about 6 cups of water and keep it overnight or for about 10-12 hours. Drain the chickpeas and dry them well. Now grind it in a food processor along with the chopped onion , garlic and  fresh Cilantro. Add the dry spices- red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, black pepper and salt. Mix it well. Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan. Take about 2 tablespoons of the falafel mixture onto your palm and shape into balls. Some like to flatten it a bit and make into patties . Now carefully drop the falafel balls into the oil and cook for 1-2 minutes until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. This recipe makes 30 falafel balls. To serve : Place 3-4 falafel balls in a pita bread pocket. Add some lettuce, chopped tomatoes and cucumber. Add some pickled jalapenos. Drizzle some Tahini sauce and enjoy.



  1. Hi Dolly, Happy New Year:-) It's high time I peeked in to your blog..missed your delicious recipes..Chickpea balls are so delicious..nice pictures as well..

  2. Happy new year!!! these falafels r so delicious..

  3. Looks crispy and crunchy. Happy new year.

  4. Happy new year dear, super crispy falafel makes me hungry.

  5. I simply love falafels. Yum!

    Wishing you a very happy and successful 2012 :-)

  6. delicious looking combination wonderfully done

  7. i was planning to have greek dinner...your post is sure of help...falafels look awesome

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    1. Good narration.............yummy

  9. I love these...made something similar for breakfast today.With a hot adrak chai it was a fun way to start my day.