Chickpea Falafel Recipe


Ingredients (Makes 12)

1. White chana / garbanzo beans – 1 cup, dried (Soak it in enough water for 10 – 12 hours)

2. Onion – 1/2 small, coarsely chopped

    Garlic – 3 cloves, chopped

    Parsley – 1/2 cup, roughly chopped (You can use cilantro instead)

    Chilly powder – 1/2 tsp

    Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp

    Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

    Baking powder – 1/4 tsp

    Salt – To taste

3. Bread crumbs – 1 – 2 tbsp (You can use maida/ all purpose flour instead. This is optional. They are used as a binding agent. Use only if the dough is wet or doesn’t hold together.)

4. Oil – To deep fry


1. Drain the chick peas well and pat dry using a few paper towels. Place it in a food processor and add all the ingredients numbered 2. Pulse until it forms a coarse mixture. If it is very wet, add 1 tbsp bread crumbs / all purpose flour and bind again.Taste-check for salt. Make small balls out of the mixture and flatten slightly.

2. Heat oil in a pan at medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot (when you drop a small portion of the dough, it should immediately come to the surface bubbling. Fry the falafel balls at medium heat, 4 – 5 at a time until brown on both sides, about 4 minutes. Drain on a paper towel. Serve warm with hummus, tahini sauce or tzatziki sauce. You can also serve it in a pita pocket topped with hummus, sliced tomato, lettuce or pickled veggies. Enjoy!


Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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