How To Make Falafel

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Homemade falafel is much better tasting and much less greasy than the ones sold at the fast food restaurants, and its very simple and fun to make too! Here is the recipe..


  • 2 cups dried white fava beans (bajela baitha)
  • 1 cup dried garbanzo beans (ne5i)
  • 2 cups chopped spring onions
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 cup parsley
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp sodium bicarbonate
  • 3 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 7 tbsp gram flour
  • Sesame for garnish

Soak the beans in water and sodium bicarbonate for at least 12 hours or overnight.

When the beans are done soaking, blend them in a food processor until they are fine and crumbly (you can do this in batches).

Set the processed beans aside in a separate bowl. Process all the other ingredients together (except for the sesame which will be used in the end).

Now add half of the beans into the vegetable and spice mixture and process together.


Add the rest of the beans and process until everything is well combined.

Cover the mixture and let stand in the fridge for 2 hours. Then shape the mixture into disks or balls slightly smaller than a hockey puck, but larger than a ping pong ball (this extra detail is for my non-arab readers). Prepare some vegetable oil for deep frying. Press some sesame seeds on the outside of the falafel disk and fry until golden brown.

This is the end result. If you bite into it it should have a crispy crunchy crust and a slightly softer core. Enjoy them hot!

Serve them with tahini (tahina sauce).




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