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How to make falafel (with photo and video recipe)


How to make perfect falafel? Today we give you the recipe with all the tricks needed to prepare these oriental meatballs.

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Today we will understand how to make one of the best known vegan recipes, chickpea falafel: the original recipe of the Middle Eastern dish. The ingredients are simple and healthy , and their mix is ​​delicious. It is an original recipe from the Arab tradition, which however is increasingly found in our takeaways and in the refrigerated counters of supermarkets.
Making them at home is very simple, cheap, and above all the result is very tasty with our photo and video recipe .

We will see how to prepare chickpea falafel at home in a few minutes and also how to store them to organize a last minute snack. These delicious spiced chickpea balls are excellent as an aperitif, appetizer, or as a complete meal if combined with other vegetables. It's a convenient idea to implement when you receive guests, because they can be prepared hours in advance, especially if you decide not to fry the falafel in a pan but to prepare the falafel in the oven . You can serve them hot , wrapped inpita -like bread, and season them with a sesame seed saline, or the classic yogurt sauce, for a fresher touch.

The advice for perfect success is knowing how to carefully dose the spices . Follow our doses for a perfect balance of taste.


Preparation of chickpea falafel

Soak chickpeas in water

1. Start preparing the recipe the night before by placing the dried chickpeas in a bowl. Cover them entirely with water (exceeding them by 2 abundant fingers or in any case at least double the volume of the legumes) and leave them to soak for 12 hours .

Rinse and dry the chickpeas

2. Drain the chickpeas the next day, rinse them well under running water and dry them carefully with a cloth.

Chopping ingredients for falafel

3. In a mixer, coarsely chop the parsley, onion, garlic clove and spices.

Blend the falafel mixture

4. Add the chickpeas to the mixer and blend until you get a smooth and homogeneous mixture .

Let the mixture rest

5. Put the mixture in a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 1 hour in the fridge.

Shape the falafel

6. Once the time has passed, create the meatballs. First make a ball, then lightly crush them in the center, and place them on the plate.
7. Let your meatballs rest until the oil is hot in a saucepan or pan.

Fry chickpea falafel

8. Fry the meatballs until they are golden brown.

Drain the falafel on kitchen paper

9. Drain them with a slotted spoon and let the excess oil from the meatballs absorb on kitchen paper , and then serve as you prefer.

If you don't want to fry, you can arrange the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle the meatballs with plenty of oil and cook for 20 minutes at 180°C in the oven .


The felafels can be stored for 3 days in the fridge , in an airtight container, or frozen, they last in the freezer for 3 months .

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