Falafel

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falafel

A popular vegetarian dish eaten throughout the Middle East and one of my all-time favorite street foods, falafel are deep-fried balls or patties made from ground chickpeas or fava beans. They’re traditionally stuffed in a pita or served as part of a mezze platter (an assortment of appetizers) with hummus, tahini sauce, and yogurt sauce. Falafel is one of those dishes that most people don’t bother to make at home because it seems exotic and difficult. But that’s not the case at all! Making falafel is as easy as making meatballs, and you don’t even have to deep-fry. The key is follow one rule: never, ever use canned chickpeas. Trust me, I tried it once and it was a mushy disaster. You have to use dried chickpeas that have been soaked but not cooked.

ingredients

Begin by soaking the chickpeas overnight. Don’t worry if you’re short on time, you can use the quick-soak method: place the beans in a pot and cover with water by about three inches; bring to a boil and cook for two minutes, then remove the pan from the heat and let stand for one hour.

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Drain the chickpeas and add to a food processor along with the scallions, garlic, herbs, salt, pepper, and spices.

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Process until smooth, about 1 minute.

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Form the mixture into patties. I prefer this shape as opposed to balls since I’m pan-frying (not deep-frying).

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Heat 1/4-inch of oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Pan fry half of the falafel, moving them around a bit so they don’t stick and flipping once, until golden brown all over, about 5 minutes total.

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Drain on paper towels.

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Serve warm with tahini or yogurt sauce.

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Falafel

Servings: 16-20 falafel
Total Time: 30 Minutes, plus at least 1 hour to quick-soak the chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried chickpeas, rinsed and picked over
  • 8 scallions, from 1 bunch, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Instructions

  1. Put the chickpeas in a large bowl and cover with water by about 4 inches. Soak overnight, adding more water if necessary to keep the chickpeas covered. (Alternatively, if you're short on time, you can use the quick-soak method: place the chickpeas in a pot and cover with water by about three inches; bring to a boil and cook for two minutes, then remove the pan from the heat and let stand for one hour.)
  2. Drain the chickpeas and place in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add all of the other ingredients except for the oil and process until smooth, about 1 minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Form heaping tablespoonfuls of the mixture into patties about 1/2 inch thick and 1-1/2 inches wide.
  4. Heat 1/4-inch of oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot and shimmering, add half of the falafel to the pan (the falafel should sizzle immediately when you drop it in the oil; if it doesn't, wait another minute or two for the oil to heat up.) Nudge the falafel with a metal spatula occasionally so it doesn't stick. When the first side is golden, flip and cook a few minutes more until golden all over. The total cook time should be about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the falafel to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Cook the second batch, then serve warm or room temperature with tahini or yogurt sauce.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 falafel
  • Calories: 228
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Saturated fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Sodium: 307 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0

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Reviews & Comments

  • I loved these and found it easy to make. Can it be baked instead of fried?

    • — Tracey on November 11, 2018
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    • Hi Tracey, You’ll get the best result by frying them, but if you’d like to bake them, coat a baking sheet with a few Tbsp. of oil and bake them in a 375-degree oven for 10 – 15 minutes per side, or until golden. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 12, 2018
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  • I’ve been looking for a good falafel recipe and am hoping this is it (everything I’ve tried of yours has been amazing!). Question: how tender should these soaked chickpeas be? Sometimes they take forever to soften up. You say not to cook them, so…advice, please. Giving it 4 stars based on my expectations!

    • — Elizabeth DiPalma on August 17, 2018
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    • Hi Elizabeth, They won’t be tender at all since they are only soaked, not cooked. You really don’t want them tender for falafel. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on August 20, 2018
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  • Can’t wait to try this!

    Is the cilantro potent? My boyfriend hates it – but I’d love to sneak it in there 😉

    • — Jill on August 14, 2018
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    • Hi Jill, I’d definitely leave it out and/or substitute more parsley – the falafel will still be delish.

      • — Jenn on August 16, 2018
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  • This is a great falafel recipe! I made it as written several times, though this time we tried out our new airfryer as an alternative cooking method…400 degrees for about 10 minutes. 17 balls ( using a small scoop -approx 1.5 Tablespoon size) to fit on a single layer in the basket. There was still about 1 cup mix remaining, so I froze that. I’ve had good luck thawing the uncooked mix and using for a quick dinner. I also make a lemon tahini dressing (started with Moosewood recipe) which can also be frozen.

    I served the falafel with pita, broccoli sprouts, tomatoes, hummus, and the lemon tahini sauce. We also had a side of tabbouli salad (also from Moosewood) and had Jenn’s fabulous raspberry ricotta cheesecake. My guests were very complimentary throughout dinner and delighted to take leftovers home for another meal.

    Jenn, thanks so much for providing these great recipes. It seems like all of the recipes that I’ve tried on your site are phenomenal which leads me to have great trust in everything that you provide us. Thank you!

    • — Cindy Middleton on June 30, 2018
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  • I made this tonight and it is definitely going into the regular rotation. I love falafel but never even thought to make it myself til now. This recipe comes together really quickly. I soaked the beans the night before and the rest took about 20 minutes from start to plate. I realized after looking at the photos that I used less oil than was called for – probably had 1/8 inch which was enough. I made the tzatziki to go with it and a simple salad of red lettuce and an heirloom yellow tomato. Can’t wait to take the leftovers for lunch!

    • — Elizabeth on June 11, 2018
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    • An update to my original review.

      1. I mixed mine for a full minute in the food processor after reading other reviews and they stayed together no problem.

      2. These are really amazing right out of the pan. They are pretty good a day after making them, but after that mine dried out. I’d recommend making them right before you eat them – crispy and delicious.

      • — Elizabeth on June 13, 2018
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  • hi there….is it possible to make these a day early, refrigerate and then re-heat? Will it affect the texture etc? Thank you!!

    • — Melissa on May 28, 2018
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    • Hi Melissa, I’ve only eaten these right after cooking them, but I think they would reheat nicely. I’d reheat them in a 325-degree oven for 10 -15 minutes, or until heated through. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 28, 2018
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  • This is a tasty and straightforward recipe; practically perfect in every way! I make these in about 25 minutes, start (after rehydrating the chickpeas overnight) to finish.

    Definitely use dried chickpeas and rehydrate them overnight. The raw chickpeas stay together the best and have a better texture than even the quick boiled version.

    I don’t have a food processor so after prepping all of the ingredients, I break them up into approximately 1/3 batches and use my ninja chopper. After a quick stir in a bowl to blend the batches together, they’re ready to pan-fry.

    One tip, pack the falafel patties tightly when forming in your hands or they may break up in the pan.

    Really easy, delicious recipe! Thank you!

    • — Jackye on March 6, 2018
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  • This was such an exciting recipe to attempt! I’d never made anything remotely similar, but Jenn’s instructions made it fool proof. It was almost magical to watch the uncooked patties become falafel before my eyes! I’ve now made this dish twice, and reduced both the salt and cinnamon by half the second time around…That was a nearly perfect spice blend for my husband and I, but next time I may try using 3/4 tsp salt and rolling the patties in sesame seeds before frying. This is a recipe I always can’t wait to try again!

    • — Shelly Coltrin on March 1, 2018
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  • Hi Jen.
    Do I cover the chickpeas with a cloth towel or saran wrap when letting soak over night?
    Don’t want to mess up as I would love to be able to make homemade falafel.
    Thanks
    Megan

    • — Megan M. on February 24, 2018
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    • Hi Megan, It won’t have a huge impact on the recipe one way or the other, but yes, I’d cover them when letting them soak. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on February 25, 2018
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  • Once again, your recipe has made dinner a complete winner in our home! These falafels were fabulous. I had some trouble with the amount of chickpeas in my food processor — there were almost more than my processor (a Ninja) could handle. So, I processed the chickpeas on their own for about a minute. Then when they were ground down enough that they weren’t up to the lid any longer, I added the rest of the ingredients and blended for about 3-4 more minutes, scraping down the sides after every minute. I used an ice-cream scoop to shape the falafels and had no trouble at all with them falling apart while cooking. Another 5-star recipe! I look forward to trying something new from your website every week. Thank you so much for making meal time fun again. I can’t wait to get my hands on your cookbook!

    • — Leah N. on February 21, 2018
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    • So happy you’re enjoying the recipes, Leah! 😊

      • — Jenn on February 22, 2018
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  • Made for the first time today. Really great and sooo easy! They fried beautifully after soaking the dried chickpeas for almost 24h. Looking forward to making again and will try to freeze some. Thanks for all your fantastic recipes- you are now my go to site for recipes!

    • — Lara on January 20, 2018
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  • I made the falafel recipe the other night . The flavor was GREAT, but much of it fell apart while frying in oil. I’m sure there is a secret to keep it staying together. Can you advise?

    • Hi Sue, Sorry you had a problem with it staying together– Is there any chance you measured something incorrectly? Did you soak the chickpeas?

      • — Jenn on January 15, 2018
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  • My daughter (who recently became vegetarian) and I made these last night and they were absolutely fabulous. I soaked the chickpeas for 24 hours. We kept hearing a popping/clicking noise in the kitchen and finally realized that the chickpeas were making that noise as they expanded in the soaking water! We used avocado oil for frying and served these on a bed of fresh spinach along with cucumbers, tomatoes and yogurt sauce. The seasoning was spot on. So delicious!

    • — Liesel on January 11, 2018
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  • Just finished making these….had the same experience as some of the other people who’ve commented: they wouldn’t hold together before getting them in the pan, so I put them back in the food processor and processed them for a full minute. This time they held together nicely. I discovered that I really like these with tahini sauce, tomatoes and spinach.

  • I made these a few days ago, this recipe is a keeper! I am about to make another batch right now. Thank You! I am thinking about making the donut muffins next.

    • — Tiana on October 17, 2017
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  • These were super tasty. Beautifully balanced flavors. I did soak the chickpeas for 3 days. The mixture was just perfect and they held their shape while being fried in my cast iron pan. Just moved them a bit underneath with a spatula while they were frying and I had no issues with them sticking. Thank you so much for your great recipes!

    • — Terri B. on September 25, 2017
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  • Hey Jenn,
    I followed this recipe closely, except used canned chick peas (which is what my son used when successfully making your recipe). When I went to fry the patties in the oil, which was sizzling and hot as per your recipe, they disintegrated- mushy mess- completely inedible. What did I do wrong?
    PS: I love all of your other recipes I’ve tried and made successfully.

    • — Amy on August 23, 2017
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    • Hi Amy, It’t the canned chickpeas — unfortunately, they do not work for falafel (not sure what your son did but I’ve tried it and experienced the same problem you did). Hope you’ll try them again!

      • — Jenn on August 24, 2017
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  • Hi Jenn, These look great and I am thinking about making them for a party on Saturday. I’d have to cook them at home, and then bring them over but they would cool off. What do you think would be the easiest/best/fastest way to reheat them at the party? Thanks in advance!

    • — Pam on August 9, 2017
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    • Hi Pam, I’d reheat them in a 325-degree oven for 10 -15 minutes, or until heated through. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on August 9, 2017
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  • Hi Jenn!
    Many thanks as usual for such awesome recipes!
    A quick one on these: my son (turning 3) isn’t really into pepper and I wanted to know: if I reduce the black pepper to 1/4 teaspoon, will it alter the taste tremendously? I know he will love them as long as he cant ‘feel’ the pepper. Thanks!

    • — Sarah on July 6, 2017
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    • Nope – feel free to reduce it :). Hope your little guy enjoys!

      • — Jenn on July 6, 2017
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      • I made them last night and they were amazing! He loved them! I found that for them to hold their shape I had to process them real good. I really look forward to that cookbook 🙂 🙂

        • — Sarah on July 8, 2017
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  • Hi Jenn,

    I enjoy your recipes and found them to be foolproof until this one. The mix tasted good and I chose to refrigerate prior to forming patties since the mixture seemed too dry. That seemed to help and they held their shape until I flipped them over in the pan. That’s when they fell apart. I followed your recipe to the letter and the pan and oil was to temp. prior to adding the patties. Any ideas of what to add to the mixture to bind it better?

    • — Jennifer on June 21, 2017
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    • Hi Jennifer, Sorry you had a problem with the falafel– Is there any chance you measured something incorrectly? Did you soak the chickpeas?

      • — Jenn on June 22, 2017
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      • Thank you for responding so quickly.! Yes, I soaked the chickpeas as per your instructions. Some of your reviewers posted that they also experienced difficulty and added flour or soda. I used avocado oil and an All Clad saute pan. Perhaps more success with a cast iron skillet?

        • — Jennifer on June 22, 2017
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        • Hi Jennifer, When I was testing this recipe, I tried baking soda and I don’t think that binds them together any differently. Maybe the mixture was a bit too chunky? If you try them again, I’d puree them for a bit longer in the food processor. Also, although I’m not sure it makes a difference, you could try cooking them in a non-stick or cast iron skillet.

          • — Jenn on June 27, 2017
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  • I’m middle eastern and picky about my falafel and love this! Added some baking soda to the chickpeas to help with the grinding as it’s supposed to make them softer when soaking. My 5 year old son just gobbled them up. thank you for another great recipe.

    • — Travellerwannabe on May 13, 2017
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  • I plan on doubling the recipe. Can I make the mix the night before and let it sit in the fridge overnight?

    • — Naz Sicherman on March 9, 2017
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    • Yes, Naz, I think that would work. Please let me know how they turn out!

      • — Jenn on March 10, 2017
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      • They turned out great and the falafel party was big hit! Served with your bulgar salad and homemade pita along with the regular fixings!
        Thank you! Love all your recipes!

        • — Naz Sicherman on March 22, 2017
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  • So my falafels fell apart in the pan, they disintegrated into the oil. Would love to know how to keep them together?

    • — Amanda Mc Kinley on March 5, 2017
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    • Hi Amanda, Sorry to hear that these didn’t hold their shape! I’m wondering if perhaps you measured something incorrectly? Did you soak the chickpeas?

      • — Jenn on March 5, 2017
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      • Hi Jenn, second attempt went much better. We soaked the chickpeas for longer, but also added just a little pinch of flour.
        They taste great the next day also!
        I found your website a few months ago and I’m really enjoying trying your recipes.

        • — Amanda Mc Kinley on March 20, 2017
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  • My go-to falafel recipe. I make a big batch, freeze it, and reheat it when I want it.

    • — Elly on March 2, 2017
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  • Where can I find dried chickpeas?

    • — Anais Kahermanes on February 22, 2017
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    • Hi Anais, Most large grocery stores will carry them. If not, you may want to try an ethnic market or a store with a bulk bin section. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on February 22, 2017
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  • This was great! I soaked my beans for about 24 hours and had no issue with the falafel patties falling apart while cooking. Very tasty and my family thought they tasted better than our local Greek restaurant!

    • — Tracy on January 4, 2017
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  • We love falafels but the only “homemade” ones I’ve made came from a box. Easy but not the best tasting or texture. This recipe is great. The secret is starting with dried garbanzos. They came together nicely, held up to cooking and tasted REALLY wonderful and authentic. The cilantro and spice combo are right on target!

    • — Mary Cusack on December 1, 2016
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  • I’ve tried the falafel recipe twice now and the parties keep falling apart in the oil while cooking. Any suggestions? It still tastes really good!

    • — Steve on November 3, 2016
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    • Hi Steve, I’m sorry to hear you had a hard time with the falafel– they should hold together without a problem. is there a chance you measured something incorrectly? Did you soak the chickpeas?

      • — Jenn on November 3, 2016
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      • I also made this recipe twice and had same problem. The patties are falling apart.I add one tablespoon flour to the mixture and it helped. My family like the taste of these falafels a lot!

        • — Zdenka on January 10, 2017
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  • Delicious! I was concerned because the chickpeas were a bit crunchy, even after soaking for 20 hours. I had to squeeze a bit to form the balls (patties), but it worked and they stayed together and have a very nice texture.

    • — Laura on September 14, 2016
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  • So good! These were the best falafel I’ve ever had, hands down.

    • — Julie on August 26, 2016
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  • Hi Jenn,

    I’m so excited to make these tonight for dinner. I am just wondering about the beans I have soaked, which have doubled in volume. Do I use the full amount of soaked beans in this recipe?

    • — Angie on August 25, 2016
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    • Yes, Angie — the measurement is for dried beans so use all of them. Please come back and lmk how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on August 25, 2016
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  • Hi Jenn,
    Do you know the calories for this recipe?
    Thanks,
    Carol

    • — Carol on August 18, 2016
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    • Hi Carol, Basing the serving being falafel, the calories come out to 228. If you’d like to see all of the nutritional stats, scroll down beneath the recipe. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on August 19, 2016
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  • Delicious. Mine crumbled and fell apart first time around – did some research and reformed the patties after adding some baking soda to the recipe – worked like magic. Can’t wait to make again.

    • — PB on August 13, 2016
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  • Hi Jenn,
    In a pinch can these be made with canned chick peas? -Would love to make them tonight for lunches during the week!
    Love, love,love every recipe of yours I’ve tried. My 9 yr. old daughter is mastering muffins this summer with your strawberry recipe and our fresh picked stawberries!
    Thanks for sharing your expertise and recipes,
    Jenn McG

    • — Jenn McGuinness on July 25, 2016
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    • Hi Jenn, So glad to hear you’re enjoying the recipes (and that your daughter is in on it too)! For the best results, I strongly recommend dried chickpeas here. I’ve tried preparing these with canned and they were kind of a mushy mess!

      • — Jenn on July 25, 2016
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  • This looks wonderful and I can’t wait to try it! I was wondering if this would be a freezer-friendly recipe? Would it work to either make the mixture ahead of time and freeze (or refrigerate) before cooking, or could you fry up the falafel patties and then freeze/refrigerate them before reheating and serving?

    • — Kelly on July 25, 2016
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    • Hi Kelly, I do think you could get away with refrigerating either the uncooked or cooked falafel, but I’ve never frozen these (either cooked or uncooked) so I can’t say for sure. I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful!

      • — Jenn on July 25, 2016
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      • Hi Jenn –

        Sorry it’s taken me so long to follow up on this, but I wanted to let you (and interested readers) know: I have had great success with freezing these!

        I put a sheet of parchment on a baking sheet and use a cookie dough scoop to portion out individual falafels. Then I pop the pan in the freezer for a couple of hours. Once they are frozen, I transfer them to a ziploc bag. Whenever I want falafel, it’s easy to grab a handful so I can make just a few at a time. These have become a freezer staple in our house. Thanks again for the great recipe!

        • — Kelly on May 28, 2017
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        • Thanks for sharing this tip, Kelly! I’m sure it will be helpful to others.

          • — Jenn on May 28, 2017
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  • How well do these keep and reheat? Can you freeze? Thanks!

    • — Stacy on July 25, 2016
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    • Hi Stacy, I’ve only eaten this fresh, so I can’t say for sure, but I think they would reheat nicely. And regarding freezing, unfortunately I don’t know because I’ve never frozen them! If you do freeze them, I’d love to know how they turn out when reheated.

      • — Jenn on July 25, 2016
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      • we in Egypt freeze it before frying and it’s as fresh, but we also make it with fava bean (dried chopped in halves then soaked in water) just like what you did to the chickpeas.
        try it, it’s much better than using chickpeas.

        • — Alaa' hazem on July 27, 2016
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        • almost forgot to tell you we also add dill,coriander and leek to recipe the above.

          • — Alaa' hazem on July 27, 2016
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          • the best falafel I have ever eaten were at Carnival restaurant in Los Angeles. I had never heard of them being made with fava beans until then–absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for helping with the substitution, am going shopping now…

            • — Lauri on August 30, 2016
  • I’ve never made falafel at home but that looks really yummy and easy. What would you recommend as a substitute for the cilantro?

    • — Mim on July 24, 2016
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    • Hi Mim, you can double the parsley in the recipe or use an equivalent amount of fresh dill. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on July 24, 2016
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  • Not to harp on the no frying question but what about an air fryer?

    • — Tamera on July 20, 2016
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    • Hi Tamera, I’ve never used an air fryer, so it’s hard to say how they’ll turn out. If you do prepare them this way, I’d love to hear about the results!

      • — Jenn on July 20, 2016
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  • Thanks for the recipe!!
    Simple instructions and lovely photos..tempts me to try it soon

  • Felafel – long time eater, first time making! The result was delicious, the recipe easy to follow and robust enough to cope easily with a few adjustments. I didn’t have cilantro or spring onions in the garden just now but an abundance of parsley, chives, and garlic scapes (instead of garlic), substitutions that worked fine. I cooked in grapeseed oil. This is the second recipe of yours that I’ve tried and both have been wonderful – thank you!

    • — Sarah on July 19, 2016
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  • Wonderful flavour and texture, straight-forward to make, and simply delicious! I made it with your hummus on the side and the mid-east chicken kabobs – a great meal! Can’t thank you enough for this collection of great recipes.

    • — Nick on July 16, 2016
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  • Hi Jen – is it possible to bake them rather than pan fry them? Thanks!

    • — Allison on July 15, 2016
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    • Hi Allison, I think you’ll get the best result by frying them, but if you’d like to bake them, coat a baking sheet with a few Tbsp. of oil and bake them in a 375 degree oven for 10 – 15 minutes per side, or until golden.

      • — Jenn on July 15, 2016
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  • Hi Jenn,
    The recipe sounds great but I was wondering how you would recommend cooking it without frying. I try to make things as healthy as possible. :).
    Thank you!
    Geri

    • — Geri on July 14, 2016
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    • Hi Geri, These really are best fried, but if you’d like to bake them, coat a baking sheet with a few Tbsp of oil and bake them in a 375 degree oven for 10 -15 minutes per side, or until golden. I’d love to know how the baked version turns out!

      • — Jenn on July 15, 2016
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      • Hi there! I just tried this recipe as I love falafel and so does my husband who is a strict vegetarian. I was hoping this recipe would work for me but I did everything as you instructed but when it came to me forming my patties they didn’t shape well and basically fell apart when I attempted to fry them. Do you know why that may have happened? Could it maybe be altitude that did this? They became too dry and crumbled apart? I’m so confused and really want to make this recipe work. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

        Sharmila

        • — Sharmila on August 1, 2016
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        • Hi Sharmila, I’m sorry to hear you had a hard time with the falafel! The patties should be moist enough hold together without a problem. The altitude shouldn’t affect them- I’m wondering if perhaps you measured something incorrectly? Did you soak the chickpeas?

          • — Jenn on August 2, 2016
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          • I did soak the chickpeas per the instructions but I do that on a regular basis and then freeze them. I used some of my presoaked chickpeas and thawed them out so perhaps the problem was that they were pre-frozen? Your opinion on that would be greatly appreciated.

            It wasn’t a total loss though because even the crumbled falafel was tasty which I paired with my own home made babaganoush. I ate them both with whole wheat pita break and it still made for a very tasty lunch. I will keep trying and see if it will work the next time.

            Is altitude only something of concern for baking?

            Thanks for your response. I really like your website. I think you have fantastic recipes. I made your rum cake and it was such a hit. Being in Calgary, Canada we are at higher altitude and so your instructions on the bake times to accommodate were very helpful. Keep up the good work Jenn on this fabulous site you have.

            • — Sharmila on August 2, 2016
          • I’m glad you were able to salvage the pieces and enjoy your lunch! I can’t imagine freezing/thawing the chickpeas would make a big difference but, if that’s the only thing that you did differently, perhaps it’s worth trying again with fresh. And, correct, altitude not an issue for anything but baking.

            • — Jenn on August 3, 2016
  • Hi Jenn,

    Love eating falafel! These looks so yummy.
    Thanks for the detailed photos & instructions! Saving the recipe for later. 🙂

    Amy

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