Quick and Easy Falafel Recipe

A bowl of hummous is served with olive oil, falafel balls and sprinkled with chopped parsley alongside olives, a fresh onion, chili and lemon juice and red chili paste February 21, 2006 in a restaurant in Tel Aviv.
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  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 2 Servings
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Traditional falafel recipes using dried chickpeas can be time-consuming. Soaking the beans and removing the shells is not ideal for those with a busy lifestyle. This recipe for falafel contains few ingredients which cuts down on preparation time. It's perfect for those who want an easier version of falafel.

What You'll Need

  • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas (drained)
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups oil (or amount needed for frying, canola or vegetable)

How to Make It

Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper (to taste) in a medium bowl. Add flour and combine well.

Mash chickpeas, making sure to mix ingredients together. You can also combine ingredients in a food processor. You want the result to be a thick paste.

Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. Slightly flatten.

Fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 degrees until golden brown (2-5 minutes).

Serve falafel by itself, or with hot pita bread with veggies, or tahini sauce.