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Falafel is one of Middle East’s most popular dishes, it’s naturally vegan, healthy and incredibly delicious!
Course Appetisers
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 57kcal
Author Diana


For the falafel:

  • 1/2 kg 1 pound chickpeas soaked in water overnight
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 green chili
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp baharat spice mix
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda or baking powder
  • sunflower or corn oil for frying

For the tahini dip (tartoor sauce):

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup water you might need to add more (preferably cold)
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • a pinch of salt


To make the falafel

  • In a food processor, blitz all of the falafel ingredients (except for the baking soda) until you get a smooth consistency.
  • Chill the mixture in the fridge for 15 minutes. Then take it out and fix in the baking soda.
  • Heat the oil in a work or a dutch oven, let it reach 170-180c (340-350f) then create ball shape falafel and drop them in the hot oil. Fry every 4-6 falafels at once.
  • Don't step away while frying the falafel as they can burn easily and make sure that the temperature of the oil is consistent. When they're ready, dry them on kitchen towels so that the excess oil is absorbed. Serve warm.

To make the tahini sauce (tartoor dip):

  • In a small bowl, add tahini with water and mix using a spoon. The tahini will absorb the water. Then add lemon juice, and whisk. This is when the sauce will brighten up. Mix in garlic, and add salt. Add more water if the sauce is too thick.


  • Only add the baking soda 5 minutes before frying. If you don't have baking soda, you can use baking powder instead. Don't skip this ingredient as it helps your falafel become airy and soft rather than tough and dense.
  • If you plan on freezing the falafel mixture, don't add the spices or the baking soda.
  • If your falafel starts falling apart while frying, it means that your oil isn't hot enough.
  • Fry 4-6 pieces together at most at a time.
  • You can change the amounts of the seasonings used if there is a particular taste that you like.


Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.2mg