Falafel- Crispy Fried Garbanzo Bean/Chickpea Fritter (vegan)

Falafel is an iconic popular street food in the Middle East that’s vegan, protein-rich and surprisingly easy to make. This authentic crispy Lebanese falafel recipe is made with chickpeas, herbs, onion & spices – vegan, gluten-free, protein-rich. You can make crispy falafel at home and have it taste just like it’s from the streets of Lebanon.


  • 1 cup chickpeas soaked overnight
  • 1/2 chopped Onion
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 small green chilli
  • 1/2 cup  Parsley
  • 1/2  cup Cilantro
  • 4 tablespoons Flour/breadcrumbs or chickpea flour
  •  1 teaspoon Salt 
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • Oil for frying


1. Put the chickpeas in a large bowl over them by about 2-3 inches of cold water.  Let soak overnight, then wash and drain.

2. Put washed and drained chickpeas into a food processor, add garlic cloves, onion, parsley, cilantro, baking soda and spices. process until smooth but crumbly.

3. Transfer to a large bowl, add breadcrumbs and mix until combined. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

4. Heat oil to 360˚F (180˚C).

5. Remove falafel mixture from the fridge and using wet hands shape into 1-inch balls.

6. Fry the falafels in batches, 4-6 at a time. Until golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel.

7. Serve as is or with Hummus.



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