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The best Original Falafel with Chickpeas - Middle East
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The best Original Falafel with Chickpeas | Middle East, Vegan and Gluten-Free

Traditional Falafels from the Middle East. Combine it with Hummus and Arabic Pita. 
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Arabic
Prep Time 10 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 10 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 430kcal
Author penelopi


  • 3.5 cups uncooked dry chickpeas
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 5 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp chickpea or other gluten-free flour for the mix
  • Gluten-free flour to cover the balls before frying
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp red pepper
  • sunflower oil for frying or other oil


  • Put Chickpeas in a big bowl and cover them with cold water. leave them overnight. They will double in size. 
  • Drain them wash them well and put them in a food processor
  • Add the onion, parsley, garlic, flour, salt, cumin.coriander and peppers. 
  • Blend them well until all mixed well. Do not over blend them! Just they are all finely mixed. 
  • Put the mix in a bowl and in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Put flour on a big plate.
  • Form the mix into small balls and cover them each one with enough flour.
  • Put frying oil in a pan and let it heat well over medium heat. 
  • When it's heated, put the falafel balls into the pan and fry them on each side for 2-3 minutes until golden.
  • Put paper in a big plate and place the falafel so the oil will be absorbed. 
  • Serve them immediately on a plate with hummus, pita bread or any other sauce. 
  • Enjoy!!! 


  1. --- Do not use canned chickpeas. The recipe will not work.
  2. ---- In case you can not form the balls, put the mix back to the processor and blend again. 
  3. ---- Do not over blend them. If you over blend them, the chickpeas will start to create a creamy consistency. 
  4. ---- This recipe makes around 30 falafel.


Calories: 430kcal