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Crispy Fried Falafel

Crispy Fried Falafel

These Crispy Fried Falafel are made from dried chickpeas and so, so good! You'll want to add them to your salads, bowls, wraps, sandwiches, everything!
Course Basics, Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean, Vegan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Soaking Time 12 hours
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 21 Falafel
Calories 89kcal
Author Bianca Haun | Elephantastic Vegan


  • 1 1/2 cups dried chickpeas
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 onions
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 2 cups fresh parsley (50 g)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2/3 cups besan/chickpea flour (+ more if the mixture doesn't stick together)
  • frying oil amount depends in the size of the pot


  • Soak chickpeas with enough water (at least 2-3 times the amount) overnight. The next day, drain and rinse them.
  • Peel the onions and garlic cloves. Put them in a food processor and blitz them up. In a pan with a teaspoon of olive oil, add the chopped onions, garlic, whole cumin seeds, a bit of salt, and let it cook on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes or until they soften.
  • Into the food processor, add the soaked chickpeas, parsley, the onion-garlic-cumin-mixture, and salt. Pulse. Then add chickpea flour.
  • Process again until it’s fine and easily sticks together. You can always add more chickpea flour if it’s not sticky enough.
  • For evenly sized falafel, I use an ice cream scoop, then roll them in my hands to make balls.
  • Use a small wok or pot and add frying oil. The falafel should be able to swim in the oil but don't fill the pot too high otherwise you risk an oil overspill. Bring the oil to high heat (you should see some movement in the oil but no smoke!) and fry the falafel for about 6 minutes. Then add them to a kitchen paper to remove excess oil.
  • Serve them with hummus, flatbread, in salads, couscous, bowls, or whatever your heart desires!


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 496IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg