Falafel/Crispy Spiced Chickpea Balls

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Friday, May 25, 2012

I m Living in UAE for the past 8 years, though i have tasted Middle-Eastern Food outside, but never tried them @ home. This is the first time, i made Falafel @ home. No big reason for not making all these days, since we tried it @ home, it will be a definite snack here onward.

A Little info (courtesy : Wiki) about these Cute little, power-packed Snack!!! Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is usually served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread.  Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack.
Generally accepted to have first been made in Egypt, falafel has become a dish eaten throughout the Middle East. The Copts of Egypt claim to have first made the dish as a replacement for meat during Lent. The fritters are now found around the world as a replacement for meat and as a form of street food.

1 Cup Chickpeas
4 green chilies
3 cloves of garlic
a small piece of ginger
1 tsp of All purpose flour
 a handful of Coriander Leaves
Oil for Deep Frying
Salt to taste

  • Soak Chickpeas in Water for 8 hours or Overnight.
  • Drain the Excess water and towel dry the chickpeas. There should be no Moisture.
  • Take the Chickpeas with rest of the ingredients except oil in a mixer. Grind it smooth without adding water.
  • Transfer the contents to a bowl. knead and shape them into Marble-sized Balls.
  • Heat Oil in  a Pan, Deep fry the Balls in Batches. Keep the flame in medium and fry, or else you end up with browned outside and uncooked inside falafels.
  • Serve them Hot as such with Tomato Sauce . My kiddo munched it as such without any accompaniment.
  • We enjoyed it as a sandwich, with some Peanut Chutney and Tomato Sauce and some Cucumber with toasted Sunflower Seed Bread.

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  1. Delicious falafel :) Looks so good. Wish someone could make one for me right now :)

  2. Yummy snack.. I posted this recently too.

  3. Not only kids all will love it

  4. good one.. kids loves it..Am your new follower do visit mine if you have time to spare:)

  5. This is something that I love to make. Like your idea of making a sandwich with it.

  6. nice , liked the idea of putting it between the bread

  7. falafel is looking really yummy and perfect snack

  8. Feel like munching some crispy falafels rite now,my fav anytime.

  9. What a delicious feast, I would love to have this priya..

  10. Yummy n Healthy snack...looks too good!!
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  11. perfect fallafel...came out perfect!

  12. when I was young living in Middle east....we used to go to this shop just to get hot hot vadas...little that we know that was falafel...years later now still I love my 'vadas' and i make it at home too!...yummy one!

  13. Love to have these crunchy falafel inside a pita bread .....nicely done.

  14. Perfect and crispy looking falafel and great idea of using them in bread.

  15. Yummy falafel, pics looks tempting...

  16. Lovely! Who doesn't love falafel..

  17. Priya i love these cute beauties..and make them very often...gorgeous!!

  18. Falafel are one of my favorite snack/ dish. Yours look crispy and delicious.

  19. Hi Priya,

    Made the falafels for snack and they were absolutely delicious!!!! My kids just loved them, this will be a regular in my house now on.



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