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Learn How to Make Falafel From Scratch With This Very Easy Recipe

Craving some Middle Eastern cuisine, but not really sure how to make it? Start here with our very easy-to-make falafel recipe.

Craving some Middle Eastern cuisine, but not really sure how to make it? Start here with our very easy-to-make falafel recipe.

Perhaps no other food says Middle Eastern cuisine more than falafel, that simple Arab comfort food made from chickpeas or fava beans. Although it’s usually part of the everyday Middle Eastern breakfast, Arabs enjoy this crispy treat any time of the day.

With that in mind, today you’ll learn how to make falafel with canned chickpeas. And you’ll be doing it using one of the easiest Middle Eastern recipes around. Just the thought of this is already making us hungry, so let’s go!


What are the Ingredients?

Arabs traditionally make falafel from dried chickpeas, However, since  you might find dried chickpeas hard to find,  we’re using the canned version for this recipe. (Also, you have to let dried chickpeas soak overnight, and really, who has time for that?)

Besides chickpeas and Middle Eastern spices, here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need as you learn how to cook falafel:

How to Make Falafel

The great thing about this recipe is that it takes very little preparation time to make this falafel. Actually, the greatest amount of time is spent just waiting the (highly-recommended) 1-2 hours for chilling in the fridge. 

  1. First, add chickpeas, parsley, shallot, garlic, sesame seeds, cumin, salt, pepper, coriander and cardamom to a food processor or blender.  Then, pulse/mix to combine the ingredients, scraping down the sides as needed until thoroughly combined. In the end, your goal is a crumbly dough, not a pasty one.

bil-hanā’ wa ash-shifā’ !

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