How to make Falafel -

A very popular Lebanese deep-fried snack made of chickpeas.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Chickpeas (kabuli chana) (काबुली चना), Garlic cloves (लहसुन लौंग)

Cuisine : Lebanese

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Falafel Recipe Card


One can find plenty of starches, whole grain, fruits, vegetables, fresh fish and seafood in Lebanese cuisine.  Animal fats are rarely used. More of poultry than red meat is eaten.  When red meat is eaten it is usually lamb in the coastal and goat meat in the mountain regions. It also uses ample amounts of garlic and olive oil, often seasoned with lemon juice. Olive oil, herbs, garlic and lemon are typical flavours found in the Lebanese diet.
Foods here are mostly grilled, baked or sautéed in olive oil. Butter or cream is rarely used other than in a few desserts. Vegetables are often eaten raw, pickled or cooked. Herbs and spices are used and the Lebanese are very particular of the freshness of ingredients. Like most Mediterranean countries, much of what the Lebanese eat depends on the seasons. Lebanese recipes are a rich mixture of a variety of ingredients that come from all the Lebanese regions, and each Lebanese area has its own special dishes that bespeak the culture of the area.

Prep Time : 8-10 hour

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Falafel Recipe

  • Chickpeas (kabuli chana) soaked for 8 hours 3 cups

  • Garlic cloves 8-10

  • Onion finely chopped 1

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 1/2 cup

  • Fresh parsley chopped 1/2 cup

  • Fresh breadcrumbs 1 cup

  • Sesame seeds 1 tablespoon

  • Cumin powder 1 tablespoon

  • Black pepper powder 1 teaspoon

  • Coriander powder 1 tablespoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Baking soda 1/2 teaspoon

  • Oil for deep-frying

  • Refined flour (maida) 1 cup


Step 1

Blend chickpeas in a blender. Add garlic and blend again. Add onion and little water and blend. Add coriander, parsley and a little water and blend again into a coarse mixture.

Step 2

Transfer mixture into a bowl. Add breadcrumbs, sesame seeds, cumin powder, black pepper powder, coriander powder, salt and baking soda and mix well.

Step 3

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Spread flour on a plate.

Step 4

Divide chickpea mixture into equal portions shaped into small patties. Dust them with flour and deep-fry falafels on medium heat till golden. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 5

Serve hot on a bed of lettuce.

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