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Authentic Chickpea Falafel

Urban Accents Falafel Recipe
Authentic Chickpea FalafelCulinary WingmanSeptember 25, 2018

Have you always wanted to try making your own falafel? Do it! With this straight-forward recipe, you can skip the take out call and DIY your own Mediterranean feast!




15 min
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40 min


  1. Add all ingredients (except frying oil) to food processor and pulse until the mixture is a crumbly, mealy texture. It should be soft enough to hold together, but stop processing before it becomes gummy or mushy. Remove mixture to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 1-3 hours. This will help your falafel hold together while frying.
  2. When ready to cook, pour oil into a cast iron skillet or dutch oven until it's 1.5-2 inches deep. Heat over medium heat to between 350 and 375 degrees. This will take a few minutes, but do not let oil overheat. Oil should sizzle a bit when you dash a few drops of water in, but not pop loudly and spatter everywhere. The easiest way to keep your oil temperature consistent is to use a candy or frying thermometer. If your falafel brown too quickly, turn the oil down. If your falafel do not bubble and sizzle while cooking, turn your oil up.
  3. Use a small, 1-2 ounce disher or ice cream scoop to scoop falafel mixture. Pack it loosely in, and dish it out directly into the hot oil. You can also scoop out mixture in 1 tablespoon increments and roll into balls or patties with wet hands. Carefully place falafel into hot oil and fry on each side until crispy and golden brown. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and allow to cool a bit before devouring.
  4. Serve as an appetizer, sandwich stuffing, or part of a beautiful Mediterranean spread including Jerusalem Salad, tabouli, rice, stuffed grape leaves, pita bread, baba ganoush, etc.

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