• 1 pound chickpeas (/garbanzo beans - you must start with dry, do NOT substitute canned, they will not work!)
  • 1 onion (small, roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 5 cloves garlic (I prefer roasted)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch ground cardamom
  • vegetable oil (for frying, grapeseed, canola, and peanut oil work well)
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NutritionView more



Calories25Calories from Fat9
Total Fat1g2%
Saturated Fat0g0%
Trans Fat0g
Calories from Fat9
Total Carbohydrate4g1%
Dietary Fiber<1g3%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Erlend Neergaard 7 hours ago
Perfect recipe. Must use dried chickpeas, not canned, and don’t run the processor too long. Can experiment with all sorts of spices for variation, but the original is very good!
Alex Emmanuel 7 days ago
didn't taste original
Kendra W. 11 Jun
My tester fell apart in the skillet so I baked them at 400 for about 15 minutes. Turned out great!
Line K. 26 May
I love this recipe although getting the consistency right is tricky. We bring them for Barbecues as a vegan alternative.
Kate 26 Apr
Super flavorful and fun to make.
Christina 23 Apr
Made this recipe today. Amped up on cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion, tumeric, and garlic powder. Wonderful flavor. I will try to make again, and probably will try to bake.
Kendell G. 30 Mar
Used this recipe on at least two occasions Stuck to the recipe, mostly and falafels were perfect every time
L. Wool 24 Mar
made this many times. so very good. its my only recipe for falafel. thanks so much for sharing.
Mackay 24 Mar
Great recipe entire family loved it including the kids
Eleni S. 11 Mar
Falafel turned out really good. My only issue was on the ingredients did not fit into my cusinart. 1 pound of chickpeas was too much for it to handle. I blended the ingredients in two parts to make it work. I decided not to fry the Falafel. Instead I had a cast iron skillet preheated in the oven and sprayed each Falafel with olive oil on each side.. then put in the oven at 500 degrees for 8 minutes. Turned out perfect
Great! Thanks for sharing
Sanja M. 12 Feb
Excellent! Easy to make, super tasty, my family loved it!
Ayo 12 Feb
The flavor is fabulous!! Second time making it, and I just can’t get the texture right
Falafel was very tasty
Vitela 5 Feb
Very easy recipe, just make sure you have a large food processor. Also per the recipe i added all the spices and it was VERY bland. I added some dried parsley, sesame seeds, garlic powder and other spices to amp it up.
Hello 4 Feb
Amazing!!! I would only add more Cyrene pepper since we like it on the spicy side it was very easy to make thank you
Geydi V. 29 Jan
Delicious! Made them to the T and the husband approved :)
Doug S. 20 Jan
This was absolutely fantastic! Even the kids loved it! Swapped cayenne for paprika.
Maria 10 Jan
So delicious! I went a little heavier on the cumin and parsley because I love those flavors
Mimi 8 Jan
Absolutely fantastic recipe, making a second batch already!
teresa d. 7 Jan
I've made these many times. By far, my favorite falafel recipe.
Mealy 4 Jan
Success on the first try! Very delicious!
It is so delicious😋 of course I put them in the oven instead of frying. It gets more healthier.
Veronica L. 30 Dec 2017
To die for boyfriend ate them all left none for me
Al 29 Dec 2017
Almost wish I hadn’t made these. The results were so good that my wife already planned another day for me to make them for her and another batch for her friends. All before she finished her meal.
Steven F. 27 Dec 2017
This dish is terrific! Great flavor from so few ingredients with a relatively simple recipe. Will make again and often.
Adhira D. 22 Nov 2017
So yummy!!!! I would definitely make again
Johan Arias 1 Nov 2017
This recipe is great, super tasteful.
David S. 22 Sep 2017
Good. I added mung beans.
adeline c. 14 Sep 2017
Awesome recipe followed exactly