Sunday, 18 January 2015

How to make Falafel

Recipe of Indian Style Falafel | Chickpeas Tikki

Falafel patties are a simple vegetarian snack which can be served as a stand alone dish with hummus or Tahini sauce or as a meal with pita bread or other bread of your choice. You can also sandwich it in a burger or brown bread and is perfect for snacking. They are crispy from outside and has a light texture inside. They are moist and full of flavour. Chickpeas is a very good source of nutrients and loaded with proteins. It has lot of health benefits. This is the easiest way to add chickpeas to your diet. I have deep fried them, you can also shallow fry falafel patties in less oil or you can bake it. The process of making falafel is very easy and simple. You can even serve it with the dip available in your kitchen or with yogurt dip. They taste great with the platter of salad and vegetables too. They are vegan and gluten free.

Lets start with the recipe :

Preparation Time Cooking time Total Time Yield
10 minutes 15 minutes 25 minutes Serves 3 

Recipe Type : Snack
Cuisine : Middle Eastern

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup boiled dried chickpeas
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves/Cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon corn flour
  • 2 bread slices
  • Salt according to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Olive/Refine oil for deep frying
Preparation :
  1. Soak chickpeas overnight
  2. Rinse and drain chickpeas
  3. Make sure chickpeas are dry and you have drained all the water
  4. Add dried chickpeas, garlic cloves, green chillies, coriander leaves in a food processor/Chopper
  5. Grind it in a smooth thick paste
  6. In a bowl, add the thick grinded paste, broken slices of bread, corn flour 
  7. Add salt, pepper and chaat masala in it and mix well
  8. Make falafal balls of the mixture and place it on a plate
  9. Heat oil in a deep pan, deep fry few at a time
  10. Serve hot with hummus and Tahini Sauce

Note :
  1. Make sure you drain all the water before grinding the chickpeas
  2. Chaat masala is an Indian spice. If it is not available, you can make it without that.
  3. You can shallow fry the falafals instead of frying.
  4. Serve immediately otherwise they will not taste the same


  1. Just what I want to have right now!:) They look absolutely mouth-watering!

    1. Thanks kanak. I am glad you like it dear. :)

  2. These are not gluten free if you are using brown bread slices but otherwise they sure sound delicious.

    1. Thanks for letting me know dear Annie. I will edit it to bread. Thanks again. :)

  3. Indian style falfal!! great idea, Ritu! loving it!

  4. Yummy, awesome mouth watering..adding of bread is new to me. Great presentation

  5. Wow..wonderfully lovely..Ritu..:-) :-) :-)

  6. Yummy!!
    The chaat masala will definately add tanginess to the falafal!!

  7. cute & yummy falafel.......looks awesome.

  8. Wonderful preparation.. To make it gluten free, you might have to use gluten free bread or some alternate binding agent ..👍

  9. Ritu, can you use canned chick peas? I love falafel, but have never made it.

  10. What a great dish, Ritu! The photo is really mouthwatering! :-)

  11. mouthwatering!! wish I could grab one right now - feeling so hungry looking at the delicious capture

  12. Ritu, this is a killer! Love this idea of adding Chaat Massla to Falfel because sometimes, all you need is a little bit of spice! :-)

  13. Ritu I wish I could taste these yummy Falafel.

  14. Heavenly and would love to make. Wonder if I can use chickpea flour instead of the beans.

  15. I love falafel- they are my oldest son's favorite! These look so full of flavor, and nice and crunchy on the outside. Lovely! :)

  16. Yummy as they look...inviting falfels

  17. Very well explained recipe coupled with good snapshot... :)


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