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how to make falafel

Falafel (Chickpea Patties with Sesame, Cilantro and Parsley) - Egypt

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 8
Calories 254 kcal


  • 1 pound dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion cut into quarters
  • 1 leek, cut into small chunks
  • 1 bunch parsley, stems removed
  • 1 bunch cilantro, stems removed
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp dry coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper, 1 teaspoon of each
  • 1/4 cup Sesame seeds 
  • Extra virgin olive oil for frying


  • Rinse and drain soaked chickpeas.
  • Make sure all ingredients are dry before you put them in the food processor. Add garlic, onion, leek, parsley and cilantro to a food processor. Pulse until onion and garlic are pulverized.
  • Add chickpeas, baking soda, coriander powder, cumin, salt and pepper to the food processor. Process until mixture is well blended, but careful not to over blend.
  • Refrigerate mixture for at least a half an hour (an hour tops)
  • Form mixture into small, flat patties. Roll in sesame seeds. Add extra virgin olive oil to a skillet or cast iron pan (enough oil so there is a half an inch in the pan). Heat the oil on medium heat.
  • Fry patties until they are brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately!


Calories: 254kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 13gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 433mgPotassium: 622mgFiber: 11gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 894IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 135mgIron: 5mg
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