Friday, August 19, 2011

Falafel (Arabian Snack) فلافل

Falafel (Arabian Snack)

Falafel is an Arabian snack , popular around the Middle East from Saudi Arbia to Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and UAE.  It is very tasty and crunchy snack. Try this recipe at Iftar during this Ramadan and enjoy.

Falfel ball before frying

Falafel prepared mixture


  • Chickpea (Kabuli Channa)  1 glass (250 g)
  • Onion medium size finely chopped 1
  • Garlic Cloves, finely chopped 4
  • Fresh Coriander leaves, chopped 1/4 cup
  • Fresh Mint Leaves (Or Parsley leaves)  , chopped 1/4 cup
  • Red Chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Baking soda 1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt 3/4 teaspoon
  • Black pepper 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sesame seed 2 teaspoon
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Clean and soak chickpea in enough water with 1 teaspoon of added baking soda for 6-8 hours.
  • Wash and drain chickpeas, then grind/crush in an electric grinder or on sil batta (Grinding stone). Add 1/8-1/4 cup water during grinding/crushing if needed.
  • Add spices , onion, garlic, Fresh coriander and mint and mix well.
  • Make wall nut size ball from this mixture and deep fry in oil on medium flame till tender/crunchy and golden in colour.
  • Delicious Falfel are ready. Serve with Tahini Sauce and Khubz/Pita bread..
  • Note: 2 teaspoon wheat flour or two bread slice pieces can be added to avoid