Easy Falafel Recipe made with just 7 ingredients without deep frying! Using canned chickpeas to save time and can be prepared in the oven, on the stove or an air fryer. Naturally vegan, gluten free and packed with protein.
Friends! Say hello to the easiest and healthiest falafel recipe (ever!!).
If you’ve never tried a falafel before, you’re in for a treat. Falafel is a Middle Eastern dish made from chickpeas that is typically deep fried and served in wraps and salads with tahini sauce or hummus. It’s crispy on the outside with a light and tender flavourful inside.
When I was in university there was a Middle Eastern fast food joint near my house so I ate falafel A LOT. By my third year, I thought I’d try to save some money and make a healthier version that doesn’t require any deep frying.
Needless to say, I made this falafel recipe a lot because of its versatility and minimal ingredients, and thought I would finally share it here on the blog!
Ingredients for this Easy Falafel Recipe
Traditionally, falafel is made from dried chickpeas. You’d probably have to go out to get it.. and on top of that you’d have wait for the beans soak overnight.
But I promised you a easy and quick falafel recipe, so we’re using canned chickpeas. Check your cupboard- found a can of chickpeas? You’re already over half way there!
These falafels are flavoured with just a handful of simple ingredients: cilantro (or parsley OR BOTH), tahini, garlic, lemon, cumin and salt. Jalapeño or red pepper flakes if you’re feelin’ spicy.
And lastly, a tiny bit of chickpea or gluten free flour just to ensure they hold together. I’m pretty sure you have some kind of flour in your pantry but I’ve made these without flour and they’re just as tasty (slightly more crumbly).
How to Make Falafel (The EASIEST Way)
Add all the ingredients into a food processor until combined. Roll them into balls or patties and they’re ready to be cooked.
I prefer the shape of patties because they’re easier to work with and get cooked more evenly.
- BAKED/OVEN METHOD: Bake at 350 F for 18-20 minutes flipping them half way.
- AIR FRYER METHOD: Air fry at 375 F for 14-16 minutes, shaking the basket or flipping them half way.
- PAN FRY/STOVE TOP METHOD: Fry them on a oiled skillet over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side.
My favourite way to make falafel is the air fryer method. It yields the most crispiest and golden exterior while keeping it super moist on the inside without any oil!
How to Serve this Falafel Recipe
Falafel is one of those foods that you can pair for just about anything. They’re high in protein so they help bulk up meals and makes them more satisfying!
Here are some ways to enjoy falafel:
- on top of buddha bowls
- break them up into salads
- put them into sandwiches/wraps
- in pasta dishes
- eat them on their own with a fire dipping sauce
How to Store Falafel
They’re best eaten fresh but will keep in the fridge in an air tight container for 4-5 days. They can also be frozen for up to 1 month.
To reheat just let them thaw for a few minutes and then pop them into a toaster oven/air fryer for 5 minutes until heated through. You can do this in the oven again as well, but it does take much longer (pre-heating time + 8-10 minutes).
I hope you guys love this easy falafel recipe as much as I do! They’re crispy, flavourful, filling and good on EVERYTHING.
And since falafel are naturally vegan, gluten free and nut free anyone can enjoy them so you can (should) share them with your friends and family!!
Cheers to a falafel-filled weekend! 🎉
Love Chickpeas? Check Out These Recipes:
- Vegan Thai Coconut Curry (With Chickpea Sauce)
- Home Style ‘Chicken’ Salad
- Vegan Bombay Potatoes
- Sheet Pan Turmeric Tahini Bowls
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