falafel in a bowl


Middle Eastern deep fried balls made of chickpeas served with flatbread, mixed salad and hummus.

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Cooking Time: 35 Mins

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Serves: 4

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Author: Paul Brighton


  1. 500g raw chickpeas soaked overnight and drained
  2. 1/2 small onion, roughly chopped
  3. Small bunch of chopped fresh parsley
  4. 3 cloves of garlic
  5. 1 tbsp flour
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1 tsp cumin
  8. 1/4 tsp black pepper
  9. 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  10. Vegetable oil for frying

To serve:

  1. Lemon wedges
  2. 150g mixed leaf salad
  3. Flatbread or pitta
  4. Hummus


  1. Add all the ingredients apart from oil to a food processor and process until you end up with a slightly stiff paste, just thick enough to roll into balls. Empty into a bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Remove from fridge and roll into equal sized balls, it should make around 15-20 falafels.
  3. Heat about 3 cm of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, add the balls to the pan and keep turning for about 10 minutes until browned on all sides. Remove from pan and drain off any excess oil.
  4. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the falafels and serve with flat bread, a mixed salad and hummus.