Serves: 4 (makes 12 falafels)
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

 A middle eastern kavaabu of sorts, Falafels are a delicious way to enjoy chickpeas. The mixture is flavored with lots of delicious herbs and spices. The falafel mixture can be made into bigger patties, if you feel like eating a veggie burger. Eat them in a wrap or a burger with your favorite fillings, or simply as they are, dipped into a sauce.


  • 400g can of chickpeas, drained, rinsed and pat dried
  • 1 small onion (about 40g), finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup parsley
  • ½ cup coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander seeds
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp chilli powder (optional)
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 2 ½ tbsp. flour
  • salt to season
  • vegetable oil, to fry


  • Place the chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, coriander, cumin, coriander seeds, cinnamon, chilli powder, baking powder, flour and salt in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is blended but not completely smooth.
  • Scoop the falafel using a tablespoon and roll into a ball and flatten slightly.
  • Heat about 3 inch- deep vegetable oil in a saucepan. Fry the falafel for about 1 and half minutes, or until golden brown. You can serve the falafels warm or chilled.


Words & Photos by Thooha Adley