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Jean's falafel recipe

Jean's falafel recipe

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This is a tasty vegan falafel that contains no eggs. Serve on pitta with tzatziki or tahini sauce with lettuce and tomato.

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IngredientsServes: 6

  • 1 1/2 (400g) tins chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • small handful chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 dessertspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 100g (4 oz) dried breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 225ml (8 fl oz) vegetable oil for frying

MethodPrep:25min ›Cook:7min ›Ready in:32min

  1. Mash the chickpeas in a large bowl. Stir in the onion, garlic, coriander, parsley, cumin, turmeric, baking powder, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Do not be afraid to use your hands. Shape the mixture into balls; you should get 18 to 24. If the mixture does not hold together, add a little water.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep fryer to 190 C. Carefully drop the balls into the hot oil, and fry until brown. If you do not have a deep fryer, heat the oil in a heavy, deep frying pan over medium high heat. You may need to adjust the heat slightly after the first couple of falafels, and be sure to turn frequently so they brown evenly.

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very good. tried deep frying but my falafel disintegrated.. shallow pan frying worked best.-10 Mar 2012

Used different ingredients.Added an egg-22 Feb 2010

@Fionabent-and how did the egg help? was it good or not? Not enought information, we do not know what you are trying to say!!Anyway, I want to try this and it seems straightforward, can't wait to make and eat!-04 Jul 2011

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By Jean Choi | May 20, 2021


I’m Jean and I’m a Nutritional Therapist (NTP) living in Southern California with my husband and 2 dog babies. On WGGA, you’ll find simple and easy gluten-, dairy-, and processed sugar-free recipes that focus on quality nutrients, and of course, never sacrifice on taste. I believe that the food you love should love you back, making you feel amazing inside and out. I apologize in advance for my inappropriate jokes and misunderstood sarcasm! More About Jean

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Easy Peasy Falafel

Cooking time - 35 mins Serves - 4 Difficulty - not too tricky


  • 400g drained Chickpeas
  • 1 chopped onion
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 ½tsp salt
  • ¼tsp chilli powder
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 flour
  • 2 cups oil


  • In a bowl mix the chickpeas, onion, parsley, coriander, the garlic cloves, salt, chilli powder, cumin, baking powder.
  • Once mixed into a puree add the flour and mix again.
  • Start making your falafel balls.
  • In a suitable cookware heat the oil and once boiling add your falafel balls. When one side is golden turn them to the other side.
  • Fry for a few minutes and serve!

Jean Patrique Tools Used


  • 400g drained Chickpeas
  • 1 chopped onion
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 ½tsp salt
  • ¼tsp chilli powder
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 flour
  • 2 cups oil


  • In a bowl mix the chickpeas, onion, parsley, coriander, the garlic cloves, salt, chilli powder, cumin, baking powder.
  • Once mixed into a puree add the flour and mix again.
  • Start making your falafel balls.
  • In a suitable cookware heat the oil and once boiling add your falafel balls. When one side is golden turn them to the other side.
  • Fry for a few minutes and serve!

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