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Falaffel also known as (Fallafel, Falafel and in Egypt and Sudan as ta'meya, Arabic طعمية), is a fried ball or patty made from spiced fava beans and/or chickpeas. It is a popular form of fast food in the Middle East, where it is also served as a mezze.

Falaffel Ingredients:
  • 1 kg green dried fava beans, peeled or chick peas
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh coriander, chopped (cilantro)
  • 3 heads garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 3 large onions, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground red chili pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour or gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
For Deep Frying
  • vegetable oil
  • Soak beans in water for 24 hours, then drain well. Peel the fava beans.

  • Mix together the peeled fava beans or chick peas, chopped parsley, coriander/cilantro, crushed garlic and chopped onions.

  • Grind in a food processor.
  • Add all remaining falaffel ingredients and process again.

  • Allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Knead the falaffel mix.
  • Form spoonfuls of the falaffel mixture into balls and flatten slightly.

  • Heat oil in deep pan over high heat, then fry till browned.

More Falaffel Recipes

Falaffel can be prepared in a variety of ways even in the middle east. The spices are important and should be personalized to taste.
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