Falafel – A 30 minute middle eastern favorite ..

The quaint little Iranian cafe in Bur Dubai brings about some very fond memories from my childhood. The mouthwatering falafels, samosas and falafel sandwiches were the best I have ever had, after having sampled the same dishes from quite a few places. To the owner/chef of the Persian cafeteria, if you ever happen to read this, I have tried to recreate this dish as a tribute to the tastiest falafel I have ever tried. Fafalel is a very popular middle eastern appetiser made with ground chick peas along with other spices.


Garbanzo beans/ Chickpeas (dried)- 1 &1/2 cup

Garlic- 8-10 cloves
Red onion- 1 large
Green onions- 1 bunch, chopped
Pepper- a dash
Flour- 2 tbsp
Baking soda- 1 tsp
Red chilli powder- 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 2 tsp
Salt- to taste



  1. Soak the garbanzo beans in water overnight and grind the chickpeas, garlic and onion in a food processor to form a coarse, grainy texture mix.
  2. To this add the rest of the ingredients except the baking soda and mix it well.
  3. When you are ready to fry the falafel, sprinkle the baking soda over the mixture and just mix it in.
  4. Let the mix rest for 10 mins and make 1-inch discs with the same. Heat oil in a frying pan and deep fry until golden brown.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Never use tinned chickpeas for this recipe. The tinned ones would be too mushy and would break apart while frying.
  • You could reduce the amount of parsley in this recipe. A lot of people do not like the strong aftertaste of parsley (including me).
  • Be careful with the amount of baking soda because if you add too much it could result in a metallic taste and also the falafels would brown too quickly while frying.

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