Crispy Falafel Recipe

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Aubrey Modified: September 16, 2021
Crispy Falafel Recipe

How To Make Crispy Falafel

Serve a crispy and tasty appetizer with this falafel, made with soaked chickpeas, fresh parsley, cilantro, and spices, baked until deeply golden.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Soak Time: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 50 minutes



  • ¼cupextra-virgin olive oil,plus 1 tbsp
  • 1cupchickpeas,uncooked, dried, rinsed, picked over and soaked for at least 4 hours to 24 hours in the refrigerator
  • ½cupred onion,(about ½ small red onion), roughly chopped
  • ½cupfresh parsley,mostly leaves but small stems are ok
  • ½cupfresh cilantro,mostly leaves but small stems are ok
  • 4cloves garlic,quartered
  • 1tspfine sea salt
  • ½tspfreshly ground black pepper,(about 25 twists)
  • ½tspground cumin
  • ¼tspground cinnamon


  1. With an oven rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Pour ¼ cup of the olive oil into a large, rimmed baking sheet and turn until the pan is evenly coated.

  2. In a food processor, combine the soaked and drained chickpeas, onion, parsley, cilantro, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, cinnamon, and the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Process for about 1 minute until smooth.

  3. Using hands, scoop out about 2 tablespoons of the mixture at a time. Shape the falafel into small patties, about 2 inches wide and ½ inch thick. Place each falafel on the oiled pan.

  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, carefully flipping the falafels halfway through baking, until the falafels are deeply golden on both sides. These falafels keep well in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for several months.


  • Calories: 108.69kcal
  • Fat: 5.56g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.73g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3.54g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.94g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.77g
  • Fiber: 2.33g
  • Sugar: 2.11g
  • Protein: 3.66g
  • Sodium: 74.97mg
  • Calcium: 18.61mg
  • Potassium: 153.86mg
  • Iron: 1.01mg
  • Vitamin A: 13.36µg
  • Vitamin C: 4.99mg
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