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Traditional Falafal

If you walk down any street in Saudi you will most likely find a shop selling Falafal. While living in the states many years ago, we always made falafal, then when we moved to Saudi we just ran to the corner store and bought some. It was sold in a sandwich or plain, piled high in a little paper bag! Yumm hot and fresh. In recent months the kids have been asking about making Falafal and so I went back to my old recipe and tried it. We made it several times to make sure it was just right and now Falafal is a must have around our household.  I have taken to baking most things these days but I still fry Falafal for the kids. I have also made this new recipe and placed it in the oven for baking, so both are listed.

* This recipe does need planning so it isn’t something you can make in an hour or two!


3 cups dry garbanzo beans

2-3 bunches parsley, depending on size of bunch

1 small onion

6 garlic cloves

2  tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

dash Cayenne pepper

1 Tbs. baking powder

2  tsp. salt–estimate

4 Tbs. flour


Place garbanzo beans in a bowl and cover with plenty of cold water, soak for 8-12 hours. When they have finished soaking, drain the water and rinse the beans well, drain the water again.  Wash and chop fresh parsley into big chunks. Chop onion and prepare garlic.

I use my grinder attachment to my mixer. Put the garbanzo beans, parsley, onions and garlic through the grinder twice. Mix with a spoon and add spices, baking powder and flour. Mix spices in very well and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Deep frying

Heat oil in a pan as you would for deep frying other foods such as potatoes. There is a special little kitchen implement that is used for forming falafal but you can just roll it into a ball and flatten slightly if desired.  Fry Falafal until brown and cooked. Do not overheat oil so that the Falafal is too brown and not cooked. Remove from oil to plate lined with napkins or whatever you would use when frying potatoes.


Little tool for forming Falafal. The flat bottom piece is for smoothing it out and packing it down.


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread a light coating of olive oil on baking tray. Place your formed Falafal onto tray, brush lightly with olive oil. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes on each side, turning once. Oven temperatures vary so keep an eye on them and the cooking time.

Falafal is usually served in a sandwich with pickles and french fries. It also has a lovely yogurt tahini sauce.

Yogurt sauce

1 cup plain yogurt

4 Tbs. Tahini

1/2 tsp. salt

1 Tb. lemon juice

2 cloves garlic

Place ingredients for sauce in blender and mix until smooth.

When we make our sandwiches we microwave the bread for a few seconds so it is more flexible. Spread a spoon of yogurt sauce on bread, add a few fries and pickle slices,  break pieces of cooled falafal up and onto bread. Roll bread up and enjoy!




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  1. Hey Lynn, Thanks for your follows – I was visiting your blog and see how much I’ve missed out on. But I also wanted to say congratulations on being so popular. You certainly are good at keeping up with everyone. I seem to recall seeing mention of you doing some part time work. Have you started. I’ll be amazed if you can manage both:-) Hope 2016 is treating you well so far. Best. Chevvy

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    January 17, 2016
  2. I LOVE flalafel Lynz. I must say with french fries is a new one to me but that’s kids right? I’ve never seen the tools and usually just make mine into balls and bake them. Love your recipe Lynz!

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    January 17, 2016
  3. I love a good home-made falafel any day & yours look extremely delicious! 🙂 MMMMM!

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    January 17, 2016
  4. This looks so authentic Lynz… thanks for sharing such wonderful recipe…

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    January 17, 2016
  5. Woo-Hoo Lynn you won second place prize at Krystina go to my site or to! Congrats my dear friend. xoxoxoxo

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    January 17, 2016
  6. Yum

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    January 17, 2016
  7. I have been wanting falafels for about two months now – just lazy to move and get some. I think I will try this. Looks yummy 🙂

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    January 17, 2016
  8. OMG my fav!!


    January 17, 2016
  9. Hi Lynn, I am so pleased you have shared this recipe. I adore falafal and now I can make it myself, from scratch. I definitely will try the baking method, as you know me and frying !!! I am super excited now, and I must say it really looks yummy with the yoghurt sauce. xxx

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    January 18, 2016
  10. They look tasty! Adding the ingredients to my grocery list!

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    January 18, 2016
  11. Thanks Lynn! I’ve been looking for a good falafel recipe! And I trust you completely! I don’t have the tool 😦 my hands will have to do!

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    January 18, 2016
  12. What a photo! Love this! xxxx

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    January 18, 2016
  13. This looks amazing Lynz!

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    January 18, 2016
  14. I swear, fries pretty much goes with anything!!

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    January 18, 2016
  15. Have always wanted to make this, so thanks for posting the recipe. Would it be OK to use canned garbanzos instead?
    Such a cute photo of your son!

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    January 18, 2016
    • I know there are recipes that use cans but I have never done it. So I can’t advise you hahaha!

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      January 18, 2016
      • LOL! I’ll do it the hard way. 🙂

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        January 18, 2016
        • hahaha sorry dear! I honestly do not know, but know this is the traditional way and I think the beans give it a better taste and stick together better. I avoided making it for the past few years until my daughter kept asking! It doesn’t seem as bad as I remember hahaha!

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          January 18, 2016
  16. I am dying to have an oven… hehehe wonderful blog maam!! 🙂

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    January 18, 2016
  17. I love falafal Lynn! I can’t wait to try this! Your falafal looks perfect 🙂

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    January 19, 2016
  18. So excited to make this!

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    January 25, 2016
  19. I don’t have a grinder… do you think a blender would work? Or a potato masher?

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    February 4, 2016
  20. Hey Lynn. I just had to tell you that I tried your recipe tonight. Have I told you that my hubby pretends to be picky? But he opened his mouth and closed his eyes, just like a good guinea pig. He even went for seconds! We just ate them like chips, with a little bit of dip. Thanks for the recipe!

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    February 28, 2016

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