Desi Falafel

Falafel is a famous Middle Eastern food. This recipe is a little different from the traditional one and has the Indian touch. It’s prepared with boiled chickpeas and a couple of spices. It’s quite easy to make and is yummy in taste.

Course: Snacks or Starters

Cuisine: Indian or Middle Eastern

Time: Preparation – 10 mins, Cooking – 15 mins, Total – 25 mins

Servings: 4-5


  1. Chickpeas (chole or white chana) – 1 cup (soaked for 7-8 or overnight and boiled)
  2. Onion – 1/3 cup (finely chopped)
  3. Coriander Leaves – 2 tbsp (finely chopped)
  4. Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp
  5. Garlic – 1 tbsp (grated)
  6. Corn Flour – 2 tbsp
  7. Black Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  8. Red Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  9. Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  10. Oil – for deep frying
  11. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML

How to make Desi Falafel:

  1. Take a mixing bowl. Add boiled chickpeas and mash them nicely
  2. Add corn flour and spices – black pepper powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder and salt. Mix well
  3. Add onions, coriander leaves, garlic and lemon juice. Mix well
  4. Make small-sized patties
  5. Heat oil in a pan or kadai. Deep fry the patties from both the sides till crisp
  6. Drain on a kitchen paper towel
  7. Your Desi Falafel is ready. Serve hot with chutney.

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