Just in case you hadn’t realized it by now, I am a sucker for chickpeas and could basically live of them. Hummus and Falafel are two of my favourite eats in the whole world. Okay, right after chocolate. I love the smooth and rich texture of chickpeas and they are a regular in any salad I make. To mix things up a little, especially during the times when we eat a lot of salads for dinner at home, I like to add Falafel to it rather than just plain chickpeas.

Falafel are super easy to make, even though you might not think that. Essentially you just make a paste out of Chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley and a few spices, shape the mixture into ball and fry them. If you have a deep fryer, you for sure can just throw them in there, otherwise just fry them in a pan with some oil.

It can be a little tricky to fry them without falling apart, so it is important that you take enough time shaping the balls. If they are sticking together well, you won’t have any problems frying them. But hey, even if one or two fall apart, they will still taste amazing!

You won’t need any fancy equipment, just a food processor to mix the paste. The ingredients are very easy to get as well. You can also buy some falafel spices in some oriental markets or special delis. If you come across that, it is a nice addition but it is not absolutely necessary.

Give  it a try and let me know how it went or send me a picture of the results, I always love to hear back from your experiences!

Falafel Recipe - Out in Vancouver - Foodblog
Falafel
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This simple recipe will tell you how to make delicious and perfect Falafel at home. Enjoy them in a wrap, on a salad or just on their own. It is super easy and quick, you don't need any special equipment, just a food processor and a few ingredients, some time and some courage!
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Falafel Recipe - Out in Vancouver - Foodblog
Falafel
Print Recipe
This simple recipe will tell you how to make delicious and perfect Falafel at home. Enjoy them in a wrap, on a salad or just on their own. It is super easy and quick, you don't need any special equipment, just a food processor and a few ingredients, some time and some courage!
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain the chickpeas, then evenly distribute them on kitchen paper and pat them completely dry. Tip them into a food processor.
  2. Add the finely chopped onion, the garlic and the parsley, along with the spices, flour and a pinch of salt. Then blend everything together until it is fairly smoothly.
  3. Now, shape the mixture into little balls and put them on a copping board or other flat surface. You can make the balls bigger or smaller, depending on your preference. I like mine smaller and find it is easier to cook them but it is completely up to you.
    Falafel Recipe - Out in Vancouver - Foodblog
  4. Once you have formed all the balls, heat up the sunflower oil in a skillet.
  5. Once the oil is hot, add the balls and fry them for about 3-4 minutes, until golden brown on the outside. You can turn them but will have to be very careful, so they don't fall apart. If they start sticking to the pan, you might need to add a little bit more oil.
    Falafel Recipe - Out in Vancouver - Foodblog
  6. Put the fried balls onto some kitchen paper, this will drain off some extra oil and let them cool down a little before serving.
  7. Enjoy with a salad, in a wrap or just by itself as a snack!

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Hannah Breucker
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Hey, I'm Hannah Breucker from Munich, Germany but made Vancouver my new home and this food blog my new project! I love food and so I'm always on the hunt for new restaurants in Vancouver. But I also enjoy baking and cooking for my better half or friends. I am constantly trying out new recipes or improving old recipes, so if you love food as much as I do, come and join me on my food adventures!