Falafel – Lebanese Snack Recipe

Falafel is an lebanese savory ball which is similar to vadas in indian cuisine. This could be served as an evening snack with a dip or crushed and served with veggies in a salad or could be wrapped in a pita or tortilla. The basic and ground ingredient would be the kabuli chana. Kabuli chana is rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, rich in folate, magnesium and iron.

A mineral and antioxidant called molybdenum is found in kabuli chana in abundance. It also contains phytochemicals called  saponins which is very essential for women’s health as it prevents breast cancer, helps in osteoporosis and reduces the hot flushes during post-menopause stage. It is a good source of serotonin , a derivative from an amino acid, which helps in regulating mood fluctuations and sleep disorders.

Now, Let Us Learn How To Make Falafel!!!

Falafel - Lebanese Snack Recipe

Preparation Time – Overnight
Cooking Time – 30 Minutes
Serves -4


Dried Kabuli chana – 1 cup
Onion – 1 medium sized, finely chopped
Garlic – 3-4 cloves, finely chopped
Green chillies – 1, finely chopped
Finely chopped parsley – 3tsp
Maida – 2 tsp
Oil – Required amount for frying
Masala Powders – This is as per your taste.
Red chilli powder
Cumin powder
Coriander powder
Black pepper powder


Step 1:

Soak the dried kabuli chana overnight and drain the water from the soaked chana and place the drained chana in another bowl.

Step 2:

Put the soaked chana in a mixer grinder and make it into a coarse mixture. If you feel the mixture is slightly powdery and it will not make a ball, add 3 tbsp of water and grind again. Check if you are able to make a ball with your hand and that is the correct consistency.

Step 3:

Put the mixture in a bowl and add finely chopped onion, green chillies and parsley and mix well.

Step 4:

Add the required amount of salt and mix it well. Add the masala powders as per your taste and mix it again well. At this stage, check if the dough is good enough to make it into almost smooth balls. If not, add 2 tsp of maida and mix it to get a better dough.

Step 5: 

Heat oil in a pan good enough for frying and let it get hot. After it has become very hot, take the dough and make it as medium sized balls and put it in oil for frying. Let it become golden brown. Take it out and it is ready to serve!

Serve it with mayonnaise, or some good bland dip of your choice!!! Yeah, you have made a middle-east recipe now!!


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