This Truly Authentic Falafel Recipe Has a Secret

Falafel is a cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet and if you’ve ever a had truly authentic falafel recipe, you’ll know why. That crisp, delicious shell encapsulating a warm, tender and green fluffy center is something from the heavens. My problem has always been that it’s hard to find it made to perfection in a restaurant. So often it’s served to the table dried out – maybe even brown on the inside. What a disappointment!

Well, I’d had enough falafel disappointment in my life – so I began my journey to finding perfection. Along the way I discovered an unexpected tool to add to my kitchen aresenal that put my falafel recipe over the top. Today, I’ll share that secret with you!

What is falafel?

Falafel is a traditional middle eastern food, traditionally made from chickpeas (garbanzo beans), fava beans or both. Served with pita, it’s often topped with salad and drizzled in tahini-based sauces. Around the globe you’ll find it in both high end restaurants and at street food stands. It’s a favorite no matter where you are.

Chickpea nutrition

First, you might wonder if chickpeas are garbanzo beans? The answer is yes, and they are loaded with nutrients. The variation in name comes from the beans’ origin through latin (cicer) and the popular spanish naming (garbanzo). They are a terrific source of plant-based protein and fiber along with containing several vitamins and minerals. In addition chickpeas possess properties that can help to curb your appetite and keep your blood sugar under control. Wow!

You can find more detailed information on the nutritional benefits of garbanzo beans here on Healthline.

***Updated with new images 5/12/2017 , new video added 8/25/2020****

Making falafel at home

If you were to come to my house for dinner, chances are I would offer to make you an amazing falafel dinner. It’s one of my favorite meals to make! I would make homemade hummus with my own tahini, I would throw down a basket of gluten free naan, and we would slather it with tzatziki before loading it up with grilled veggies, and crispy falafel. We would eat our weight in falafel and probably want to take a nap afterwards…seriously, it happens.

Truly Authentic Falafel recipe || @thismessisours #glutenfree #vegan

The Incredible Secret to an Authentic Falafel Recipe

The secret to a great falafel recipe is not what you’d think. It’s not a secret spice, or even the way you cook it – although they are both super important! Ok, this is going to sound like a strange question, but do you have a meat grinder?

Up until a few months ago I really thought I had falafel nailed down! That was of course until I read that real deal authentic falafel is made in a meat grinder. WHAT?! Honestly, I couldn’t wrap my head around it. We cook vegetarian most of the time, so I tend to shy away from things like meat grinders, because seriously why would I ever buy one? Turns out after a lot of research that this $30 gadget is actually great for a lot of things other than making ground meat. Who knew?

You can grind soaked chickpeas, herbs, and spices for falafel, you can also makes salsa, grind hominy for tamales, and even make fruit purees. Since Christmas was around the corner I asked for one. I am pretty sure that Todd thought I had LOST my mind, but being the super supportive husband that he is he went along with my whim. I made falafel the first opportunity I had and all I can say is WHOA! It’s a whole new ballgame around here and my falafal making game is officially on point.

Do you need a meat grinder?

Now, I am not telling you that you have to have a meat grinder to make this falafel, but using one will make the texture unbelievably light and airy as opposed to being more dense and compact when you make falafel with a food processor.

It is a world of difference in texture, both are amazing in flavor, and either way your family and friends will rave about your amazing falafel to everyone they know. However, if you are a true falafal snob like my family tends to be, a meat grinder is the way to go. It’s a super small investment for a lifetime of amazing falafel.

Save some for later

Also – an added bonus that works no matter how you choose to make your falafel: This recipe makes a lot of falafel, but it freezes great! Form the falafal into balls or patties, freeze it on a sheet pan before transferring to a plastic zip bag for long term storage. The falafel can go straight into the hot oil from the freezer without a problem. Just add another minute or so to the cook time. Perfect golden falafel!

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Looking for a meaty main dish to turn your falafal fest into a full on feast? Check out our Rosemary Lamb Kofta recipe by clicking here. 

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Or for a fun new spin on serving falafel try our falafel tacos with perfectly pink tortillas and sorghum tabbouleh!!

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If you’ve tried our Authentic Falafel recipe I would be so grateful if you would rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below, I just love hearing from you and your reviews and comments really help others that visit This Mess is Ours! 


Authentic Falafel

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Don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think about this Authentic Falafel in the comments below, I just love hearing from you and your reviews/comments really help other people that visit This Mess is Ours! 

  • Author: This Mess Is Ours
  • Prep Time: 24 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


  • 2 cups dried chickpeas, NOT canned chickpeas, see note
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon whole coriander seed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup packed fresh parsley leaves
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt, plus more for seasoning after cooking
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • grape seed oil for frying


  1. Place chickpeas in a large bowl and fill with water to cover them to a depth of 3 inches. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave on counter for 24 hours. The chickpeas will triple in size and absorb quite a bit of the water so check a few times during soaking to see if you need to add more water.Once the beans have soaked for 24 hours, drain and rinse well.
  2. Place the cumin and coriander seeds in an 8-inch cast-iron skillet and set over medium high heat. Cook, shaking the pan frequently, until the seeds give off an aroma and just begin to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the toasted spices to a spice grinder and process until finely ground. Set aside.
  3. Place the drained chickpeas, ground spices, garlic, onion, cilantro, and parsley into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine then feed through the meat grinder in small batches until everything has been ground.
  4. Mix the lemon zest, cayenne, salt, and black pepper into the ground chickpeas then roll a small amount of the mixture into a walnut sized ball or a small patty with your hands. The mixture should hold together nicely and not fall apart.
  5. Continue rolling the rest of the batter into uniform size balls or patties so that they will cook in the same amount of time. I used a small ice cream scoop and had falafels that were about the size of golf balls. Place the uncooked falafel on a large plate or baking sheet until ready to cook.
  6. Pour oil in a Dutch oven or a large, high-sided skillet to a depth of 2-3 inches, enough to cover the falafel. Place a thermometer into the oil and heat over med-high heat until the temperature reaches 360° – 375° F.
  7. While the oil is heating place a flattened paper grocery bag onto a baking sheet and cover with a few clean paper towels. This will help to collect the oil as it drains off of your falafel.
  8. When the oil is to temp fry a test falafel. The oil should bubble up and sizzle all around it. The falafel itself should stay together in one piece and not break apart at all. It should take 2 – 3 minutes to fry to a beautiful golden brown. If your falafel is not completely submerged flip and cook the other side until it’s nice and browned all over. Remove the cooked falafel from the oil and drain on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with coarse salt while the falafel is still hot. Fry the remaining falafel in batches, being careful to not over crowd the pan and drop the temp of the oil.


Do not use canned chickpeas when making this falafel recipe – using canned chickpeas will result in a completely different texture than the dried chickpeas and the falafel patty will fall apart in the oil.

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  1. Kerry May 13, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Hi! This recipe is phenomenal. I used the meat grinder attachment for my KitchenAid mixer. It worked beautifully.

    I’m so happy that you toast the spices. The flavors of the spices develop so much more depth.

    The falafel are exactly as you said. Light, airy and crispy. Thanks for posting this.

    1. meg@thismessisours May 27, 2021 at 3:40 pm

      Oh my goodness Kerry, you made my day!! Thank you so much for letting me know how much you enjoyed them!

  2. Anika September 9, 2020 at 12:36 am

    Really so delicious recipe. it’s very simple and easy to make.

    1. thismess September 10, 2020 at 1:31 pm

      Yay Anika!! I am so glad you enjoyed it!

  3. MarkF August 1, 2020 at 6:06 am

    Don’t know what I did wrong, but this was the first total cooking disaster I’ve had in 10+ years. The hummus and tabbouleh recipes came out great (thanks for those), but the falaffel dissolved within a minute or two of putting them in the oil, with no crust forming at all. I followed the recipe verbatim…used dried chickpeas, put them through a meat grinder, kept the temperature of the oil exactly where it needed to be etc, all to no avail. I eventually tried putting them in the oven, in the misguided hope that our family would at least have something to eat, but the result was inedible.

    I hate defeat in the kitchen, and I will come back to this, but I think I need to do some more research first.

    1. thismess August 3, 2020 at 10:00 am

      I am so sorry you had an issue with the recipe Mark! I know how frustrating a kitchen fail can be – trust me! Honestly, if you followed the recipe and the temperature of the oil was at the right spot I’m not sure what the issue would be. I have 2 separate videos in the blog post that document the process of making falafel from start to finish that are helpful to watch. That being said, I am so sorry you invested your time and effort and it didn’t work out, I am really glad that you like the other recipes that you tried, and I hope you give the falafel another go some time. It really is worth the effort and I personally love when I turn a kitchen fail into a kitchen victory!

    2. Anonymous April 20, 2021 at 11:55 am

      Try using more lemon juice and squeeze tightly

  4. Candance May 22, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Wow! Simply wonderful! Made these tonight and my family devoured them. Will be making again for sure! Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. thismess May 25, 2020 at 7:06 am

      I am so glad you enjoyed them! Making homemade falafel is so gratifying!

  5. Monica M May 13, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Tasted great but most fell apart. Try one at a time to make sure you don’t need more flour or binding agent

    1. thismess May 18, 2020 at 12:29 pm

      I am so glad you liked the flavor, but hate that they fell apart! Was the oil deep enough in the pot to cover the entire falafel? I don’t add any flour or binder, so in my experience if the falafel falls apart it’s either because the raw falafel balls were too wet, which can happen if the chickpeas weren’t drained super well after soaking, in which case when I’m forming the falafel balls I give them a little squeeze to extract some of the liquid or if the oil is too low in the pan and it isn’t submerged. Hopefully, this helps!

  6. Barbara February 20, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Hey! Im from Chile! I loved your blog, this is my first time and it was delicious. Thank you so much!
    I just had a problem with the tzatziki sauce, I couldn’t open the link. If you can, can you share it? please? thank you!!

    1. thismess February 27, 2020 at 9:23 am

      Hi!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and I am SO glad you like the falafel! I have updated the link to my tzatziki sauce, so sorry it didn’t work before. Keep me posted on what you are cooking in your kitchen!

  7. Andrew Terry January 10, 2020 at 2:06 am

    Hi, I have been trying to make the perfect vegan felafel for thirty years! I have always used a small food processor previously, and always ended up with a mixture that was too wet. Most of the time I ended up adding gram flour to soak up some of the mousture. The balls would just about stay together in the fryer but always resulted in felafels of uneven texture and often insufficiently cooked in the centre.

    Well, after reading your revelation about the tradition of using a m*t-grinder instead of a food processor, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase an inexpensive small grinder to experiment with. Lo and behold – near perfection on the first attempt! The felafels hung together nicely and fried evenly. Even the inside was better cooked than previously (although I always think the inside is a little undercooked as it seems almost ‘raw’)!

    So, I am indebted to you for solving a thirty-year-old personal conundrum! Cheers, Andy from the UK!

    1. thismess January 12, 2020 at 12:53 pm

      Well, Andy from the UK you just made my day!!!! I am so happy that you now have near perfect falafels to enjoy, that just makes my heart sing!!

    2. Joli May 16, 2020 at 12:55 pm

      The Greek restaurant (owned by Greeks, chef is Greek) I go to puts carrots in their Falafel. They say their recipe is authentic. So, I was looking for a recipe like theirs when I ran across yours and no carrots. But so so good. I’m a vegetarian so I also would like a recipe for falafel with carrots in them too. So do you have the authentic recipe that also uses carrots in falafel along with everything else in your recipe? Also I have tried baked and deep fried. Baked everyone that did taste test for me said throw them away. They are right Falafel ate so much better deep fried. So carrot and chickpea Falafel recipe if you have. Thank you

      1. thismess May 18, 2020 at 12:26 pm

        Hi Joli!
        You can add all sorts of ingredients to the falafel mix. I would just add a cup of shredded carrots to the mix of whole chickpeas, chopped onions, and toasted spices then when you run all of the ingredients through a food processor or meat grinder it will be incorporated in to the batter. I only fry falafel – once you have fried it is very hard to go back to baked falafel!

  8. Vic Sain December 26, 2019 at 3:49 am

    I love falafel and the way presented it, definitely gonna try this out.

    1. thismess January 8, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      Awesome! I hope you love them!

  9. Mike Power December 22, 2019 at 6:03 am

    This is the second recipe I have tried for falafel and it turned out great. The first attempt I made I used a different recipe, used canned instead of dry peas, used a blender and over blended it and ended up with a soup that did not even make a decent pancake! It also had baking powder and flour in it!

    For your recipe and learning from my last mistake, although I did not have a meat grinder, I get the gist and so used my mortar and pestle to painstakingly “process” my mash. I finely chopped the onion and garlic first and put these along with the whole toasted cumin and coriander seeds in the mortar first. I processed them and transferred these to a bowl and then did the chickpeas in 4 batches and transferred to same bowl. I then finely chopped the herbs (and I added mint) and then added them to the bowl. I then mixed the chopped herbs and formerly processed herbs, added in the lemon zest, cayenne, black pepper and salt. At this stage it was not quite right to hold together in a ball so I then did 4 more batches of mortar and pestle processing of the final mix. I let it rest in the fridge overnight. I thought this would help the chickpeas bind the mixture further (and it did) by resting overnight.

    Finally, aside from the addition of mint, the only other change i made was that I made small cakes instead of balls from the mix, about 1.5″ diameter x 3/8″ thick, and cooked them in a small non stick frying pan without any oil in small batches, carefully turning them so the did not break, several times, until they were golden brown and crispy (yes these were crispy without any oil!). I served them on a plate with some tehina as a dip. PS this is the one I used: Yehuda Matzo Tehina (from Israel).

    These were the best falafel I have ever had let alone made myself! Thanks for your awesome recipe!


    1. thismess January 8, 2020 at 1:50 pm

      Wow Mike!! You really did put in some work for those falafel and I am so happy you loved them and that the hard work was worth it!

  10. Laura P December 3, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    This are the best falafel I’ve every try! So crispy and with so much flavour 😍
    I was wondering if I could baje them and how instead for deep frying them …

    1. thismess December 4, 2019 at 11:15 am

      I am SO glad that you love them!!! I have tried and tried to bake them but have never had good results, there are some suggestions in the comments here from other people documenting their efforts baking them that may be of interest to you. I have come to the conclusion that falafel is just better fried! haha!

  11. Fuji Sushi December 2, 2019 at 1:32 am

    This is also a very good post which I really enjoyed reading.

  12. Kerry B. Marino October 11, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Actually, I may love them more. These rival the ones we get at Assad Bakery on Lorain Rd. The crew there is middle eastern, so they know their stuff. I will be going there a little less now. Sorry Assad, but I’ll be back for the fava beans.

    Please keep posting your recipes, THEY WORK WHEN THE DIRECTIONS ARE FOLLOWED.

    1. thismess October 13, 2019 at 8:24 pm

      Awww thank you for that Kerry!! Your comments mean so much to me – I created these when we lived in a town with zero options for takeout. We craved falafel, so these were born!!

  13. Kerry B. Marino October 10, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    I have made these, following the recipe exactly, for the last 2 nights. Super easy and great tasting. I’m so glad that I now have another use for my KitchenAid mixer.

    If you follow the recipe, these will come out perfectly. I chopped up the parsley and cilantro fairly finely before adding it to the chickpeas. That was the most time consuming part of the prep. It took all of 5 minutes.

    1. thismess October 10, 2019 at 9:06 pm

      How wonderful Kerry! I am so glad you love them as much as we do!

      1. Kerry B. Marino October 10, 2019 at 10:21 pm

        If I could eat them every day, I would. Right now, without working kidneys, I have to watch the amount of phosphorus in my diet. Sadly, chickpeas are a higher phosphorus food. So, what other middle eastern recipes do you have?

  14. Karen Cline September 4, 2019 at 4:02 am

    Thank you for doing this. Your work is so lovely and it’s really kind of you to share.

    1. thismess October 13, 2019 at 8:33 pm

      You are so sweet for saying that! Thank you so much!

  15. Anna July 21, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Tried it fabulous recipe thank so much for sharing it

  16. Sharon Gore July 4, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Wow. Inspired. Can’t wait to make this!

  17. Helena Orstem June 26, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Hi, I just bought a meat grinder and happened to be searching for a great falafel recipe!


    1. thismess June 28, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      Hooray!! i am so glad you found my recipe – i know you are going to love it!

  18. Mateo Pedersen June 20, 2019 at 8:47 am

    I never leave comments, however, this was so easy and such a huge hit! Cannot wait to make again!
    My son & his girlfriend are huge fans of falafel, while my husband and I are not, or should I say were not!
    We are hooked! These are delicious! Made them for the kids to go with chicken souvlaki, that I was already making for dinner, however we all devoured them! They are now on my need to make often list! Easy, inexpensive, but most of all, DELICIOUS!!!! Thanks for the recipe! Highly recommend

    1. thismess June 21, 2019 at 12:19 am

      Wow! Thank you so much for your amazing review! I am so glad that my falafel is now on your “make often” list. I think that is pretty much the BEST compliment ever!

  19. Umehani Tiewala May 30, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Hey, I’ve made these and they were the bomb! Absolutely gratifying experience. Quick question though, it was very difficult for me to form the falafel balls, they kept falling apart. Any suggestions on how to fix it?

    1. thismess June 21, 2019 at 12:18 am

      I am so glad you liked them!! I’m not sure what might have gone wrong without a few more questions. Did the falafel fall apart while forming into balls or did they fall apart in the oil? Were your hands slightly wet when you were forming the falafel? I usually have to rinse my hands every 4-5 falafel that I make. The stare will help everything bond together and not stick to your hands.

  20. Kate May 27, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Quick update, I made them exactly as per your recipe and they were fantastic! total game changer in falafel making! thanks so much 😀

  21. Angela Donaldson May 26, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Hi there, I’ve just made these with canned chickpeas and baked them in the oven. They held together nicely and taste delicious. I don’t cook with oil so frying was not an option. I also don’t have a food processor so mashed the chickpeas with a potato masher. Wonderful recipe, thank you.

    1. thismess May 26, 2019 at 10:40 pm

      I am so glad to know it worked in the oven for you! I know the hand mashing took some work, but I bet it was worth it!

  22. Kate May 12, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Hi, I just bought a meat grinder and happened to be searching for a great falafel recipe! I am planning to make these tomorrow! I have two size plates for my grinder a small and larger one, which should I use for these please? and thanks so much!

    1. thismess May 13, 2019 at 2:06 pm

      Hi there! I am so excited that you found this recipe – I personally use the large plate, but you can use either one – just be sure not to overload the grinder, especially with the small plate. Happy falafeling!

  23. Hope February 28, 2019 at 1:56 am

    I want to start by saying, I LOVE this recipe. Using the freshly ground spices really adds something that other recipes lack. I also want to say I did make this recipe with canned chickpeas, however, I also added a few tablespoons of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder. Thank you so much for the recipe! I hope this can maybe help others who lack planning skills like me lol

    1. thismess February 28, 2019 at 5:02 pm

      Oh Hope! I am so glad to hear you were able to make canned chickpeas work!! I am so glad that you like these falafel and can’t wait to try your version next time the craving strikes an dI don’t want to wait to soak.

    2. Jessica Salazar November 16, 2019 at 10:19 pm

      We used the food processor, with the recipe. Grind small batches very fine, almost into a paste. Then we mixed in the final ingredients Patties held together wonderfully. Great recipe!

  24. Angela February 27, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Hi! Can you make this with frozen chickpeas?

    1. thismess February 28, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      Hi Angela, I don’t think I have ever seen frozen chickpeas! So, here is the thing…if they are cooked then frozen no. If they are only soaked for 24 hrs then frozen yes. Cooking the chickpeas changes the texture too much.

  25. Kitchencat February 26, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    It was RIDICULOUSLY gratifying to watch my Kitchenaid grinder attachment tear through those chickpeas! Only had to push through the herbs and onion. Really delicious! Came back to the post to see if people had opinions as to fry up he rest before freezing or freeze raw. Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. thismess February 28, 2019 at 4:59 pm

      I am SO glad you love the falafel & I totally agree that it is absolutely gratifying to watch the meat grinder go to work. I always prep my falafel all the way through forming them into balls the freeze them raw.

  26. Dolores February 1, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Want to make this but don’t have fresh cilantro can I use dry and how much should I use. Thank you. Can’t wait to make this.

    1. thismess February 1, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      I have never tried to make these with dried cilantro. The vibrant flavor of the fresh herb really shines through. However, if I were to try it at some point I think I would try to start with 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) of the dried herb. Typically you substitute 2 tablespoons dried cilantro for every 1/4 cup of fresh. Hope this helps!

  27. Alexandria Fitzpatrick January 23, 2019 at 12:37 am

    How many servings does this recipe yield?

    1. thismess January 24, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      You can feed 6-8 people EASY with this recipe! You can also cook just the amount of falafel you want then freeze any extra falafel once they are formed into balls. Then when you are ready to eat you just drop the frozen falafel into the hot oil. It takes a bit longer to cook time from frozen, about 1-2 minutes more per batch, but is super fast because there is literally no prep work involved.

  28. Alexandria Fitzpatrick January 23, 2019 at 12:37 am

    How many servings does this serving yield?

  29. Al Vallecillo August 7, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I made these two weeks ago. They were wonderful! So good I’m starting them again today for feeding vegetarian guests later this week. Only drawback is deep frying when its 103 degrees!

    I’m using our Lodge CI wok as the vessel. Doesn’t use such a large quantity of oil. Can do 5 – 6 falafels at a time w/ out a temperature drop. The avocado oil we use has good high working temperature and does not have a strong flavor. And it’s supposed to be healthy!

    No meat grinder so used the food processor, just needed to pay attention to texture closely. Can’t let’er Go on autopilot!

    Thank you.

    1. thismess August 8, 2018 at 2:05 am

      Yay! I am so very glad you like them and I love the idea of frying in avocado oil!

  30. vickie Boeshans July 29, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    That could absolutely been the problem! I literally never used it before that day and had no instructions with it. So it took awhile for me to even figure out how to put it together and work it! I will give it another try though. thank-you!

  31. vickie boeshans July 28, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    this is a Fabulous! thank you for sharing the recipe. I did pull out and dusted off the never used meat grinder for this recipe. However, I found it kept getting clogged by ingredients and ended up transferring to food processor to finish.Anyone else experience this? absolutely loved though and am planning to make again!!

  32. Emily May 15, 2018 at 2:56 am

    My falafel disintegrated in the oil. It would be helpful to put a disclaimer for those who consider using canned chickpeas. What a waste of good food.

    1. thismess May 15, 2018 at 5:20 pm

      So sorry that you used canned chickpeas and it didn’t work out for you – I added a note to the recipe so hopefully that will help others in the future. Thank you!

  33. vickie boeshans March 27, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    I really loved this recipe! I did initially start with the meat grinder, but it was getting blocked and not pushing through. Has anyone had this happen? It could totally be operator error as this was the first time I ever used it (despite it having being my pantry for for over 5 years!). So switched all ingredients to food processor. Was still fabulous & will be doing again whether or not I figure the meat grinder thing out!! Also, a note to people whom are making this for the first time. Definitely error on the side of burnt looking. thanks so much for the recipe!!

    1. thismess March 28, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      Yay! I am so glad you loved it. I have had that problem with my meat grinder before and it was because I had the grinding plate on backwards. I’m not sure if that is what happened with yours or not, but it may be your problem. At the end of the day though, the food processor totally works – it just creates a slightly more dense finished product. Yay for more falafel feasts in your future!

  34. Yoko March 7, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Made it with dried chick peas soaked overnight but still came apart in the oil. Any tips to keep the ball in shape? I squeezed water out as I rolled them. Was it too coarse? I used food processor but the link to the food processor method wasn’t working on this page so winged it.
    But it was tasty anyway. I’ve collected bits & pieces in the oil and made broken falafel wrap, and some became topping for my soup. Both were flavourful and lovely!

    1. thismess March 8, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      That’s too bad!! Did you deep fry the falafel? If you only shallow fry them in the pan in a small amount of oil they will fall apart – they have to be completely submerged in oil.

  35. Katherine Horton February 16, 2018 at 3:39 am

    What meat grinder did you purchase?

    1. thismess February 20, 2018 at 12:53 am

      I have one that attaches to my Kitchenaid stand mixer.

  36. Maria January 16, 2018 at 2:20 am

    Thank you for this recipe. It’s really good!! Our family really enjoyed it.

    1. thismess January 17, 2018 at 12:28 am

      Awesome!! I am so glad you and your family enjoyed it!

  37. Upavas December 15, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I just did this, with the meat grinder, OMFG THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR. Thank you so much for this idea. The falafel is crunchy, supertender and moist inside… best ever! Mazeltov!

    1. thismess December 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      That’s so amazing!!! I’m glad you love this method for making falafel as much as we do!! Happy holidays!

  38. Maciel October 18, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Amazing! I just made them for dinner tonight, we loved them!

  39. Marci August 25, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    First I want to say that I rarely post anything on the internet. That should give you a sense of how appreciative I am of this recipe. Second, this is the first time homemade falafel has ended in tears of joys rather than grief!! While I live in a city were finding good falafel is not hard to find but I have always wanted to make them at home and have never had any luck. I changed nothing about your recipe other than draining the chickpeas in advance and letting them dry a bit. I also refrigerated the mixture for a couple of hours because I ended up having to delay frying them. I did use a thermometer to monitor the oil temp as well. Can’t wait to try your other recipes. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!.

    1. thismess August 26, 2017 at 1:32 am

      Marci, you just made my day!!! Good homemade falafel is always such a win. These also freeze great, so I like to make a batch – cook off half and freeze the other half for later. Remove them from the freezer while your oil is heating. They take a little longer to cook through, but there is hardly any effort the second time around.

  40. Kimberly July 28, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    This recipe says it serves 6-8. How many balls is this (if making them the size of golf balls)? I was wanting to halve this recipe since there are only 2 of us in my house. Waiting for your answer. 🙂
    Thank you

    1. thismess December 17, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      This recipe makes enough to feed 4 of us twice using a mini ice cream scoop. Any extra falafel you have though can be stored in the freezer. Just form the balls, place on a paper lined baking sheet and freeze before transferring to a plastic bag or freezer container. Then you can just remove a few at time to cook up whenever you like.

  41. Nathalie July 14, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    We Just want to thank you for this incredible recipe of falafel!! Now we are here in Spain enjoying such a delicius dinner!! We Made a photo with a beer to share with ourFriends. The fallafel is really beautiful!!!

  42. Lindsey July 11, 2017 at 12:55 am


    Can’t wait to try this! Can these be baked instead of fried?

    1. thismess July 11, 2017 at 2:22 am

      Hi Lindsey, I have tried baking these in the past, but can never seem to get that perfect crispy exterior when I do, so I prefer to splurge and fry the falafel.

  43. Klaudia June 28, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    So I made these from canned chickpeas and the falafel melted into the hot grapeseed oil as they were frying. Maybe it was because I did not use dry chickpeas? I did drain them well and all.

    1. thismess June 28, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      Hey Kaludia,

      Unfortunately this recipe will not work with canned chickpeas. They are just too soft, give it a try with dry chickpeas that have been soaked overnight. I promise the extra bit of planning is so worth it!

  44. Lauren cleveland June 27, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Woo! These turned out super salty! I thought 1 1/2 teaspoons sounded like a lot of salt and boy was I right! Next time I think I’ll just do 1 teaspoon. Otherwise, these were good. I put them in my air fryer for 15 mins on 370.

    1. thismess July 3, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Did you use kosher salt that is coarse or regular table salt? I imagine if you are using regular fine grain table salt it may be a bit much.

  45. dawn June 23, 2017 at 3:56 am

    can i substitute fava beans for the chickpeas?

    1. thismess June 23, 2017 at 11:36 pm

      Hi Dawn, I have never tried this recipe with fava beans, so I am unsure if it will work or not. If you give it a try let us know how it turns out!

  46. Lisa July 18, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Could these be baked instead of frued?

    1. Meg August 6, 2016 at 10:45 am

      I have never tried to bake them, but I am sure you could 🙂

  47. Emma May 29, 2016 at 7:36 am

    These falafels are amazing. We had some problems with them falling apart so we used a bit of egg and flour in the mix to hold them together. Other than that, it’s a fool proof recipe which has quickly become a family favourite!

  48. Molly May 26, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    I did not notice that your recipe called for cumin seeds and coriander seeds, so I bought the ground, how much of each would I use?

    1. Meg May 26, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Hey Molly, no worries. I would probably still use about the same amount, 1 teaspoon for each. Don’t skip toasting the ground spices though it really brings out the flavor of the spice, just be careful they don’t burn.

  49. Molly McDonald April 22, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Hi! I don’t own a meat grinder. Is there something else I can use *crossing fingers*? This sounds amazing and I’ve wanting to try making my own falafel!

  50. Yatin P March 2, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Tried a few times to make the perfect falafel but couldn’t. Finally stumbled upon this and it is the bomb. Thanks Meg. Better than buying the store falafel mix or the store bought veggie patties.



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  51. Zoë B February 25, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Wow, just tried making these for the first time and oh my goodness are they worth the effort!!! It did take me about 2 hours all together but I think that was due to the age of the meat grinder (which I was almost going to throw out the other day – so glad I didn’t!) This is going to have to be the way I always make falafel now. Thanks so much for your post!

    1. Meg February 25, 2016 at 7:00 am

      Agreed, it is a bit of a time investment, but so worth it! This makes so much falafel I like to freeze have the falafels and fry them later which makes for a much quicker dinner the second time around. I picked up a meat grinder attachment for my Kitchenaid stand mixer for about $50 and it makes the process so much faster.

  52. Candace February 13, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Wow! Simply wonderful! Made these tonight and my family devoured them. Will be making again for sure! Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Meg February 14, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      I am so glad you and your family enjoyed them! They are a labor of love, but so worth the work. 🙂

  53. Tricia Pine January 11, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe and your helpful hints! We made this recipe along with your gluten-free naan and tzatziki sauce. I purchased the hummus and tahini 🙂 My family loved every morsel of our dinner… and they are not vegetarian or gluten -free like I am. I have an old meat grinder that was my Grandmother’s. I had never used it. It must have been too old or the attachments were not suited for we couldn’t get the mixture through the wholes. Plan B – I used my Green Power Juicer with the grinder attachment. It worked wonderfully and gave us a great texture. Thank you again! We all give this recipe a 5 star rating and it will definitely become one of our favorite meals! Thank you!

  54. NL November 1, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    I tried this recipe but with canned chickpeas, but they were falling apart.
    Does it make a big difference to use dried chickpeas ?

    1. Meg November 2, 2015 at 6:38 am

      Yes, unfortunately canned chickpeas won’t hold the same as dried chickpeas that have been soaked overnight.

  55. Lyn Ette Lyons October 29, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I made this but made it with adding some water and making it the consistency of waffle batter and heavily sprayed a hot waffle iron with olive oil cooking spray

    and let it heat up and then poured the batter in the waffle iron and let it cook until done and crispy. I then spread the waffle with hummus and topped with my favorite greens, sliced cucumbers ,radishes ,red onions,boiled egg chopped,tomatoes (what ever you like on a salad) grated parmesan cheese or feta and your favorite dressing(MINE IS TZATZIKI) salt and pepper and enjoy!!! It is so good!! Usually I do only a half a waffle it is so filling. I make them and freeze them in the freezer and pull them out and toast them when ever I want . Try it I am sure you to will love it!!!

    1. Coreen June 22, 2020 at 10:25 am

      Oh my goodness! What a fabulous idea. I’m going to give that a try.

  56. Haleene August 19, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    I have a Ninja and use that to grind meat, I get better hamburger cuts to make hamburger with, but I love all forms of food. Just saying if you have the more powerful blenders, you don’t need a meat grinder.
    These look great! Will be trying it out very soon.

  57. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health January 29, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    im a big falafel person, not necessarily a snob. I have seen so many recipes both fried and baked but none convinced me to attempt it at home..your version looks like something i get at authentic place…

    1. Loretta Hanson February 27, 2020 at 5:19 pm

      Meg I had the best falafel in Jordan and Israel last year. I can say with confidence that yours will probably be better just because of the love and care you put into the dish(es). Looking forward to trying this real soon (after I dig out the meat grinder attachment I haven’t used in years).

      1. thismess February 28, 2020 at 6:12 am

        Oh my goodness I bet the falafel in Jordan is AMAZING Lori!!! I hope that my version comes close – you truly had authentic falafel. I miss you to pieces and it just made my day to see your name pop up here.

  58. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) January 29, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I think its settled. I need to head over to your house for dinner if this is what is served.

  59. Bella January 29, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Wow these look wonderful! I am honestly tempted to make these, but I’m thinking about how it will sound, “hubby, can we purchase a meat grinder?” Lol. Love it and great post!

    1. Andrea December 23, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      Do you measure the chickpeas before or after soaking them?

  60. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen January 29, 2015 at 1:42 am

    I want to come to your house for dinner! That sounds like quite the meal. I have a meat grinder (that has been used once) and I’ve never thought to make falafels in it – thanks for the awesome recipe inspiration!

    1. Meg January 29, 2015 at 6:36 am

      You are invited any time!! Put that meat grinder to work girl it makes the best falafel.


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