Sunday with Marlena Speiler

After you have tried this at home, We have a feeling that you will not like the store bought ones. This is a recipe that we will not try changing and tweaking and our quest for the best falafel recipe ends right here. Try it and be assured that you will be in falafel heaven. Falafels are a classic Israeli snack!

Recipe: Falafel


Split chickpeas/Channa Dal – 1 cup, soaked in 4 cups of water
Onion- 1 small
Garlic- 3 pods
Parsley – 2 T, chopped
Cilantro- 1 T, chopped
Cayenne – 1 to 2 tsp
Cumin Powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
Bulgur Wheat – 1 T
Baking powder – a tiny pinch
Salt – to taste
Vegetable oil for deep frying


  • Soak the chickpeas for 4 hours to overnight.
  • Drain the chick peas completely and pulse it in a food processor several times, till you get a coarse mixture
  • Do not add any water while you are pulsing.
  • Transfer the contents to a bowl, add salt and mix it well.
  • Make round balls, and if you have difficulty in making them, sprinkle very little water and try again or a little bit of crumbled whole wheat bread will do the trick.
  • Heat oil in a pan and when the oil reaches 350, start frying until they turn golden brown
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and drain in a paper towel

Quick Notes

Keep the heat on medium low after the oil has reached the desired temperature. If the oil is too hot, the outside will turn brown quickly, while the inside is not cooked thoroughly. Do not used canned garbanzo beans, this recipe has to be made with soaked chick peas.


Curry powder can be used if you do not have garam masala

Add more or less of the herbs to suit your palette

Cooking time (duration): 30

Diet type: Vegetarian

Number of servings (yield): 6

Meal type: hors d’oerves

Falafels can be served tucked in pita bread with hummus and a dash of tahini and fresh parsely.

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  1. I love love falafel.The only problem is when ever i make them home i tend to hogg them. When we were in holiday in Egypt for 3 weeks, we had them almost every day , especially from the street shops and loved them.
    These looks really delicous.

  2. Gr8! Reminds me of my visits to ME and France. In Paris I uesed to take tehe entire Opus gang (mostly veg) to St Michel area for an afternoon of falafel, zalebi.

    There used to be a place in Stephen’s Creek Blvd (Santa Clara/Cupertino) – Vivi’s that also makes them. I think you have been there.

  3. Beautiful.They almost taste like our Chana dal vadas but little different taste because different spices. Looks mouthwatering. With yogurt, it’s so yum. Good one, photo looks pretty! 🙂

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