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Lazy College Kid's Easy Falafel

What you need: 

1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 small onion, finely minced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
3/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
dash red pepper
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons flour
oil, as needed for frying

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 375 degrees F, if baking. Place chickpeas in a medium bowl. Smush them up with a fork. I've used the bottom of a drinking glass to get things started and then mush them up some more with a regular fork.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well, until everything is evenly combined. Form into balls about the size of a ping pong ball and then flatten them a little bit.
3. You can either fry them in a bit of canola/vegetable oil until they're golden brown (they taste best this way!) or if you're feeling lazy, like me, bake them until they're golden brown, flipping them over about halfway.
Serve on a pita with whatever falafel toppings you like. I like using hummus, lettuce, tomato, and dill pickle. This falafel doesn't really come out looking or tasting exactly like falafel I've had at Greek restaurants, but the flavor is really good and if you bake it in the oven, it's pretty healthy and has lots of fiber. Enjoy!

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scrumptious! i lost my ol' reliable falafel recipe and my life nearly crumbled to pieces! you saved me!


great recipe! I baked it so it was a bit dry; next time i will use more oil. i enjoyed it  hummis and veggies.


This was great and fast to make. I had all everything needed lyig around and it and it tasted pretty authentic.


I made this for my Mom and her fiance (who had never eaten falafel before), and they both enjoyed it.
I personally liked the falafel better baked than fried. I've always thought the fact that it was deep fried was the only downside to falafels.

I also paired it with a recipe for lentil hummus and put them in pita pockets. They were great!


umm, small standard or ? .... my prob is, I live in Germany and I have no idea if our standard size can is "your standard size can"... sorry !!!

a standard size can is usually like 15-16 ounces. (400-460 grams)


I just made this and it was amazing!  I've never actually had falafel before, so I don't know how it's "supposed" to taste, but this has got to be one of the best recipes I've made from here.

add pita, spinach, tomato, and red pepper hummus=perfect  ;D


This turned out SUPER!
Even my omni Dad exclamed and helped himself!

I used both chickpeas and fava beans (Dad told me that's authentic Lebanese falafel) and they held wonderfully.

Thanks a bunch! :)


wonderful!  there is no place to get falafel where I live, this is not the same, but delicious!  Thank you!


Felafel is definitely one of my all time fave foods . This recipe certainly gave me what I wanted :) I fried mine - wanted to try out the new non stick frying pan! they held together, and the outside was all nice and golden brown. the insides were a little mushy and on the wet side, so I threw them in the oven for 15 minutes to help 'dry out'. It worked a little - but I kinda like this mushy texture :P I am definitely making this recipe again, and next time I am going to add in some cumin and black pepper.

thanks for the recipe :D


I'm a lazy college kid, so this recipe really appealed to me! This is nice and easy to make, but mine wouldn't stay together. I managed to keep them roughly in separate blobs, but some fell apart completely! I think that's my fault for not mincing the onion finely enough, though; chunks of it kept falling off. But this was delicious anyway, especially with hummus and chopped tomato. Thanks for the recipe!



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