Homemade Falafel + Cucumber Dressing

Easy and delicious homemade falafel recipeThe last time I made falafel was for a family dinner night. My dad kept calling them “matzo balls” which I thought was funny. Falafel is a little bit time consuming but SOOOO worth the effort. This is a great recipe to impress your significant other or your next dinner party guests—if they like food that’s awesome.

Falafel ingredients This falafel recipe with make around 25 balls, so you can easily serve 4-6 people for dinner.

Best falafel recipeIn a food processor, blend up the chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley and cilantro into a thick paste. I had to do this in two batches since my food processor couldn’t handle this entire recipe all at once. You’ll also notice there is no liquid added, which makes it rather hard to blend. Keep at it and don’t add water no matter what! Adding water will likely result in falafel that won’t hold together during the frying process.

Once you’ve blended everything into a paste, spoon it into a large bowl and add the salt, baking powder, flour and pepper. Stir until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest in the refrigerator for 2 hours. If you’re in a time crunch you can place it in the freezer for an hour instead. But don’t skip this rest period, because it will result in falafel that falls apart when fried.

Cucumber yogurt dressingIn the meantime, make your dressing by combining 2 cups greek yogurt, 1/2 large cucumber (finely chopped) and 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh dill. Stir together and allow to set for at least 30-45 minutes before serving so the flavors and blend together.

How to make falafelIn a deep fryer or large, heavy pot, heat enough oil for the falafel float. You want the oil temperature to reach around 350°F. You can use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature or you can test it by dropping a little batter in. It should start to bubble/fizzle and the batter should float after a few seconds. Once the oil is ready, drop small balls of the falafel batter in and allow them to cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels, to remove excess oil.

How to make falafel at homeServe with pita bread, lettuce, more cucumbers, tomatoes (unless you forget to buy any) and the dressing. These are best served warm the day they are made. If you have leftovers you can try warming them up in the oven the next day. But like most fried foods, they are best served “fresh.” 🙂

The best falafel you'll ever have!Enjoy these!!!! xo. Emma

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Falafel with Cucumber Dressing

Ingredients

  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained each can is 15 ounces
  • 1 small red onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • a sprinkle of black pepper

For the sauce

  • 2 cups greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped dill

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, blend up the chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley and cilantro into a thick paste. I had to do this in two batches since my food processor couldn't handle this entire recipe all at once. You'll also notice there is no liquid added, which makes it rather hard to blend. Keep at it and don't add water no matter what! Adding water will likely result in falafel that won't hold together during the frying process.

  2. Once you've blended everything into a paste, spoon it into a large bowl and add the salt, baking powder, flour and pepper. Stir until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest in the refrigerator for 2 hours. If you're in a time crunch you can place it in the freezer for an hour instead. But don't skip this rest period, because it will result in falafel that falls apart when fried.

  3. In the meantime, make your dressing. Stir together the ingredients in a small bowl and allow to set for at least 30-45 minutes before serving so the flavors and blend together.

  4. In a deep fryer or large, heavy pot heat enough oil for the falafel float. You want the oil temperature to reach around 350°F. You can use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature or you can test it by dropping a little batter in. It should start to bubble/fizzle and the batter should float after a few seconds. Once the oil is ready, drop small balls of the falafel batter in and allow them to cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels, to remove excess oil.

  • 5 stars
    These are so good. The ONLY downside is all the oil required. I tried to save the oil in the fridge for the next batch but they fell apart when frying. The oil was to temperature. Not sure what that is about. Any thoughts?

  • 1 star
    Just a question, is 2 teaspoons of salt correct?? It tastes waaaaaaaaaaaay too salty so I added another can of chickpeas and it’s still too salty!! I think I may have to throw it all away! I’m so pissed!

    • 5 stars
      Yes, two teaspoons is what I use. Are you sure you’re using teaspoons and not tablespoons? Two tablespoons would be way too much so I’m just wondering if that’s the issue.

  • Hi. I was wondering if these would work in the oven for a healthy option. If so please let me know.

    Thanks
    Amy

  • I froze mine for an hour and they fell apart in the pan. Yikes! Next time, I’ll let put them in the fridge for 2 hours…

  • Looks fabulous! Do you think this recipe would translate well to baking instead of frying?

  • We made these and loved them! I just posted abut them with a few links back to your site. Check it out! http://www.mostlyfoodandcrafts.com/2013/04/homemade-falafels-and-tzatziki.html

  • I totally made these for dinner last week! They were a huge hit, and a much needed but tasty injection of fresh ingredients my family needed, and was a great to be able to give my mum a break from cooking for the night – thank you Emma!

    To others trying this, heed the warning about letting them rest – my first attempt fell to pieces because I was rushed for time, but making up a second batch and leaving them for the next night proved a good solution.

    Yuuuuummmmmm…..

  • Good Morning! I wanted to let you know that I featured this delicious recipe in my weekly bookmark list – stop by and check it out!

  • Followed this recipe but wasn’t sure which type of flour to use, went with plain flour and it worked a treat. Absolutely delicious! Made them 3 nights in a row and one of those was a dinner party. Everybody loved them. Thank you for the recipe 🙂

  • I actually tried this recipe yesterday, and it was AMAZING!

    Check out how it turned out at my blog!

    http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com

  • OMG – my mouth is WATERING. Looks so delicious. Must pin and try this recipe.

  • I just made them today – added some black sesame and chives. But it’s soooo delicious!

    lovely greetings from Germany!

    Jenny

  • When I make falafels I soak dried chickpeas over night. Then blend them with spices to make falafel mix. You don’t need to cook them. They result in a great texture. I don’t add any water, but do add a few glugs of olive oil. They always hold together.

  • My mouth is watering!! What a perfect spring lunch!!

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  • Thank you! Now I can satisfy my desire to eat falafel here in Brazil where it is basically nonexistant!

  • OMGosh I LOVE falafel. Deeeeelicious. Thank you can’t wait to make these for supper one weekend 😉

  • these look so good! i can’t wait to try them, but first i’ll need to get a food processor!

    Maggie
    lovestylehappiness.blogspot.com

  • When I lived in Barcelona there was a fabulous hole-in-the-wall shop that sold the most delicious falafel. In the states I haven’t been able to find a place that I love. I pinned this recipe,- so here’s to wishing I love it!

    xx Kait

    ChickadeeSays

  • LOL and a duh to me so do I drain the cans of Chick peas or use the luquild/ sorry for so ???

  • Do you know what matzo balls are? I assume so, but couldn’t quite tell from your post. They’re sort of like dumplings in soup. They’re made out of ground matzo (like crackers). Matzo is eaten during Passover, but it can also be eaten all year round.

    We Jews also eat a lot of falafel, as a lot of people are interested in Israeli food now. Because they’re both Jewish round food, that is probably why your father got confused. 😉

  • Do you think these would turn out if they were baked instead of deep fried?

  • I looooove falafel to death <3 Have yet to make my own…I need to try this.

  • I think I will make A Beautiful Mess menu for our upcoming spring party. You guy have so many tasty snack recipes. I don’t need to go to any other site.

  • Falafel is one of my favorite things to make, but I never make it from scratch. I’m excited to try this especially because my husband and I LOVE cilantro.

  • I’ve always wondered what falafel was and now that I know the ingredients and have seen pictures..I def want to try it out. Looks yummy…not what I thought it was AT ALL! Lol.

  • Oh yum! This sounds amazing! Since I’m trying lots of new recipes lately, especially including more vegetarian meals, I’ll be getting the stuff to make this when I next shop!

  • Holy smokes, this looks so good!! I will definitely be making this soon. yum!!

  • Wow,they those falafel look really good and crunchy!
    You just made me hungry!

    xoxo

  • These look so so scrumptious! I will definitely try that at home! Thank you for sharing that recipe 🙂

  • Thank you sooo much for this recipe – it is right on time for me. I’ve had falafel twice in the last couple of weeks and we just started talking about making them at home.

    xox
    Bailey
    http://akabailey.blogspot.com

  • Nice recipe! by the way, hummus and falafel work great together as well 🙂

  • Wow. This looks both amazing and healthy. Yum! Thanks for the new recipe, can’t wait to try it.

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  • We had this for dinner today, yummy!!! I added a few sun-dried tomatoes to the falafel mix, so it gave a nice tangy taste. Thanks for the great recipe. 🙂

  • Yum yum yum. Looks SO good. Could eat that right now! xxx

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  • Oh my Gosh, all your recipes are amazing! I will buy a food lrocessor only to be able to make tour recipes! Hahahaha

    You girls are the best!
    Xo,
    Stephany
    http://www.loveshoppingmiami.com

  • best falafel I’ve ever had was inside the Old Post Office, just off the national mall. I think D. Trump bought it out and is turning it into a hotel, but they had a food court there before, and it was the. best.

    can’t wait to try this!

  • I’m going to be making this recipe for dinner this week, and hopefully sharing on my blog how they turned out!

    Come and check it out on Thursday!

    http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com

  • YUM! I’m so in-love with falafel! I had the most wonderful falafel of my life in Paris, and I’m looking for a similar recipe – I hope this is it!

    Love,
    Stephanie May*

    http://www.maydae.com

  • Okay, this is getting made tomorrow and I can only hope it turns out half as good as you’ve made it look!!

  • Love falafel! Can’t wait to try your recipe. One thing I started doing to my falafel to give it some crunch was coating it in corn flake crumbs.

  • Can you tell me what size your cans of chickbeans are? Over here in Austria we have bigger and smaller sized cans. Thank you, I will definatly try this!

  • Su- I always fry falafel rather than bake. So although I’m sure you could bake instead I’m not sure what temperature and duration might be best for this recipe. If you try it leave us a comment with your results. Happy baking!

  • Hey this recipe looks great, but can we bake the falafel instead of frying them?

  • mh yum, i love falafel. i never made some at home thought but i definitely have to give it a shot. thanks for the recipe.

  • One of my all-time favourite dishes! This recipe looks especially good – thanks for sharing!

  • YUM!!! These look so delicious & healthy too!! 🙂
    Can’t wait to make them for my turn to cook next week!

  • Home made falafels are SO much tastier than store bought mixes or meat stands. Great recipe! 🙂

  • I’m a veggie so this is a perfect recipe for me! Falafel is a fave 🙂

    Lulu xx

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  • I LOVE FALAFELS!
    never tried making them though.. now I will!!!
    🙂
    http://theeoptimist.blogspot.com

  • This looks yummie! I enjoy my cucumber dip with pita bread or carrots, SO GOOD!

  • this looks delicious, and i love falafel!
    i need to try this next week.
    xo, cheyenne

  • Falafel is my life! We have a place called Pita Pit in Texas that has the best falafel pita! Can’t wait to try this at home. 😀

  • Fantastic! I just had falafel for lunch for the past two days. I thought about googling recipes and saw this. Thank you thank you!!!

  • wow! I have never thought of making this but it looks sooo good!

    xoxo
    Juliette Laura
    http://juliettelaura.blogspot.com

  • Oh gosh this looks really good, didn’t realize it was this easy to make falafel at home!! I’ll have to try it out sometime. Just pinned this.

    Kristina does the Internets

  • Falafel is a delight! For my own Cucumber dip (Tzaziki or Jajek) I add garlic, lemon juice and olive oil to the yoghurt and grated cucumber (as much as I need for the taste and texture I want) and skip the dill for mint instead. Just another way to make the stuff, since there are about a thousand! Now I’m craving pita…

  • This looks yummy! Can’t wait to try!

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  • Sounds amaze-balls!! Get it?! bahaha

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  • Those look amazing! I love this type of food.

    Carina
    http://carstina.blogspot.co.nz/

  • Oh yummy yummy yummy!

    This is a great Spring meal. Can’t wait to try it!
    Thanks for sharing.

    p.s. I adore your dressing pot, it’s so pretty!

  • SO yummy!! Definitely going to make this! xx

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  • I LOVE FALAFEL! makes me so hungry looking at these pictures! xo

    xo eden
    http://edensjunkdrawer.blogspot.com

  • I need a food processor 🙁
    it looks very yummy, thanks for sharing

    xo
    Ruzu

  • I do love falafels, so I’ll definitely be giving this a try!

    Emily
    http://www.growingwildginger.com/

  • I have never tried this before, but you’ve made it look super easy…so I might give this a go next week for dinner!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  • These look amazing! I’ve never really thought about making my own falafel before but after this recipe, how could I not!?

  • I always forget about having falafels – these look amazing 🙂 Thanks for the great idea!

  • becoming a vegetarian just became a whole lot more exciting:) looking forward to trying these!

  • Oh wow, looks delicious!!

    Jillian – http://epic-thread.blogspot.com

  • One of my favorite kinds of dressing!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  • I love falafel; this looks so delicious. Will bookmark this page.

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  • I love falafels, thanks for the recipe!

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    BLOGLOVIN’

  • I’ve been looking for a great falafel recipe and I think this might be it! It surely is a lot of work but I love chickpeas so much, I need to make this!

  • Looks so delicious! My mouth may or may not be watering right now…

    ♥Brooke
    You’re In Brookelynn

  • delicious! this is perfect for springtime. thanks for sharing!

  • I love how these are vegetarian, but vegan if you don’t have the greek yogurt on the side. I’m trying to eat healthier and these seem like a great meal if baked in the oven, or even made into patties? Yum!

    M.

  • Yum! I have to try this recipe 🙂

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

  • Oh my God I love falafel. It’s absolutely the best food ever. I mostly eat them in restaurants though, I should make some at home soon!

    xo
    Sabrina
    http://apixiesviewonfashion.com

  • Looks amazing! Another thing pinned to make… you rock!

    Bundana @

    http://www.bundana.blogspot.co.uk

  • I would like to taste it so Ill do it during the weekend.

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  • Wow these look fantastic! Wish I had a deep fryer/large pot and a food processor. Will definitely try them in the future, though.
    Liz
    liz-makes.blogspot.com

  • Falafel is one of your favorite meals! Thanks for the new recipe. Oh, and you are SO right about the water :).

    Ginny
    www.moderncommonplacebook.com

  • YUM!! Love falafel, I can’t wait to try this.

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  • Well now I know what I’m making for dinner tonight! 🙂 Next time you are in St. Louis you will have to go to MoMo’s.. they have a great falafel…and belly dancers!

  • wow..I was looking for falafel recipe and I am so happy that I got it here. Thanks.

    cheers,
    Janika
    http://crazysketchbook.blogspot.com/

  • Falafel is in israel I know cause I went there this summer. Way to know your stuff guys.

  • Yum! I’m wondering what kind of oil you used for frying? I typically just cook with olive oil or coconut but both have low heat warnings so I’m wondering what worked best for you? Thanks! These look perfect and like a handy toddler snack too!

  • Wow, looks delicious!
    Will try this one at home soon! 😀

    xo
    clothesanddreams.blogspot.com

  • This recipe looks delish! I am putting this on my to try list!

    Thanks!

  • Ohhhhh good I LOVE falafel AND tzatziki!!! Yum yum yum!! I seriously would put tzatziki on EVERYTHING if I could!!

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  • Mmm, I’m crazy about falafel. Absolutely crazy. Although they’re rather time consuming to make, they still feel like the perfect fast food alternative for a vegetarian.

  • Shut up I have always wondered how to make falafel! There’s this wonderful falafel place here in D.C. but it’s a little bit Metro-inconvenient…loving that now I can make my own!

  • I’m so excited!!! I have been thinking and thinking of looking up a falafel recipe and I kept forgetting and lookee here what you did! Thank you.

    While we are on the subject—last week I made a delish veggie soup with some cumin in it and then I added some white beans and then I was wondering if there is a pureed white bean and veggie soup and if that would be easy to figure out how to do and THEN I thought of you and your mad cooking skills and how you could totally figure that one out! Ha! Just throwing that little nugget of inspiration into your ear.

    That’s all. You guys are awesome.

  • ooh, these look great. i love falafel but have never made it, and i’ve been searching for new things to add to my repertoire since the husband & i becamse pescetarian. these are perfect!

  • I am definitely going to try this soon, hopefully this weekend.

  • I love easy spreads/dressings/sauces! it always tastes so fresh!

  • Hello! This is a pretty great recipe, buy please allow one small correction. Falafel isn’t Greek food. I believe it origins from Middle East. Keep up the good work girls.
    Kisses from Greece!

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