How to make falafel

Learn how to make BBC Good Food’s chickpea falafel recipe. We provide two ways to shape and cook the mix – as burgers or deep-fried mini balls.

Points to remember

  • Drain, rinse and dry the chickpeas really well before pulsing in a food processor.
  • Use your hands to shape into patties or balls. 
  • If deep frying, coat the falafel in a little flour to protect from the direct heat.
  • Cook until golden and piping hot.

Try this technique with our falafel burgers


Comments, questions and tips

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30th Aug, 2017
It doesn't suggest what oil to use ?
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6th Sep, 2017
Thanks for your question. If you're deep-frying the falafel, we'd suggest using an oil with a high smoke point such as rapeseed, sunflower or vegetable oil. For shallow frying, you could also use olive oil.
12th Feb, 2017
It really will come out much better if you use dried chickpeas instead of canned. Just make sure you've soaked them for 24 hours.