Let's Fall For Falafel And Create Our Own Platter

Falafel has a unique quality, and it's not just for showing that it's regarded as the national food. Despite how straightforward the basic recipe is, there are countless variations you may make. It's a common misconception that falafel originated in Egypt, despite the fact that these protein-rich fritters are recognised as one of Israel's national dishes. it is believed that the dish known as falafel originally went by the name of bep parfa and was created by Egyptian Christians to eat during Lent, a time when meat is forbidden. 

Falafel was indeed an ancient food that became an early form of Israeli fast food when Yemenite immigrants in Israel started making it on the streets and selling it wrapped in paper in the 1950s. Today, falafel fritters are most frequently eaten in pita or lafa flatbread sandwiches in Israel and other Middle Eastern nations, topped with fresh or pickled vegetables, and dipped in hummus paste, tahini dip, or a spicy, garlicky yoghurt sauce. All the ingredients for this dish are year-round accessible and readily available, making it a satisfying and joyful meal. Here is how to make a perfect falafel at home.  


500 g Dry chickpeas, soaked in water for about 12 hours (if you use canned chickpeas, skip this step)  

Slices of 1 bread loaf 

5 Garlic cloves 

1 Small chopped onion 

2 tbsp Flour 

2 tsp of baking soda 

5 tbsp Fresh, chopped parsley

5 tbsp of chopped cilantro  

1 tbsp of sesame seeds  

1 tsp of cumin  

1 tsp of paprika  

Salt and pepper to taste 

Oil for frying 


Bread should be soaked in water, then the extra water should be thoroughly squeezed out. The soaked chickpeas (or chickpeas from a can) should be rinsed and filtered before being combined with the garlic, pressed bread, and dry spices in a food processor. Process until you have a thick, moist paste consistency. Add some water, if necessary. Transfer to a bowl, then stir in the baking soda and the remaining ingredients (minus the chopped onion and herbs). Taste the mixture; it will have a stronger flavour than the finished product. If required, season to taste with salt and pepper. For 30 to 60 minutes, cover and set aside (best in the refrigerator). For frying, heat the oil to a temperature that is hot but not boiling—roughly medium. At this step, thoroughly combine the ingredients before adding the baking soda. Create balls by rolling them between moist hands, then fried them until well-browned. In any case, fry one patty at a time, taste it, and then, if necessary, adjust the mixture. Adjust the seasonings if required. Fry rest of the patties and enjoy.