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Easiest Falafel Recipe
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Easiest Falafel
Make quick-and-easy falafel with common ingredients from your pantry. See more
  • READY IN 30 mins

Easiest Falafel

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"Super quick and easy - you will probably have all the ingredients in your pantry already! Serve with your favorite sauce! I served mine with spicy mayo, made by mixing 3 tablespoons mayo with 1/2 tablespoon sriracha. It would also be great with tzatziki or spicy mustard."

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Original recipe makes 5 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Place garbanzo beans, 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs, onion, 1/4 cup olive oil, egg, parsley, curry powder, garlic powder, lemon juice, and black pepper in a food processor or blender. Puree until coarse crumbles form. Blend more panko crumbs into mixture if it is too moist.
  2. Roll mixture into balls about the size of a golf ball; place on a plate.
  3. Press into patties and coat in panko bread crumbs.
  4. Heat about 1-inch olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  5. Pan-fry patties until crispy, about 3 minutes on each side.
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  • Editor's note:
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 05, 2012

These were different from any falafel that I have ever had, and I LOVED them! The curry powder gave these wonderful flavor. The insides were a beautiful bright yellow...so pretty. Almost too pretty to eat. Almost. Loved the crunch of the panko. These could've used a bit more salt, IMO, but that would be my only change next time. Served w/ 'Roasted Garlic Tzatziki', also from this site~YUM! Will be making these again! Thanks for sharing. :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 08, 2012

The curry gave it great taste but 1/4 cup olive oil made it really runny. I had to keep adding more and more bread crumbs so that my patties would stay together. The recipe also did not call for any salt. I added one teaspoon to mine.I will make this again but with those changes.

Jul 29, 2014

These are really good. I skip the egg to make it vegan. QUICK NOTE: I've been seeing alot of reviews where people are stating theirs fell apart or turned to mush. You may be using too much oil, or your oil is not hot enough. When a bread crumb "dances" ON the oil, it should be a good temp. Don't crowd pan. Don't move or turn food until ready. Fry in small batches, even if your pan will hold more. And allow the oil temp to come back up in between batches. When done, set balls on cooling rack, not paper towels. :)

Jul 29, 2014

Pretty much everybody complains about the patties falling apart, even those who liked the taste and gave it a good rating otherwise. The reason is very obvious: you NEVER use canned garbanzos to make falafel. That should really be common knowledge by now. Canned garbanzos are pre-cooked, which denaturizes the starch, which will make it very difficult to make them hold together. You'll have to add a ton of extra ingredients like bread crumbs, egg etc. The authentic way to make falafel, and the only way to make them so they actually hold together without adding all the extra stuff, is to use dried uncooked garbanzos and soak them over night.

Feb 15, 2013

My husband and I really liked these. We had tried a recipe from a newspaper that used black beans. Black beans are not the way to go. We thought these were the most like some we had had at a 'hole in the wall' so were quite pleased with this recipe. Another thing we like with falafel is a spicy mayo dip we found with the first recipe: 1cup mayo, 1 Tablespoon minced garlic, 1 Tablespoon of Sriracha hot chili sauce.

Apr 06, 2012

These little patties are amazing! I did need to blend in more panko to help them hold their shape, but otherwise made exactly as written. Hubby was very pleasantly surprised by this one, as was I. I didn't even serve it with a sauce- the curry lends such a lovely flavor! I simply served it with some roasted vegetables, and it was a wonderful vegetarian meal. Thank you for sharing- it's a keeper for sure!

Jul 29, 2014

Alright, I have made this before and from the start I listened to people: skip the oil altogether, and use that for frying instead. For those like me who know that falafel does not take curry at all, the two ingredients you actually need to use to replace that are ground cumin and ground coriander seeds, start with 1/4 tsp. each and work up from your own taste. Finally, a key to making this healthier if you wish: replace the bread crumbs with oats (yep)and work in the egg until you know you have the right consistency. You can add a little bit of water if it is too dry, as the oats will soak it up and you will have no splatter at the fry stage. Just keep in mind that if you make these with oats it fries differently and some of the crispiness may be lacking. Why I gave it 4 stars? I love falafel and this is a good general idea of where to start!

Jun 27, 2012

Sketchy! Good flavor but way too wet. They totally fell apart in the pan and made a big 'ol mess. We even halved the olive oil and doubled the bread crumbs. This recipe needs a re-work


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  • Calories
  • 301 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.8 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 37 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 17.8 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 5.1 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 7.6 g
  • 15%
  • Sodium
  • 343 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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