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Make Dinner Fun with This Easy Falafel Recipe

Yes! Dinner CAN be fun and tasty at the same time. Try making this fresh Falafel Recipe and you’ll see what I mean.

Everyone loves fresh falafel because they’re dip-able or you can stuff them in sandwiches. Or DO BOTH!

Tender canned garbanzos, a few common spices, and a little time make this falafel recipe a dish you’ll want to make again and again.

all the toppings for a fresh falafel sandwich

How to Eat Fresh Falafel

You can enjoy them any way you see fit. Stuff them in pita bread with all your favorite toppings. This is my favorite way to enjoy them. I put out pita bread, sour cream with dill and mint, sliced veggies, pickles if I have them, and usually some sort of greens.


fresh cooked easy falafel made with canned beans

Set out all your favorite sauces and have a dipping party. You can use anything you have in your fridge or make something up. There isn’t really a wrong dipping sauce here.

easy falafel recipe

Sauces for Dipping Your Falafel:

  • tzatziki sauce, that delicious traditional sauce is perfect for dipping
  • sour cream with dill
  • yogurt with dill
  • hummus, although that seems a little cannibalistic to me (HA!)
  • your favorite salad dressing

Is this a Traditional Falafel Recipe?

From everything I’ve read, no. A more traditional falafel is made with soaked garbanzos, not cooked garbanzos. But I never remember to soak the beans overnight so I just use canned garbanzo beans.

If you want to make a traditional falafel recipe simply soak dried beans overnight AT LEAST and then drain them. From there you follow my directions for falafel. No cooking of the soaked beans is required!

You can serve these with ANY flatbread you happen to find in your grocery stores like these pita bread or Naan on Amazon. OR better yet try making your own Pita or Naan Bread OR this Roti Recipe with my EASY to follow recipes! Either way works for me, seriously.

A few notes on this Easy Falafel Recipe:

  • Use fresh cumin seeds for best results, the fresh flavor burst you get when you crush them between two spoons before adding them to the mix is worth it!
  • You can make these into patties if you prefer, either way works for this recipe!
  • you can ALSO use a deep fat fryer, I looked through them on Amazon, and all the kinds I’d used before were unavailable so I linked up to one I would LIKE to have but honestly can’t justify having one more appliance…

If you LOVE garbanzo beans but you’re short on time try this AMAZING Chick Pea Burger! It’s gluten-free AND Vegan, and quick to make. And if you’re looking for a quick and easy sauce that happens to be low carb to offset the carbs in falafel try this Keto Tzatziki Sauce.

Easy Falafel Recipe
Yield: 24 falafel


easy falafel recipe

This easy falafel recipe made with canned garbanzos makes dinner fun and healthy!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 3 cups drained canned garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh parsley, you can sub in dried parsley
  • 2 tsp cumin seed, crush these between for the full fresh cumin effect (I wrote about it above!)
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 TBSP minced garlic, add more to taste
  • 1 tsp salt, taste and add more as desired, remember canned beans are already salted
  • 2 TBSP flour, you may need more depending on how well drained your beans are
  • oil for frying


  1. Put everything in the bowl of a food processor except the oilingredients for easy fresh falafel
  2. pulse to combine
  3. put the mixture in a big bowl
  4. see if it will hold together as balls if the mixture is too loose add a little more flour
  5. once it will hold together make all the falafel and lay them on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  6. put them in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to firm up
  7. put 1 inch of oil in a deep frying pan and heat to 350˚, use a candy thermometer to check this!
  8. once the oil is heated fry the falafel in 2-3 batches keeping them farm enough apart to make turning them over easier
  9. turn carefully to brown them on both sides
  10. remove to rack or plate covered with absorbent paper towels to let them drain
  11. serve as desired

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 96Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 7mgSodium 287mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 5g

This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.

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Laura is on a mission to teach modern family oriented women how to make old-fashioned foods new again. A wife and mom of 3 boys, Laura understands the struggles of trying to serve a home-cooked meal each night. She provides recipes and cooking hacks for busy moms to create dishes they may think take more time or skill than they have to make. Read more...

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