Falafel – a middle-eastern delicacy

By Surangana Borah


falafel1Falafelis a Lebanese deep fried balls or patties made from white chickpeas/kabuli chana (chicken pea). They are usually stuffed in pita bread with tahini, hummus or a vegetable salad. Awesome snack/starter, crunchy from outside and soft juicy from inside.



Chickpeas: 1 cup (cooked)

Spring onion/onion: 1 stalk finely chopped (one medium sized if you use onion)

Garlic: 5-6 cloves flattened and roughly chopped

Coriander leaves : 2-3 stalks

Mint leaves : half handful

Cumin powder: 1 tsp

Garam Masala: 1 tsp

Coriander powder: 1 tsp

Salt  to taste

Black pepper powder: 1 tsp

Red chilli powder: 1/2 tsp

Juice of one lime 

APF/Maida: 2 tbsp.

Oil for deep frying



In a mixie grind the cooked chickpeas along with the coriander and mint leaves and make a smooth paste. Now add all other ingredients and blend it again till a smooth, light and fluffy mixture. This paste needs to be made without adding any water. Now, transfer this mixture to a bowl and take medium sized balls and press gently between the palms of your hands and keep on a dish aside (You can fry them as balls also instead of giving patty shape). Similarly, make rest of the patties/balls. Now heat the oil in a deep bottomed pan/kadhai and fry all the balls/patties , 4-5 at a time. Fry all of them and keep them on tissue paper to remove excess oil. Serve these falafels hot with yogurt dip/tahini sauce or stuffed in pita bread as snack or starter.


Surangana Borah is a complete home-maker and loves doing everything with the home whether its cooking, keeping the home clutter-free, gardening, taking good care of her family. She started cooking after marriage. After i leaving job she has been diagnosed with diabetes and so taking very good care of herself with right food, regular work-out and walk. Born and brought up in a township called BVFCL Namrup of Dibrugarh district of Assam. Surangana studied Geography at Gauhati University in Guwahati and worked in Delhi and Kolkata. She lives in Mumbai and plans to host a few of cookery shows on national tv channels. She can be reached at suranganaborah@yahoo.com.