I don’t think I could ever get tired of eating falafels. Especially those that are not fried, but rather cooked in a pan with a little oil. Easier to digest, they’re also nutritious, cheap ($) and delicious!

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Economical : This recipe is very economical, especially if you cook your chickpeas yourself. In fact, 1 bag of 900 g of dried chickpeas costs $ 2.59 and gives about 11 cups of cooked chickpeas, which comes down to $ 0.50 of chickpeas for 12 to 14 falafels. The rest of the cooked chickpeas freeze easily in mason jars. To learn how, read the article here.

Fresh herbs : We don’t always have parsley or fresh coriander, but for this recipe, I really advise to have at least one of them fresh and the other one dry.

Prep : 10 min

Rest : 30 min

Cooking : 10 min

Servings : 12-14 falafels


  • 540 ml chickpeas (canned or cooked)

  • ½ cup (125 ml) onion

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) lemon juice

  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) fresh parsley

  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) fresh coriander

  • ⅓ cup (85 ml) whole wheat flour

  • 1 tsp (5 ml) salt

  • 1 tsp (5 ml) cumin

  • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) pepper

  • 3 Tbsp (45 ml) neutral oil (I used sunflower oil)


  1. Pour all ingredients except the oil into a food processor and blend until fairly smooth (about a minute). If you don’t have a food processor, you can also mix by hand after crushing the chickpeas using a potato masher and finely cutting all the ingredients.

  2. If possible, put the mixture in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

  3. Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.

  4. Make small balls with the mixture and flatten them (faster and more even cooking). To obtain 12 to 14 falafels, the patties should contain about 2 Tbsp of the mix.

  5. Place the falafel in the skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then return and continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes. If necessary, add a little oil in the pan.

  6. Serve alone with vegetables as a side dish or as a falafel pita in whole wheat pitas with garlic sauce (mix vegan sour cream and garlic) and/or hummus, cucumber, tomato, lettuce, turnips and onion.

Recipe adapted from Fraîchement Pressé : https://www.fraichementpresse.ca/recettes/falafels-maison-1.1645031