Cuisinart original

The food processor makes it possible to whip up this Middle Eastern street food staple in your own home! Remember to soak the chickpeas the night before.


Yield: 24 falafel


2    garlic cloves, peeled
1    small shallot, cut into 1-inch pieces
1    cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight,
      rinsed and drained
1    teaspoon kosher salt
⅛   teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1    teaspoon ground cumin
½   teaspoon ground coriander
⅛   teaspoon chili powder
⅔   cup packed fresh Italian parsley –
      stems and leaves
2    tablespoons plus ½ cup unbleached,
      all-purpose flour, divided
½   teaspoon baking soda
2    tablespoons water
      vegetable oil, if frying
      olive oil, if baking
      pita, for serving
      chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, and
      lettuce, for serving
      tahini (optional)

Nutritional information

Nutritional information per falafel:
Calories 96 (15% from fat) • carb. 16g • pro. 5g • fat 2g • sat. fat 0g • chol. 0mg • sod. 314mg • calc. 34mg • fiber 5g


1. Insert the chopping blade into the work bowl of the food processor. Add the garlic and shallot and pulse to chop, about 5 times. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and pulse another 2 to 3 times. Add the chickpeas, salt, pepper, spices, parsley, and 2 tablespoons of the flour. Pulse 10 to 12 times to coarsely grind the chickpeas. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then process on Low for 10 to 15 seconds until finely ground. Reserve ²∕³ cup in a separate bowl.
2. Dissolve the baking soda in the water and with the unit running on Low, pour through the feed tube. Process for 15 to 20 seconds to blend well. Add to bowl with reserved mixture. Stir well to combine.
3. Using a tablespoon, scoop chickpea mixture and shape into 24 balls (you can also make larger falafel using a 2-tablespoon scoop for 12 falafel balls). Place the balls on a tray or plate lined with wax paper and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Put the remaining ½ cup of flour in a shallow bowl and set aside.
4. Fill a 3-quart saucepan with enough oil to reach ¼-inch depth and place over medium-high heat until an inserted thermometer registers 375°F.* Roll the falafel in the flour, shaking off any excess, and drop into the oil. Cook the falafel in batches, no more than 5 at a time, for about 2½ to 3 minutes, turning halfway through until browned and crisp.
5. Remove to a paper towel-lined sheet tray and repeat with remaining falafel.
6. Serve falafel with sliced pita, veggies and a drizzle of tahini, if desired.
* If choosing to bake instead: Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and drizzle with olive oil. Skip the step of coating the falafel in flour and arrange on the parchment.
Drizzle with more oil, turning to coat the balls all over. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, turning halfway through until browned and crisp.