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Fast, healthy and yummy: Super-quick falafels!

Updated 1. Nov 2021

These super-quick falafels are easy to make, tastes great and contains lots of protein from the chickpeas. They give a long-lasting feeling of satiety and contain few calories.

Falafel is originally a vegetable ball from the Middle East that tastes delicious in tortillas or pita bread. What about replacing the Friday taco with falafel?

These super-quick falafels are great for both lunch and dinner, and also fits well in a packed lunch or as part of a salad.

Why are these falafels so quick to make?

  • You use pre-cooked chickpeas in a tin.

  • They contain only dry spices and you do not need to cut anything.

  • You do not need a food processor, only a hand mixer, which gives less washing up afterwards (if you want to use a food processor, of course you can :)

Falafel, ingredients


Chickpea flour is the cheapest to buy in an Asian grocery store. Then it often says "grams of flour" on the package. Otherwise, you can find it on health food and in larger grocery stores.

Make a double portion! In that case, feel free to replace one of the chickpea tins with a tin of pre-cooked lentils.

You can make the batter the day before if you put it in the fridge.

To make falafles you need:

(For 3 servings, about 9 balls)
1 tin of chickpeas (= about 3.5 dl cooked chickpeas)
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
A handful of fresh coriander, chopped (alternatively 1/2 teaspoon dried coriander)
2 tablespoons water
1 tbsp oil
about 5 tablespoons chickpea flour

Falafel, ingredients in mixer

How to:

  1. Rinse and strain the chickpeas and pour them into a bowl. Add cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, baking powder, cardamom, chili powder, salt and coriander. Mix well.

  2. Stir in the water and oil. Mash to a fairly even batter with a hand mixer.

  3. Use two teaspoons and form round balls, or use your hands (moisten your hands with water, it will not stick so easily). Fry the balls on medium heat well with neutral oil. Tips! Feel free to fry a "sample ball" first. If this does not stick well, you should stir in more flour.

Falafel wrap

Falafels go well in tortilla or pita bread with a little salad, tomato and sour cream or Tzatziki (can be bought ready-made in a box).
Tips! If you have a sweet potato (boil first for 5 minutes and then fry in a pan with a little pepper and salt), it is an extra good addition.