This Indian-style baked Falafel recipe gives you the perfect Falafel that is crispy from outside with a soft center.
Vegan & gluten-free Falafel recipe in Air-Fryer is a wonderful way to retain all the nutrients of chickpeas that are otherwise lost in deep frying. It shows how even oil-free recipes can also be full of taste and lip-smacking.
HUMMUS and Falafel sandwiched in PITA BREAD makes a perfect meal.
When I tried Falafels in my Phillips air fryer, they came out superb, keeping all the nutrients intact. Also, making falafel in the air fryer is not only guilt-free but is also a breeze. Just gather all the ingredients, make balls and then the air fryer will do its job of making them crispy.
Airfryer is a very handy and useful appliance. I love using it. Ever since I have got my Philips air fryer, I have been looking for all that can be air-fried. Potatoes for Dum Alloo or for chaat, paneer for Matar Paneer/Pulao, nuts n onions for Biryani, frozen items, masala peanuts, breadsticks, cutlets/kebabs are some of the items I have been successfully doing in the air fryer. Day by day my usage of the air fryer is being increased. And the latest I made falafel in the air fryer. If you want to know about the pros and cons of air fryer and some other air fryer recipes then read my post Is Air Fryer Worth It?
What is Falafel? What is Falafel Made of?
Falafel is a famous Middle Eastern street food made of chickpeas. In simple words, Falafels are chickpeas fritters served either as a snack with dips like Tahini or Hummus.
Also, you can make Falafel wraps or burgers by tucking it in the pockets of pita bread.
Is Falafel Healthy?
Falafels are healthy but if baked, only then. Chickpeas are low in fat without any cholesterol but unfortunately, falafel, being fried, absorbs a lot of fat and thus the nutrients are overpowered by fat. So, if we can avoid fat then nothing like it. Thus, baked falafel is healthy.
Especially for vegetarians, these are a boon as chickpeas are loaded with proteins and are super healthy food in themselves.
It is rich in protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and nutrients like calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, etc.
Tips For Perfect Outcome
- First of all, the chickpeas should be properly soaked. Soak till they become double in size. Like 1 cup chickpeas when soaked easily become 2 cups. Soak overnight or for 4 to 5 hours. Shall I give you a tip? If you do not have much time then soak these in a casserole in lukewarm water, your job will be done in almost half the time.
- Secondly, while grinding, keep it coarse and do not make a paste out of it.
- Do not use any water while grinding. As onions will also release some water while grinding.
- I prefer grinding it in my food processor. I add everything… soaked chickpeas, cilantro, parsley, and spices in the food processor and then grind it.
- If you grind it in a grinder then keep a watch that they are not overdone. Also, do not add parsley, onion, etc while grinding in the grinder. Just grind the chickpeas coarsely and then add all other things.
- Add little chickpeas flour (besan) for binding. Chickpeas flour makes it gluten-free and healthy too. You can add oatmeal or all-purpose flour also instead of chickpeas flour.
- Keep the mixture in the refrigerator for at least half an hour. During this time starch will seep out and will facilitate the process of making balls.
- After half an hour, take out the mix, make balls and cook as you wish… air fryer or oven or deep fry or pan fry.
‘This recipe is more or less adapted from here and it makes scrumptious Falafels.
Step By Step Recipe
- Soak chickpeas for at least 4 to 5 hours.
Do you know WHY SOAKING CHICKPEAS IS IMPORTANT?
- Roughly chop parsley, cilantro, onion, and garlic.
(You may skip parsley completely and use only green coriander and thus give this recipe an Indian touch)
- Put soaked and drained chickpeas, chopped onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro and salt, pepper in the food processor.
- Grind coarsely.
- Add chickpeas flour.
- Mix everything and keep this mix in the refrigerator at least for half an hour (you may keep it for more time also)
- After half an hour, take out the mix from the refrigerator.
- Start preheating the air fryer. Preheat it at 180 degrees C for 3 minutes.
- During this time make Falafel balls.
- Brush oil on the air fryer basket and keep the balls in it. You may brush oil on the balls too if you like (I didn’t).
- Air fry for about 15 minutes, flipping after every 5 to 6 minutes.
- Or, tuck them in pockets of air fryer, apply hummus and lettuce, etc, and serve. (I served without any salad as I didn’t have any that day))
Q) I do not have an air fryer? Can I bake these in the Otg?
No problem. In the absence of an air fryer, cook these in an Appe pan or in the oven or pan-fry them. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C for 10 minutes, brush oil on the baking tray and lay falafels on it.
Q) Can I deep fry these falafel balls?
Sure, why not? If you want to deep fry these falafels then add a little more chickpeas flour so that they bind properly. Add one falafel in hot oil. If it breaks or falls apart then add a little more chickpeas flour.
Q) Shall I use raw or boiled chickpeas for making Falafel?
I have tried falafels with both raw as well as boiled chickpeas. But seriously, nothing to match with the Falafels made with raw chickpeas. Soaked chickpeas, when grounded with herbs like parsley and onion-garlic then, believe me, the aroma it gives is simply mind-blowing. They are made so easily whereas the ones made with boiled chickpeas fall apart and is slightly ticklish to make.
Easy Falafel RecipeBaked Falafel retains all the nutrients of chickpeas which are unfortunately lost in deep frying.
- air fryer
- Food Processor
My 1 Cup= 240 ml
- 1 Cup 200 g Chickpeas Kabuli Chana
- 1 Piece Onion Chopped Roughly
- 3 to 4 Cloves Garlic Crushed
- 1/2 Cup Parsley Roughly Chopped
- 1/4 Cup Cilantro Roughly Chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
- Black Pepper as per taste
- Salt as per taste
- 2 Tablespoon Chickpeas Flour Gram flour or Besan
- Wash chickpeas thoroughly and soak them in enough water for 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
- Roughly chop onion, garlic, parsley and cilantro.
- Once chickpeas are properly soaked and doubled in size, drain all the water and put them in the food processor.
- Add chopped onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, salt and pepper.
- Grind coarsely everything. It looks like a crumbled dough and is wet also because of onions.
- Take out this crumbled dough in a bowl and add very little chickpeas flour until no longer wet and you can form balls out of it. It should not stick to your hands. If it does, add little more chickpeas flour.
- Keep the dough in the refrigerator for at least half an hour. If possible for an hour or two. This resting period allows the excess starch to seep out and mixture binds together easily, thus becomes easy to form balls.
- Preheat air fryer for 3 minutes at 180 degrees C.
- Mix and make medium sized balls.
- When the air fryer is preheated, take out the basket of air fryer and keep the balls in it and put the basket back in the air fryer. You may brush the air fryer basket before keeping Falafel balls in it.
- After 7 to 8 minutes. flip the balls so that they are properly cooked from both the sides.
- After another 6 to 7 minutes, see that the falafels are properly cooked and golden in colour.
- Serve these with hummus or with pita bread and hummus.
- Ensure that you soak chickpeas in enough water as they absorb water and swell after some time.
- Before grinding, put the soaked chickpeas in the strainer so that all water drips out.
- If grinding in the grinder then it is better to grind chickpeas only. When coarsely grounded then add other ingredients like onion etc.
- In the absence of an air fryer, cook these in an Appe pan or in the oven or pan-fry them.
- For baking in Otg, preheat it to 180 degrees C for 10 minutes, brush oil on the baking tray and lay falafels on it.
- If you want to deep fry these falafels then add a little more chickpeas flour so that they bind properly. Add one falafel in hot oil. If it breaks or falls apart then add a little more chickpeas flour.
- Before air frying, you may brush little oil on the balls.
You may PIN this How to make FALAFEL IN AIR FRYER to try later:
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Thanks, Samira! Love this recipe, and your blog.
Thank you so much Velene for stopping by and liking it.
Recipe looks good but you don’t really say when you put the cumin in. I am guessing it just goes in the Cuisinart with the other ingredients at the same time.
Thank you so much. Ya, you are right, it goes in while mixing other ingredients. Thanks for pointing it out, I will add it there too.
Great. I made it this morning! In fridge, ready to shape and AF tonight when I get home. 🙂
Will wait for the final feedback, if possible, with pic.
Hi again, I liked the recipe so much, this is the second time I’ve made them! 😋 I would post a picture but I don’t see how I can do that?
Hi Wendy, Thank you so much!
Even I would love to see the pic.
You can mail it or share it on my FB page or Instagram, tagging me as #samirasrecipediary. Waiting for it.
First time making falafel. Turned out great and everyone loved them. So easy. Will be making them every week.
That’s wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your valuable feedback.