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Fried falafel with sauce on a plate.

Falafel Recipe (with Tahini Sauce)

This Falafel Recipe makes the best, crispy balls of chickpeas with spices, garlic, onion and parsley. Serve them with tahini sauce for a delicious meal!

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword falafel
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
soaking time 12 hours
Total Time 13 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 344 kcal
Author Anna


for falafel:

  • 2 cups chickpeas dried, not canned
  • 1 cup parsley see note
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • oil for frying

for the sauce:

  • ½ cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Rinse chickpeas and place them in a large bowl. Add enough water to cover the beans with 3 inches above them. The chickpeas with triple in size so you want to give them plenty of water. Let soak overnight (about 12 hours).
  2. Drain and rinse chickpeas.
  3. Place them in a food processor and add parsley, roughly chopped onion, garlic, spices but not the baking powder.
  4. Process until the mixture comes together. Do not overprocess. You don't want a paste.
  5. Place mixture in the same bowl you soaked chickpeas (for ease of clean up) and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  6. Pour enough oil into a saucepan to come up to 3 inches on the sides. Heat up until it reaches 3750 degrees F.
  7. Add baking powder to falafel mixture and stir in.
  8. Shape the mixture into balls (scoop about 2 tablespoons of the dough).
  9. Fry them in batches to not overcrowd the pot. Fry until brown and crispy.
  10. Place falafel on a plate with a paper towel to drain the excess oil.
  11. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  12. In a food processor, combine tahini, lemon juice, water, garlic and salt. Process for 15 seconds. Add more water if needed. The sauce should be thick.
  13. Serve falafel with sauce.

Recipe Notes

  • Traditional falafel has cilantro. You can add 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup along with parsley.
  • This recipe makes about 20 falafel balls.
  • Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
Nutrition Facts
Falafel Recipe (with Tahini Sauce)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 344 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 613mg27%
Potassium 672mg19%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1359IU27%
Vitamin C 30mg36%
Calcium 184mg18%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.