Budget-Friendly No-Fuss Falafel

These Budget-Friendly No-Fuss Falafel are soft, full of flavour and very tasty.

Homemade falafel balls in a bowl with lemon

Today’s Budget-Friendly No-Fuss Falafel are inexpensive, versatile and a real crowd pleaser. They’re also based on a time-honoured recipe that’s very simple to prepare.

Serves: Four
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 x 400g cans chickpeas, rinsed, drained
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3/4 cup coriander, finely chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, coarsely grated
  • 1/3 cup (50g) plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • sunflower oil, for shallow-frying


Using a food processor, process chickpeas until finely chopped and almost a paste. I don’t have a food processor, so I smash them in the mixing bowl with a heavy jar.

Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl. Add ground spices, garlic, herbs, onion and salt and pepper to taste, then mix well to combine. Add in flour, bicarbonate of soda and egg. Using your hands to mix is most effective. Roll a tablespoon-sized amount of mixture into walnut-sized balls. Place on a tray. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes (or overnight) to firm. From experience, you don’t really have to do this, but just be gentle when handling them.

Using a large, deep frying pan, fill it with a few centimetres of oil. Shallow-fry falafel in the heated oil, adjusting the temperature as required. Cook falafel in batches, turning to cook evenly.

Place cooked falafel on paper towels to drain.

Serve with hummus, plain Greek yoghurt, rice and salad of your choice.



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    18th Jan 2017
    Get some pork on your fork, not this Middle Eastern swill.
    18th Jan 2017
    I suppose you have only eaten meat and 3 veg all your life, plus "fish on Friday's" (where did that weird notion start ) Eddie.Yeah, that was a nasty comment, I suggest you get a life and try some of the bountiful foods that have come our way, and make delicious tasty meals. Don't be an ignoramus twit.
    18th Jan 2017
    Such a nasty comment Eddie, but I'm not surprised. This is very healthy delicious food, suitable for vegans and vegetarians, and everyone else. Totally yummy, I'd much rather eat this than the flesh of animals. And though it is halal, it won't turn you Muslim!
    18th Jan 2017
    I would also rather eat this than meat -- I did buy some from the supermarket and they were uneatable -- appalling -- would like to try and make them myself
    18th Jan 2017
    I was brought up in Australia in the 50s and 60s, and had never tasted pizza, spaghetti, salami, cheese other than cheddar (in the blue box, anyone remember that?) Fried rice, zucchini, capsicum, mango or any of that other foreign muck! So glad we now gave such a delicious array of foods in today's Australia ....
    18th Jan 2017
    I agree Jan I am not a meat lover at all but LOVE food with taste
    18th Jan 2017
    Jan - not suitable for vegans at all - cannot have eggs - however a true falafel does not have eggs
    Fast Eddie - broaden your taste buds - I too am a meat and 3 veg but love sampling all types of food
    18th Jan 2017
    Sorry, you are right, but I'm sure the original ones have no egg. I certainly make them vegan. The garlic yoghurt sauce is optional. Nice also made with broad beans

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