Falafel | Nigerian Falafel Recipe | How to Make Falafel

Long before Pizza, Hamburgers and French fries, there was falafel – a classic Mediterranean dish that has been in existence for centuries. Falafel recipe is common vegetarian food and is one of the most recognized and commonly consumed popular street foods of the Middle East.

What is falafel?

Falafel is a deep-fried ball or a patty that is prepared using ground chickpeas or fava beans and spices. Falafel stands are as numerous in countries like Israel, Egypt and Syria just as fast food restaurants are here in Nigeria. Food vendors sell it on the street corners. 

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What is falafel made of?

Traditionally, falafel balls were made out of chickpeas, fava beans or some combination of both. Nowadays, falafel balls are generally made out of chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans).

The best falafel near me in Lagos is at EStudio Vegetariano, lovely Labanese Restaurant, lalitana Restaurant, La Esterella, etc. There you can find other variations like vegan falafel.

These classic falafel balls are a delicious alternative to meat. The base ingredient is chickpeas, making them a satisfying option suitable for vegans. Falafel balls are very similar to Nigerian Akara balls (Accara/Acaraje).

Nigerian falafel recipe is as easy as making meatballs. The key is to follow one rule: never, ever use canned chickpeas. You have to use dried chickpeas that have been soaked but not cooked to make falafel balls.

Nigerian Falafel Easy Recipe

Do you wonder how to make falafel from scratch? It is so simple. Just follow this best falafel recipe. In this homemade falafel recipe chickpeas which are high in protein and fibre take the center stage.

Falafel is a favorite among vegetarians. The falafel spices are important and should be personalized to taste.

The best part is opening the chickpea balls to expose the amazing green insides. Immerse them in tahini sauce/yogurt and put them straight in your mouth, or make wraps!

Falafel Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 1/2 large onion, roughly chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • Basil (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper(Cameroon pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4-6 tablespoons all-purpose flour/chickpea flour
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Recipe for Falafel Wrap or Falafel on Pita Sandwich Recipe

  • Tortilla
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Cucumber
  • Plain yogurt-Substitute for hummus or tahinni (falafel sauce)
  • Chili flakes
  • Lime to garnish

 Preparation/How to Make Falafel 

  1. First, put the chickpeas in a large bowl and add enough cold water to cover them by at least 2 inches. Allow to soak overnight.
  2. Then drain, rinse with fresh water and pat dry.
  3. Next, add the whole ingredients to the food processor. Pulse all the ingredients together pending when a rough, coarse meal forms.
  4. Once the desired consistency is reached, pour the mixture into a bowl and use a fork to stir; this will even out any rough texture. Get rid of any large chickpea chunks that the processor missed.
  5. Sprinkle the chickpea flour so that the dough easily forms a small ball and no longer sticks to your hands.

 Recipe note: Have it in mind that the balls will be delicate initially; if you can manage to get them into the hot oil, they will bind together and stick.

  1. In case this method didn’t work, try adding 2-3 tbsp of flour to the mixture.
  2. If they still won’t hold, add 1-2 eggs to the mix. This should finally fix any issues you are having.
  3. Fill a skillet with vegetable oil to a depth of 1 ½ inch. Heat the oil slowly over medium heat. The ideal temperature to fry falafel is between 360 and 375 ºf.
  4. Shape falafel with hands into balls. Then fry about 6 balls at once for a few minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels
  5. Finally, serve the falafel fresh and hot; they go best with falafel wraps. You can also stuff them into a pita,
Method for Making The Falafel Wrap
  1. Decant the yogurt into a bowl; add lemon juice, chili flakes and mix together till well combined.
  2. Then, slice the vegetables into desired sizes; put the tortilla into a microwave for about 40 seconds.
  3. Next, remove from the microwave and arrange the falafel and salad as desired.
  4. Finally, use the yogurt as a dip. Enjoy

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