Falafel 15 Comments

Aug 6, 2008

Falafel to our family is like mac and cheese to most people. My mum would make us falafel about every couple of weeks. We would beg her to make it for us because it was so tasty. We loved eating it. An added bonus to us kids was that we didn’t have to sit at the dinner table, since it was wrapped in pita bread, we could go outside to play and eat it.

The spices differentiate Mum’s falafel from all the other falafel recipes I’ve tried. She uses a Middle-Eastern blend called seven spices. Seven spices consists of: ground black pepper, paprika, cumin, coriander, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamon. The combination is incredible and creates incredible depth to the chickpea, garlic, parsley and onion mix.

The condiments mum includes in each wrap are: tahini sauce, slices of tomato, lettuce and pickled turnips.

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2.2 pounds chickpeas
3 medium yellow onions
1 head of garlic
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
½ bunch fresh cilantro or 2 tablespoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons seven spices
¼ cup chopped parsley
¼ teaspoon bicarbonate soda
Vegetable oil for frying



Prep Time

24 hours overnight + 1 hour

Cook Time

15 minutes


Wash chickpeas and leave soaking overnight in water.

Next day—drain chickpeas very well.

In a mixer add chickpeas, 3 onions, head of garlic, salt, pepper, coriander, seven spices and parsley and blend really well.

Mix ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate soda into falafel mixture.

Store in fridge for 1 hour.

Using a spoon create a round falafel patty.

Heat oil very well and fry until golden brown.

You can freeze the falafel mixture and use. Just leave the bicarbonate soda out. Add the soda to the mixture once it’s thawed.

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Main Course, Vegetables and Middle Eastern Recipes

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You mean turnips? pickeled turnips.

—Antoine, over 5 years ago

yes pickled turnips. Ursula

—ursula, over 5 years ago

I made this, it was the first time my falafel did not break during frying. Thanks for the recipe.

—Delilah, over 5 years ago

The turnips are pickled in the vinegar-juice of pickled beets that gives them the pink look.

Thanks for your recipe-sounds yummi!
What is "seven spices"?

—Rosette, over 5 years ago

What is Seven Spices? I've never heard of that one.

Melinda, over 5 years ago

Hi Melinda,
Seven Spices, is an Arabic blend of spices, consisting of the following spices:
ground black pepper, paprika, cumin, coriander, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamon.

—Ursula, over 5 years ago

Thank you! I googled and found a 'recipe' for it and have made my own. Smells divine! I'll be making these Falafel's this weekend. Yum!

Melinda, over 5 years ago

you can substitute 7 spices with Allspice. I always do in all my lebanese dishes.

—Bernadette, over 4 years ago

These sound great. I'm always on the look out for good recipes that will provide food that is easy for the kids to eat - without making too much mess.

JasonP, over 4 years ago

So you don't boil the chickpeas before mixing everything together? Maybe that's the secret to keeping them from falling apart when frying, which happens to me every time!

Laura, over 4 years ago

I made your falafel recipe today. Delicious, much better than mine. Keep on posting them., I really enjoyed janespice.com.

—Mike, over 4 years ago

Looks delicious but where can you get "seven spices"? I looked around and couldn't find it anywhere.

Matt Gold, over 3 years ago

This looks like a great recipe for me to try. Simple and tasty.

John Car, over 3 years ago

You can get seven spice at the Indian grocery store also. It is called garam masala.

—Humble, over 2 years ago

You can also get seven spices at a Middle Eastern store where they sell fresh baked pita bread. The store I go to also has a spice blend that is just called "Falafel Spice".

—Colleen, over 2 years ago

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