Traditional Middle Eastern crispy falafel is made with ground chickpeas, herbs, and spices. Naturally vegan vegetarian, and gluten- and dairy-free, falafel is perfect in wraps, pitas, and salads. It can be baked or fried, depending on your preference.
I'm embarrassed to admit this, but the first time I tried falafel I did not like it at all.
Hold on a second. Why in the world would I start my falafel recipe with a sentence like that, you ask? Well, I guess you'll just have to keep reading!
The first time I tried falafel it was at a mall food court from a crappy fast food gyro restaurant (you know the kind). The falafel was soggy and the flavor just felt off. Barf. So not a fan.
But, I can't say that a mall food court is a great way to be introduced to a new food.
Fast forward to when we traveled to the Middle East several years later. I'll admit, I was a little hesitant to give falafel another go after my first experience, but my goodness, I am sure glad I did! The true authentic falafel I tried from a street vendor in Israel blew that crappy American stuff right out of the water. This falafel was freshly baked, crispy on the outside and full of flavor! The way good falafel should be.
Since trying falafel abroad, I've been dying to make it. So here we are!
You'll be impressed with how easy it is to make. You basically just whir all of the ingredients in a blender, shape the mixture into balls, and then fry it or bake it and voila! So so easy!
If you like this recipe, you'll also want to try my other Middle Eastern inspired recipes!