Easy Homemade Falafel

Falafels have been popularized in the last few years as we fell in love with these little mini size protein busters that have been popping up on menus everywhere. Today it is all about our garbanzo bean recipe and how to make healthy, hearty falafels made of garbanzo beans, garlic, spices, herbs and/or greens. In fact, coming up with different Falafel recipes is really a lot of fun. Here is one of our very deliciously created Falafel recipes we know you will also love. This Falafel recipe can be vegan and gluten free (with a flour exchange).

Not so many years ago many of us were asking what is a falafel? Well a falafel is a deep fried patty made from garbanzo beans, fava beans or both. We like our falafel to be 100% garbanzo bean/chickpea. It is a traditional Middle Eastern dish and is often served in a pita. They are also traditionally served with tzatziki. They are becoming more and more popular to make at home, and it is so very easy to do. We substituted the traditional parsley and cilantro in a falafel recipe with swiss chard and we think it sets this recipe apart. Also we like starting with a hummus base, it gives more flavor to the falafel as opposed to just starting with garbanzo beans.

Falafel’s can be made in the shape of a ball or a disc just prior to frying them. Overstuff a sandwich or pita with falafel, tzatziki and fresh vegetables such as arugula, tomatoes, cucumbers and pickles.

How to Make Falafel 

 Prep Time  10 Min
 Total Time 10  Min
 Number Ingredients
 Number of Servings 12 


Falafel Ingredients

  • 15 oz hummus 
  • 1 bunch swiss chard
  • 3 medium to large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1.5 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 3-4 Tbsp. flour soft white wheat or gluten free

Falafel Recipe Directions

  1.  Scoop hummus into food processor and add Swiss chard, onion, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, salt and pepper to a food processor and mix to combine until smooth.
  2. Once well incorporated transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in flour 1 Tbsp. at a time until the mixture is thick enough to handle – about 3-4 Tbsp.
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.  Shape falafels.
  4. Prepare a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat.  Add enough oil to more than cover the bottom of the pan.  You want enough oil for cooking, turning and cooking some more until a golden brown crust forms on the outside of your Falafel.  Remember to turn during cooking so they are evenly done.
  5. Comfortably fit as many Falafels in the pan at a time to cook.
  6. Check at the 1-2 minute mark to ensure they’re not browning too quickly. If they are, slightly reduce heat. Flip once deep golden brown – about 3-4 minutes.
  7. Cook until the underside is golden brown as well.
  8. Serve immediately with hummus and paprika, or inside a pita or sandwich with garlic sauce, hummus, or fresh vegetables.  Imagine it and you will love it!
  9. Falafels will be stored in the fridge, layered with parchment or wax paper in an airtight container for several days. Freeze if you want them to keep longer.

Comments 5

Palouse Brand on

We love to see recipes from our customers please tag us on whatever social you use! We have updated the recipe to include swiss chard, thank you guys for helping us make this post better!

R D Smith on

We (me and both my daughters) are gluten intolerant and wonder if the garbanzo flour is ground in the same mill as the wheat. We would love to be able to use the garbanzo bean flour but it matters very much for us if it is done on the same mill stone. We love your products and look forward to trying more of the various beans/lentils/peas. We want to try your pizza recipe. Do you accept recipe donations. We enjoy creating different dishes and might have some to share in time.

michael on

Agree with Rhonda….?? how much chard, with/without the rib?? and on parsley, flat leaf or curly… Thanks!!

Franca on

I have the same question as Rhonda. Would love to make it with Swiss chard as well as parsley and cilantro. Thank you.

rhonda on

ummmmm…there’s a problem with your recipe in that it calls for swiss chard (in lieu of parsley and cilantro), yet the recipe doesn’t include how much swiss chard to use in the recipe- can you please let me know how much as it’s not in your ingredient list. also, what if i don’t want to use swiss chard but have plenty of cilantro and parsley around- how much of each should i use in lieu of swiss chard???? thanks, rhonda

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