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Air-Fryer Falafel

Total Time

Prep Time: 10 min. + soaking Cook Time: 15 min./batch

Makes

16 pieces

Falafel are a popular street food in the Middle East. The crispy fried chickpea fritters are crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside and full of flavor from cilantro, mint, coriander and nutty sesame seeds. These air-fryer falafel are gluten free on top of it all. Parsley can be added or used instead of mint. —Nithya Narasimhan, Chennai, India
Air-Fryer Falafel Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried garbanzo beans or chickpeas
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, optional
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Cooking spray

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cover beans with water. Stir in baking soda. Cover and let stand overnight. Drain beans; rinse and pat dry.
  2. In a food processor, pulse cilantro and mint until finely chopped. Add beans, garlic, salt, pepper if desired, coriander and chili powder. Pulse until blended and texture of coarse meal. Transfer to a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat air fryer to 375°. Stir in sesame seeds and baking powder. Shape into sixteen 2-in. balls. Arrange 8 balls in a single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket; spritz with cooking spray. Cook until golden brown, 12-15 minutes, turning occasionally.

Air-Fryer Falafel Tips

Why did my falafel fall apart in the air fryer?

Your falafel could be falling apart because the mixture wasn’t pulsed long enough in the food processor, leaving the pieces too large to bind together. Make sure you blend until the mixture is the texture of coarse meal. Here are more air-fryer cooking tips for the best results.

How do you reheat falafel in the air fryer?

Reheat falafel at 375°F in the air fryer for about 5 to 7 minutes or until heated through and crispy. If you’d like to make this falafel recipe ahead of time, you can place the uncooked falafel on a sheet tray and freeze them. Once frozen, put them in a freezer-safe container or bag and place them back in the freezer. They will last up to 6 months frozen.

What do you serve with air-fryer falafel?

Falafel can be served a number of ways including in a pita, on a salad or in lettuce wraps. Toppings that pair especially well with falafel include cucumbers, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, tomatoes and tabouleh. Or, try putting falafel on this gyro salad with tzatziki dressing. There are several sauces that go well with falafel, like hummus, tahini, garlic sauce and tzatziki.

Sarah Tramonte, Taste of Home Associate Culinary Producer
Air Fryer Cook Times
In our testing, we find cook times vary dramatically between brands of air fryers. As a result, we give wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts

4 pieces: 144 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 762mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 16g fiber), 9g protein.

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