Falafel – a favourite Middle Eastern snack/appetizer was introduced to me by a girlfriend. Freshly made falafel in pita bread with some spicy condiments and salads – oh, I was in heaven..
Found an easy recipe in 1 of my recipe books collection, “The African & MiddleEastern Cookbook” recently and adapted it to suit using our newly bought Tefal Airfryer instead of deepfrying in oil was a consolation of healthier eating.. 🙂

Airfried Falafel 1


  • 450g bottled or tinned chickpeas
  • 2 red onions, peeled and chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • vegetable oil, if deep-frying
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • salad, to serve



    Serves 6
    Prep time 55 mins
    Cook time 15 mins
    Total time 70 mins
total time

Airfried Falafel


  1. Drain and rinse chickpeas in cold water several times and leave to drain.
  2. Prepare onions, garlic and parsley.
  3. Put chickpeas, onions, garlic and parsley into a blender together with ground coriander and cumin, baking powder and seasoning and blend till a very smooth paste.
  4. Allow mixture to stand at room temperature for at least 30 mins.
  5. Take walnut-sized pcs of mixture and flatten into small patties. Set aside again for abt 15 mins.
  6. If using Airfryer or Oven: lightly spray tray with some vegetable oil, place mixture slightly apart on tray and bake falafel at 180C for abt 12-15 mins till golden brown.
  7. If Deep-frying: Heat oil in a deep heavy pan till very hot and deep-fry in batches till golden brown.
  8. Drain on kitchen paper and serve hot with a salad and/or pita breads.

Airfried Falafel 4

Airfrying or baking’s quite different from deep-frying; that’s for sure. But it’s so minor that I find I can accept it.. Still yummy airfried or baked, tho.. 🙂

This is how our Tefal Airfryer looks like:
Tefal Airfryer

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