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This is a pretty traditional falafel recipe, as made and appreciated in our local hackerspace, Hack42. It feeds 10 hungry hackers when served as a meal. It makes enough falafel for 30 to 35 pita sandwiches.

Falafel is a popular snack and main dish from the Middle East. It's eaten in many countries nowadays, as an increasingly common and well-loved part of international streetfood cuisine. It's a tasty and savoury vegetarian, and even vegan, snack that's nutritious and filling. Since it combines a legume (chick peas) with a grain (wheat) it contains valuable proteins.

The barebones base of a falafel sandwich consists of the falafel itself and the pita bread. What then truly makes it great are the greens, the trimmings and the sauces. They will all be discussed in this Instructable.

Step 1: Gather your ingredients

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Note: If you do not like or do not react well to cilantro, you might as well stop reading here.

For the falafel itself:

  • 1 kilo dried chick peas
  • Some chick pea flour, in case of wetness
  • 1 pack of baking powder
  • Fresh cilantro (a handful)
  • Fresh parsley (same)
  • Ground cilantro
  • Ground cumin
  • Optional: cilantro seeds, coarsely ground in a mortar
  • Garlic (fresh or powdered)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Pita bread (30 to 40 depending on size)

Greens, trimmings and sauces will be listed in their own respective steps.

There is nothing better than falafel a made from scratch and eating them with fresh sliced cucumbers!
killbox3 years ago
Try cooking it in a waffle iron! http://www.flickr.com/photos/killbox/391738802/
Jayefuu killbox3 years ago
Interesting! Instructable?
Moem (author)  killbox3 years ago
Wow. That is... very, very interesting.
Faha3 years ago
Haha, this is nice. Thanks for the tips. I'm going to make this tomorrow.
Moem (author)  Faha3 years ago
Glad you like it, let me know how it turns out!
lurwah3 years ago
OmNomNom... Recommended!
Moem (author)  lurwah3 years ago
Thank you... for helping!
The toppings make these sound especially good. Yum!
Moem (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
Thanks! That means a lot, coming from someone who obviously knows her falafel.