When I first started preparing my own falafel at home, I struggled with the right texture and taste. For instance, one of my favorite restaurants in Michigan, La Marsa, serves the best falafel I’ve ever tasted. Unfortunately, they deep-fry their falafel. Then, I learned the one trick to perfect falafel, using dried chickpeas instead of canned. Of course, I first Baked Falafel, which I loved, but I missed the crunch and taste of fried falafel. So, I figured why not try an air-fried falafel recipe.
Similar to my Baked Falafel recipe, my air-fried falafe recipel is oil-free, but it also tastes similar to La Marsa’s falafel I miss so much.
I buy my beans, legumes, and chickpeas on Amazon in bulk. They are cheaper and store well. In fact, buying food like this (especially if you are an Amazon Prime member) is great, because there isn’t any shipping cost, and it arrives in a day.
First of all, dried chickpeas absorb a lot of water. I cup of dried chickpeas, for instance, will expand 3 times its size, yielding 3 cups of chickpeas. So, when soaking chickpeas, always use a bowl three times the size and add 3 times the amount of water to cover the chickpeas. Then, soak the chickpeas overnight.
The trick, however, is you don’t ever cook the chickpeas for baked falafel. Instead, the chickpeas are drained and then rinsed a second time, prior to making the falafel dough.
Then, rinse the chickpeas before you plan to make the falafel mixture in a food processor. My Kitchen-Aid food processor is a large 9 cup variety, so the falafel mix can be made in one batch. If you have a smaller food processor, I suggest making in batches.
AIR-FRIED FALAFEL INGREDIENTS
- 2 cups dry chickpeas or garbanzo beans; soaked overnight
- 1/2 white onion, diced
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 1/4 cup chopped dill
- 5 cloves, minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons coriander
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon juice
- 2 1/2 Tablespoon chickpea flour (or flour of choice)
- 2 Tablespoons Tahini
USE A FOOD PROCESSOR TO MAKE AIR-FRIED FALAFEL DOUGH
Once the soaked chickpeas are soaked and rinsed, it’s time to make the baked falafel dough. First, you need to use a food processor to grind the chickpeas and make the falafel dough. Next, you simply add all the ingredients to the ground chickpeas and process on high until you achieve a grainy dough.
As a result, you will have a falafel dough which looks similar to this. Then, I use a melon baller or small cookie scoop to form my falafel balls.
HOW TO COOKED AIR-FRIED FALAFEL RECIPE IN AN AIR-FRIER…A LITTLE HELPFUL TRICK
In order to make oil-free falafel, that tastes great, there are a few other tricks. Since the falafel dough is a bit sticky, I suggest air frying in batches, a single layer at a time. This allows for the falafel to cook evenly. The other trick is how the falafel mixture is made. You need to pulse the mixture in the food processor. And, it is necessary to refrigerate the mixture for 1 hour to have it set up prior to cooking.
In order to batch cook, I suggest rolling the falafel mixture into balls or spheres and place them on a baking sheet and then transferring them to the air-fryer basket. However, instead of tossing the falafel around in the pan (because they are delicate), gently turn them over using a spatula or your fingers. Be careful, though, not to burn yourself. For some reason, after cooking all these years, my hands don’t really register heat. Haha.
WHAT IS MY FAVORITE AIR-FRIER?
In my opinion, the more simple the air-frier the better. Even though kitchen appliances are my favorite, you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a great air-frier. Instead, opt for one with high approval ratings, as well as easy to use. My GO-Wise Air-Frier , for example, is fairly inexpensive and is ridiculously easy to use. It even has pre-set settings for easy cooking.
HOW TO MAKE AIR-FRIED FALAFEL WRAP SANDWICH
Because I adore La Marsa’s falafel sandwich wrap, I figured I could replicate it at home with air-fried falafel. First, I chose a large spinach tortilla wrap. Next, I added a thin layer of my favorite hummus, Romaine lettuce, red onion, tomato, chopped dill pickles, and tahini sauce. At this point, you can eat it cold, or heat up a pan and crisp up the tortilla for a crunchy taste on the outside. Although the pickle might sound odd, it is incredible with the other ingredients.
I also decided to make some oil-free Steak Fries since the air-fryer was on the counter, and I love steak fries.
FREEZING AND REHEATING AIR-FRIED FALAFEL
If you have leftover falafel, place in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Similarly, air-fried falafel can be stored in a freezer in a ziplock.
For reheating, I recommend cooking in a 350°F oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Or, you can also reheat air-fried falafel in a microwave for 3-4 minutes.
DO YOU LOVE MEDITTERANEAN RECIPES? TRY THESE GREAT IDEAS:
- Mediterranean Couscous Salad
- Mediterranean Salad
- Mediterranean Vegan Quiche
- Greek Orzo Salad
- Skinny Roasted Greek Bowl
- Quinoa Greek Salad with OMG Oil-Free Dressing
- Skinny Vegan Greek Spinach Pie
- Skinny Greek Wrap Sandwich
- Vegan Greek Quesadilla
- Fattoush Salad
- Tofu Feta Cheese
- Baked Falafel
- Oil-Free Hummus and Tabbouleh Wrap