June 22, 2020

Jain Falafel - Video recipe

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Falafel is a middle eastern/Lebanese delicacy made using chick peas/ kabuli channa/ kondakadalai .
These are deep fried balls or patty made by grinding the soaked chickpeas with lots of spices which are commonly used even in Indian cuisine. You can call falafel as a close cousin of our Dal Vada /Aam vadai /paruppu vada.

Falafels traditionally are served stuffed in  Pita Bread ;which is a pocket type bread with some pickled salad and dips like Tahini and Hummus ;which are also a Lebanese delicacy. 

The first time I had these falafel was at a restaurant in Mumbai called Srinathji which specializes in serving delectable multi cuisine menu without using Onion and Garlic . I liked the taste and crunchy Falafels but soon forgot about it until I tasted it again at a proper Middle eastern restaurant during my stay in the US .

This time for our foodie blog hop Monday event  week #252 ,the theme was  Chana Time by Mayuri  and we had a choice of brown channa or chick peas to select as our main ingredient.  The moment she suggested these two , I jumped with joy and decided then and there that Falafel it is . I have tried to make the Jain version sans Onion and garlic but I shall give the method to prepare the regular Falafel also.  Check the notes section for the details .

Donot forget to check Mango Sriracha Hummus on Mayuri's blog which can be a perfect accompaniment for these falafels. 
Also, don't miss out some lipsmacking recipes from my blog made using chickpeas .

Chickpeas Vathakuzhambu (south Indian delicacy) 

Srinathji's have outlets in major cities, so do try visiting them once the lockdown is over and restrictions have been lifted .
For those in  Bangalore , you can try Srinathji's at Indiranagar on Krishna temple street .
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Soaking Time - 8 to 10hrs 
Preparation Time - 15 mins
Cooking Time - 30 to 40 mins
Makes 15 to 20 Falafels 

250 gms white chick peas/kabuli channa
1/2 bunch finely chopped coriander
1/4 bunch finely chopped parsley (optional)
15-20 mint leaves 
2 tsp pepper powder 
2 tsp roasted jeera powder 
3 to 4 green chillies 
Salt as needed 
Juice from 1/2 lemon


Check the video recipe on my YouTube channel given below and donot forget to subscribe to my channel.

  • Wash and soak the chickpeas for 8hrs or overnight in sufficient water. 
  • Drain the water and wash it once again .
  • In a blender add all the ingredients and grind into a fine paste . Add water little by little and grind . Donot add too much water else the batter will become runny.
  • We need a thick batter so that we can make balls easily.
  • Transfer this ground mixture to a mixing bowl and add 1 tablespoons white sesame seeds and mix it well.
  • Refrigerate it for 20 mins before frying .By doing this we can make balls easily and the  balls wont disintegrate while frying.
  • Heat the oil and make small balls and drop the balls in hot oil and fry on medium flame until they turn crisp and golden brown.
  • Serve with hummus or any dip of your choice. 
  1. You can add 1 finely chopped onion and 2 to 3 garlic cloves while grinding for making the non satvik version .
  2. Instead of balls you can shape them as bullets or cylindrical  shape and fry. 

Linking it to foodie Monday blog hop week #252 channa Time 


  1. Loved this onion garlic free version of Falafel. Looks so crispy crunchy, peefct to go with acup of adrak wali chai on a rainy evening.

  2. Falafel looks so crispy crunchy and delicious. Loved your Jain falafel version. I will try this no onion falafel soon. Also loved your click.

  3. Lovely no onions no garlic option. Falafel looks so crunchy and yum. I still will prefer it to any bhajiya.

  4. The falafel looks crunchy, delicious and absolutely perfect. Would be just right for the rainy weather in Bangalore these days. :)

  5. Jain Falafel look so inviting and so crunchy. Perfect snack to enjoy during the cold or rainy season. I love them with pita bread as it makes a perfectly filling meal.

  6. Jain falafel looks scrumptious.Perfect Snack for this cold weather. Perfect snack!!

  7. Jain falafel looks very crispy, perfect for coming season and love to have it as evening snack with some hot chai. Adding jeera powder and white sesame seeds surely added good taste to it.

  8. Jain falafel sounds so tempting Priya ! Who can deny to have these crisp and delicious snack particularly during rainy evening tea time :) Perfect share ....

  9. super stuff ! this jain version is equally intriguing and delicious... perfct with a some chutney or hummus..


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