Air Fryer Falafel

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Air Fryer Falafel

Falafel, a beloved staple in Middle Eastern cuisine, is renowned for its rich, savory flavor and hearty texture.

Traditionally deep-fried, this dish is getting a modern, health-conscious twist with the air fryer.

This Air Fryer Falafel Recipe presents a lighter, yet equally delicious version, perfectly aligning with today’s health trends.

It’s a gluten-free, vegan-friendly dish, packed with protein, making it an ideal choice for meal preps or a nutritious family dinner.

Air Fryer Falafel Ingredients

The foundation of a great falafel lies in its ingredients. This recipe calls for:

  • 2 cups (400 g) dried chickpeas
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp baking powder (optional)
  • Cooking spray
Air Fryer Falafel Recipe

Directions

  1. Soak Chickpeas: Begin by soaking the dried chickpeas in water for 18-24 hours.
  2. Blend Ingredients: Drain and pat dry the chickpeas. Blend them with herbs, spices, and seasonings in a food processor.
  3. Chill: Refrigerate the mixture for 45-60 minutes.
  4. Shape: Form the mixture into balls or patties.
  5. Air Fry: Spray the falafel and air fryer basket with cooking spray. Cook at 375 ºF (190 ºC) for 15 minutes, flipping halfway.

Notes

  • Shape Variations: Falafels can be shaped into balls or disks.
  • Oven-Baked Option: For oven baking, shape the mixture into patties and bake at 375F for 25-30 minutes.
  • Herbs and Spices: Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices to tailor the taste to your preference.
Easy Air Fryer Falafel Recipe

Nutrition

  • Calories: 63 per falafel ball
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fiber: 3g

FAQs

  1. Can I use canned chickpeas?
    • For the best texture, it’s recommended to use dried chickpeas soaked overnight.
  2. How long can I store the falafel mix?
    • The uncooked mixture can be refrigerated for up to three days or frozen for up to a month.

This Air Fryer Falafel recipe reinvents a classic, offering a healthier version that’s just as satisfying.

Exploring more air fryer recipes? Don’t miss these tasty Air Fryer Steak Bites for another quick and delicious meal idea!

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Air Fryer Falafel

Air Fryer Falafel

Enjoy a healthier twist on the traditional Middle Eastern falafel with this Air Fryer Falafel recipe. Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, these falafels are vegan, gluten-free, and perfect for a nutritious meal or snack.

  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 25 balls 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups (400 g) dried chickpeas
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp baking powder (optional)
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Soak the chickpeas in water for 18-24 hours.
  2. Drain and pat dry. Blend chickpeas, garlic, onion, parsley, cilantro, and spices in a food processor.
  3. Refrigerate the mixture for 45-60 minutes.
  4. Form into balls or patties.
  5. Spray falafel and air fryer basket with cooking spray. Cook at 375 ºF (190 ºC) for 15 minutes, flipping halfway.

Notes

  • Shape falafel into balls or disks based on preference.
  • Option to oven-bake; shape into patties and bake at 375F for 25-30 minutes.
  • Experiment with different herbs and spices for varied flavors.
  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes (including soaking time)
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer, Entree
  • Method: Air Frying
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 63
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 146 mg
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: .
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: air fryer, falafel, healthy, vegan, gluten-free

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