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Air-Fried Falafel

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Air-Fried Falafel are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and packed with delicious flavor! Stuff them in pita bread and top with tomatoes, parsley and a drizzle of Tahini sauce and there you have it;  a vegan, healthy and easy to make meal! Falafel and Tahini sauce is one of those amazing flavor pairings.

Air-Fried Falafel

These Air-Fried Falafel balls are a lightened up version of the traditional Lebanese falafel that is deep fried! Instead of deep frying them in oil, I bake them in the Air Fryer where they crisp up to golden brown perfection. This Air Fryer was best addition to my kitchen! 

 What is Falafel?

Falafel is popular Middle Eastern street food, made with deep-fried ground chickpea balls or patties. Falafel is commonly served in a pita pocket or wrapped in a flatbread, topped with some herbs, veggies and tahini sauce. Falafel is also vegan and gluten free . A Wonderful healthy recipe for an easy meatless family meal everyone will enjoy!

Air fryer falafel

 

Air-Fried Falafel Ingredients:

  • Chickpeas

  • Onion

  • Parsley

  • Garlic

  • Cumin

  • Black pepper

  • Salt

  • Corn starch

How to Make Air-Fried Falafel:

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  • Soak the chickpeas. Plan ahead and soak dry chickpeas in water overnight or up to 24 hours to soften them. 
  • Process. Using a food processor, pulse soaked chickpeas with onion, parsley, garlic, corn starch and spices. Keep pulsing until a coarse texture forms. If you forgot to soak them overnight, no problem. Bring a pot of water to boil, remover from heat, add the chickpeas and soak for 1 hour covered. 
  • Make the falafel mixture. Using a food processor, add the soaked chickpeas, parsley, onion, garlic, salt, spices and corn starch and process until everything is blended together. 
  • Chill. Let the falafel mixture rest for an hour in the fridge to allow it to firm up; making it easier to form the falafel balls.  Speed things up, and stick it in the freezer for 20 minutes instead. 
  • Form the falafel. I use my hands to form the falafel it into a golf ball shape, but you can use a small cookie scoop or get fancy and use a falafel scoop to get the authentic falafel disk shape, if you’d like.
  • Air Fry. Fifteen minutes in the air fryer and you’ll have perfectly crispy, golden-brown falafels ready to eat.
     
     

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WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS AIR FRYER FALAFEL RECIPE

  • Quick and easy recipe
  • Crispy and fluffy falafel
  • Healthier than traditional deep- fried falafel
  • A wonderful meatless recipe the whole family will love
  • Gluten Free and Vegan!
  • Great for meal prepping!

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Baked Falafel Option:

If you don’t own and air fryer, then you should get yourself one now! 🙂 You can also bake the falafel balls at 400F. Place the falafel balls on the greased baking sheet. Drizzle generously with olive oil, and bake for 30 minutes. Flipping half way though until golden brown and crisp on the outside. Try not to overbake them, as they tend to dry out. 

Tips for Making the Best Air-Fried Falafel Recipe:

  1. Used dried, NOT canned chickpeas. The perfect cakey, crumbly texture comes from dried chickpeas that have been soaked, but not cooked, before being blended into patties. Make sure to soak dried chickpeas ahead of time to make this recipe. Substituting cooked, canned chickpeas does not work here – your falafel will turn out wet and mushy.
  2. If your falafel mixture is too crumbly when shaping the falafel balls. Stick it back in the fridge for another half an hour or until it hardens up. 
  3. If your falafel mixture is too wet. Add more corn starch. 
  4. Spray falafel balls generously with cooking oil before air frying. This will help get nicely crisp and golden brown falafel. Also spray again when when you flip them half way through cooking. 
  5. Don’t over crowd your air fryer basket. To help them cook evenly. 

How to Serve Falafel:

My favorite way of serving falafel is in a pita pocket or flatbread wrap, topped with veggies and tahini sauce. But you can also enjoy it on a salad, or with hummus on the side.

How to Store Air-Fried Falafel:

  • Air-fried falafel can be stored in an airtight container in fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in the air fryer at 350 F for about 15 minutes or until warmed through.
  • Uncooked falafel balls freeze so well, making meal prep super easy. After forming the falafel balls, arrange on a baking sheet or tray and stick it in the freezer for few hours until the falafel balls harden up. Then place in a freezer-safe container or bag. They will keep well for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator before cooking. 

How to Serve Falafel:

My favorite way of serving falafel is in a pita pocket or flatbread wrap, topped with veggies, herbs such as tomatoes, and parsley and finished with a drizzle of tahini sauce. But you can also enjoy it on a salad, or with hummus on the side.

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These air fryer falafel get so crispy on the outside and incredibly fluffy on the inside, so  delicious! I could eat these every day!  

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How to Make Falafel in Air Fryer:

air fried vegan falafel

Air-Fried Falafel

Yield: 30 Falafel Balls
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Air-Fried Falafel are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and packed with flavor. A great vegan, healthy and easy to make meal! 

Ingredients

Instructions

Crispy Falafel in Air Fryer:

  1. Place chickpeas in a large bowl and cover with at least 2 inches water. Soak overnight. When the chickpeas are soaked, drain the water and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  2. Place the uncooked, soaked chickpeas and all the remaining ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the chickpeas are finely minced. The mixture will have a coarse texture.
  3. Rest this mixture at least an hour in the fridge to allow it to firm up. This step will make shaping the falafel balls much easier.
  4. Preheat air fryer to 380°F.
  5. Scoop two heaping tablespoons of the mixture, and using your hands or a cookie scoop shape the falafel mixture into a golf ball shaped ball.
  6. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil and arrange the falafel balls in the basket without crowding the basket, so they cook evenly. Spray the falafel balls with cooking/olive oil spray as well and cook for 15 minutes, flipping over halfway through. 
  7. Repeat this process for the rest of the mixture.
  8. Serve the falafel balls in a pita pocket or flatbread wrap, topped with veggies and tahini sauce or add it to your favorite salad and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 27Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 108mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

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