Good For The Heart – Egyptian Falafel


by Karimah Bint Dawoud, Muslim Chaplain& Well Being Writer

Falafel are  small crunchy fried chickpeas patties usually sold in Middle Eastern fast food shops, wrapped in pitta bread with salad. They are usually made of chickpeas but in the Arab World other pulses are  used including black eyes peas and fava beans. are widely eaten in the Middle East. Chickpeas are also known as garbanzo beans.

 They are great for helping you lose weight as a study shows you will grace less processed food snack , when chick peas are in your diet.

 They regulate blood sugar and insulin

They contain fibre and are good for digestion.

They contain anti-oxidants

Good for the heart, 3/4 cup a day over a month will lower cholesterol

The Recipe


  • 2 cups dry chickpeas
  • bunch fresh coriander
  • bunch fresh parsley
  • 2 medium onion
  • 3-5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2-3 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp whole meal flour



  • soak chickpeas overnight or over a few days changing water , enough to cover them and 2cm more
  • then rinse and drain
  • place in food processor and chop
  • place in separate bowl
  • in processor finely chop coriander and parsley
  • place in separate bowl
  • chop 2 onions  in processor place in separate bowl
  •  crush garlic
  • in a central bowl place chickpeas , herbs and onion and garlic,
  • add spices, baking powder, salt and pepper and stir
  • gradually add in whole meal flour to bind it all together
  • using spoons ,hands or special falafel  shaper mould gold ball size shapes flatten and drop one by one into a wok, kerachi of sunflower oil than is medium hot
  • using a slotted metal spoon flip them over after 5 minutes to they cook on both sides
  • drain on kitchen paper


traditionally falafel are eaten on the move , wrapped in pitta bread with tahini sauce and salad , however if you are at home and don’t have that much of an active lifestyle you can just as easily eat these with salad

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