Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins

I love burghul (cracked wheat) in falafel. These are delicious as a pita bread filling with tabbouleh and hommous. Prep time does not include soaking for the chickpeas or bulghur.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak chickpeas in water to cover for 12 hours.
  2. Boil in large saucepan for about 20 minutes, until soft (or you can use canned chickpeas, if desired).
  3. Drain and blend in food processor to a smooth paste.
  4. Soak bulghur in water to cover for 1 hour.
  5. Crush garlic with salt.
  6. Combine all ingredients except oil.
  7. Shape into balls and shallow-fry until brown (you can deep-fry if you like, or coat lightly with oil and bake until golden).
  8. The yield depends on the size of the falafels you prefer.
Most Helpful

Yummy, yummy! The recipe doesn't say how many tins of chickpeas make 300g, but I used 2 tins and the quantity was perfect for about 5 people. Love the garlic - delicious with cucumber/tomato salad and tabouli with fresh garden parsley and mint. (I swiped the bulgur from the tabouli bowl!). Dunno if the bulgur is an essential ingredient; there really wasn't much of it in there... but I guess it can't hurt! :-)

Jay3fer June 15, 2008

Really good falafel! I changed a few things according to our taste and what I had on hand. I increased chick peas to 2 cups and omitted the bulgur since I didn't have any. I doubled the garlic and tahini. I didn't have ground coriander so I used dried cilantro. Omitted peppers (DH allergic), cumin and egg (we're vegan). Also, halved the salt. We are falafel lovers and this end result was really nice. The egg really isn't necessary, so for those that are watching their fat/cholesterol intake or are vegan, feel free to substitute a tablespoon or two of water if you find that your mix is too dry. It should be just fine though...we've never used eggs and have been making falafels for years. I'll try it with the bulgur next time. Thanks for posting~ I'll update when I make it with bulgur. =)

Veronica144 March 21, 2008

Most excellent! Dear Hubby was blown away. This is delicious and easy. I used 1 can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans. ( I used Goya. The label listed the weight as 439 g but after rinsing and draining the beans weighed just under the 300g that the recipe called for.) I also didn't soak the bulgur for the whole hour. I gave it a few minutes on the counter then zapped it in the microwave. All the other seasonings were per recipe. Fantastic! Never buying another box or pouch at the store again. Thank you for posting!

ARJBoulanger February 28, 2011