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Air Fryer Falafel Recipe

Air Fryer Falafel

Falafel is a popular street food eaten throughout the Middle East. It is inexpensive and super high in protein. Falafels are deep-fried patties made from smashed chickpeas, herbs, and spices. This healthy Air Fryer Falafel recipe is so crispy you will not believe that it is not deep-fried!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 persons


  • Air Fryer



  • 1 can Chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup Fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro
  • 2 clove Garlic
  • 1 Large shallot chopped
  • 3 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp Sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp Ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 Lemon juice only
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Spray olive oil for cooking

Tahini Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup Tahini
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 Lemon juice only
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Hot water



  • In a food processor, add the chickpeas, parsley, cilantro, garlic, shallot, flour, sesame seeds, cumin, paprika, lemon, and salt.
  • Blend until it comes together in a rough paste. It shouldn’t be completely smooth.
  • Place the mixture in a bowl and keep it in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • Once the mixture is chilled, form the falafel into 12 balls.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with some nonstick olive oil. 
  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 F.
  • Place the falafel balls into the air fryer basket. Spritz the falafel balls with olive oil spray.
  • Air fry the falafel for 15 minutes, turning halfway through until lightly browned.
  • Once cooked, serve the crispy Air Fryer Falafels with salad top with hummus or tahini sauce.

Tahini Sauce:

  • In a medium bowl, add the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and water together and whisk until they create a luscious, smooth sauce.
  • When you first add the water and lemon juice to the tahini, it will thicken up.
  • Continue whisking for a minute or so. Add some water to make it thinner when required.
  • Slowly add the water and continue whisking until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • f you prefer a brighter sauce, add more lemon. If it is too bitter, stir in 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup or honey. And if the flavor is too sharp, mellow it with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon olive oil.
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