falafel pita is one of the most loved middle eastern street food. You will find it everywhere from malls in Mumbai to eateries in Melbourne. It is world famous and has fans everywhere. You can serve them as a falafel bowl with salad, olives, pita bread and tzatziki sauce, and a drizzle of tahini sauce. Other ways of serving this is as falafel sandwich and wraps. cooking method for this delicious falafel is generally deep frying. air fry falafel to make it a healthier option for snacking. You can make them from scratch or use frozen falafel when you want to enjoy this popular middle eastern dish.
Best part is, this golden brown patty is vegan and can be made gluten free. It is not extra spicy to even kids can have it when they are outside. Also, it is rich in proteins due to chickpeas. Herbs make it look interesting and this way you can give kids more salad to go with the patty.
What is falafel?
It is a crunchy patty which is made with fresh herbs and ground chickpeas. We fry it in hot oil, when we make it the traditional way. Homemade falafel can be amazing too without the frying part and still retain the crunch of the original recipe. You can easily make this as falafel air fryer recipe.
You may eat this air fried falafel as it is or with some salad or bread. It actually reminds me of dal vada as both are made of garbanzo beans. You can also serve it with salad leaves, pickled onions cucumbers and with fresh veggies. Throw in some pita bread or make a falafel shawarma. Have it with zaatar, wraps or just plain sandwich buns. Add some hummus dip to it or baba ganoush.
Travel trivia: Great places to have falafel in Melbourne are A1 bakery, Kevabs and Half moon cafe.
- frozen falafel
- olive oil
refer to recipe card for details.
- Air fryer
- Parchment paper with holes / baking sheet
- pastry brush
How to make frozen falafel in air fryer?
Preheat the air fryer at 180 deg C | 355 deg F for 5 mins. Meanwhile remove uncooked falafel from packaging.
Place the frozen falafel in the air fryer basket in a single layer after keeping a baking sheet.
Brush oil on the falafel bites. Air fry the frozen falafel for 7-9 mins at 180 deg C | 355 degrees F.
You can make traditional falafel with dry chickpeas.
You can make easy falafel recipe with canned chickpeas too if you do not have time to soak dried chickpeas. Just use 3 cups of canned chickpeas after draining the water. Just use same recipe for air fryer falafel with canned chickpeas.
You can also try baking falafel in oven too if you do not want to fry in the traditional way. Generally oven takes 30% more cooking time.
You can also use fava beans, lima beans or great northern beans to make this recipe. You can also use red lentils or green moong to make it.
Crispy falafel can be stored in refrigerator for 3-4 days in an airtight container in a refrigerator. Air fry leftover falafel immediately for 5 minutes in a preheated air-fryer anytime you wish to eat them.
More Mediterranean recipes?
It is served on room temperature.
Felafel is deep fried chickpea patties made with herbs & spices. Mint, fresh parsley, dill usually make it green from inside.
trader joe’s frozen falafel,Afia Foods Falafel,Franklin Farms Baked Falafel Balls, Fabalish Falafel Bites, Sol Cuisine Spicy Mediterranean Style, Yves Veggie Cuisine Falafel Balls, Eat Gud Falafel are some great brands you can try.
Air fryer frozen falafel recipe | frozen falafel in airfryer
- baking sheet / parchment paper
- olive oil spray optional
- 1 packet frozen falafel patties
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- Preheat the air fryer at 180 deg C | 355 deg F for 5 mins.
- Place the frozen falafel in the tray in a single layer after keeping a baking sheet.
- Brush oil on the falafel bites or spray oil. Air fry the frozen falafel for 7-9 mins at 180 deg C | 355 degrees F.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C). Discard food if it smells rancid.
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat.
- Wash hands after touching raw meat.
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods.
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds.
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove.
Conclusion: traditional falafel or frozen falafel both are great options for a protein rich quick snack. Learn to make it for a special Mediterranean experience at home.