Homemade Falafel Wraps – Vegan
Homemade Falafel Wraps – Vegan

Homemade Falafel Wraps – Vegan

When I have a food craving it rarely diminishes over time.  Usually it becomes a maddening obsession until I finally relent and satisfy my desire for the particular item.  That is all well and good if the item is nearby.

Homemade Falafel Wrap - Vegan

Homemade Falafel Wrap – Vegan

Typically the items I crave are dishes I’ve eaten in a far away country, or an entree I sampled in a restaurant ten years ago.  These cravings are a little harder to satisfy.  I am still looking for a recipe for Malai Kofta that will satisfy one particular craving that has been lingering since the close of a restaurant in Kings Cross.

My current obsession is with the Falafel.  Years ago I used to visit a kebab shop on Glebe Point Rd in Sydney.  The shop used to stay open until the wee tiny hours of the morning and at 2.00am I used to get my falafel fix.

Cooked Homemade Falafel

Cooked Homemade Falafel

These falafels were so different to your regular kebab shop.  They were crisp and crunchy on the outside but impossible moist, with a soft delicate texture inside… oh, and they were green on the inside. Hehe, yep, they were very green and very delicious.  I find regular falafel is dry and has a very coarse grain texture.  I simply can’t explain how unbelievably moist the falafels were, and they had exactly the same flavour as regular falafels.

So I was spoiled forever by these green falafel.

Homemade Green Egyptian Falafel

Homemade Green Egyptian Falafel

I have made homemade falafel many times before but I have never found a recipe that comes close to those late evening falafel kebabs.  Then I started thinking about beans that may have been used as a substitute to chickpea in the falafel.  After a little bit of research I found the Egyptians use Fava beans to make their version of the falafel.

After reading through page after page of Middle Eastern culinary practises I was convinced the falafel that had won my heart was a mix of Fava bean and chickpea.

Falafel Wrap

Falafel Wrap

So it was time to experiment in the kitchen for the perfect homemade falafel recipe!

After a few attempts I think I have nailed the recipe.  It taste so close to my memory of the kebabs at Glebe Point Rd.

Homemade Falafel Wraps – Vegan


  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • 440g can chickpeas or (Fava bean defrosted OR 1/2 of each)
  • 1 1/2 onions, peeled roughly quartered
  • 4 clove garlic
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 bunch coriander
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. ground coriander
  • Pinch ground clove
  • Pinch salt


  1. Drain the chickpeas and fav beans if using.
  2. Place the beans and chickpeas in a food processor or Thermomix with all the ingredients except the oil.
  3. Process for a few minutes or until a soft, mince texture forms and you are able to get the mixture to hold a shape.
  4. Heat the oil to 180 degree celsius.
  5. I shaped the falafel with two spoons to make a quenelle. You can use your hand to form a ball or a croquette.
  6. Gently drop the falafel into the oil and fry until crispy.
  7. Drain on absorbent paper.

The best part about making these is they are so easy!

Falafel & Tzatziki Overhead Shot

Falafel & Tzatziki Overhead Shot

I’m sure you noticed that all the ingredients just get thrown into the food processor and combined.  The uncooked quenelles can be stored in the fridge until your ready to cook them. I like to serve my falafel with homemade hummus or a tzatziki sauce and tabouli. They always taste best when they are served hot in a soft pita wrap.

Falafel With Tzatziki

Falafel With Tzatziki

So I hope you enjoy this vegan friendly recipe as much as I do. If you are serving these to a vegan choose to make the Hummus instead of serving with tzatziki.

Vegan Homemade Falafel Pin

Vegan Homemade Falafel Pin

Feel free to pin or “YUM the recipe” for later.


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  1. As always, you do your research and come up with a new idea that’s working well. Love the contrasting and complementing elements here – hot pita, cold dip / beans and chickpeas / colours and texture. Best of all, it’s vegan! Who would ever crave meat if this was served?! Have a great Sunday to you and the bunch 🙂 xx

  2. Wow, what a great combination of spices to the chickpeas and onions! These look so delicious, Julie. I include a lot of vegan meals in my diet and this one is definitely going on the menu. I love the ease of this dish and your photos are so lovely!

  3. Now you have me craving falafel! Thanks for the recipe—isn’t it wonderful when you can actually make old favorites at home? Perfect for a delicious meatless meal!

  4. Yum! These look great and I love falafel wraps 🙂

  5. You know, Julie, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten falafel (chick peas, in quantity, wreak havoc with my gut) but yours sure looks great. xx

  6. Well done for nailing the recipe Julie! I know what you mean, when a felafel is so crunchy on the outside but so moist inside. It’s heavenly!

  7. I had falafels last week and I found them very dry. They were also served with a French onion dip which was quite odd and I think a yoghurt and mint dip would have been so much better. I do like the look of your falafel wraps xx

  8. Love them! Love to make them! Have one or two changes to make to my recipe to try yours: have never used broad beans and usually have less coriander in the mix. Can’t wait to taste!! Actually have been a real ‘lazybones’ lately and used ‘Sami’s Kitchen’s excellent falafel mix, but back to basics with this 🙂 !

  9. Absolutely love your wraps!
    Have a super day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  10. I love home made felafels and the spices you have used here sound perfect 🙂

  11. I adore falafel! The best I have ever had is from a little joint in Lakemba, where they are green and nutty and so moreish. Yours look delish!

  12. I love falafel but I haven’t had it in quite a while. These look so tasty!

  13. Hi Julie, I quit ordering falafel because it is always too dry, will definitely be trying this recipe.

  14. These sound so delicious!! A moist falafel would be bliss to me too. 🙂

  15. They are so delicious! I love esp. the one with tzatziki.

  16. I think I have yet to eat a good falafel, but to be fair – I guess I don’t actually go and order one when I just settle for a chicken kebab … haha
    but that feeling of nailing something close to what you’ve been craving for!!

  17. Falafel is such good stuff! And not something I’ve made in years and years. How can I have been so foolish? This looks terrific — you’ve inspired me to make this. Thanks!

  18. I totally understand where you are coming from with food cravings Julie! I love felafel…think I’ll make these into a felafel burger for dinner tonight 🙂

  19. Now I craving for falafel! It looks so good!

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