Gluten Free Falafel Recipe

I’d never tried (or heard) of a falafel until I moved to Manchester for University! It was in my first week of being a student, that I ventured into the famous Curry Mile, where I ws literally like a little kid in a sweet shop!

For those who don’t know, the Curry Mile in Manchester has the largest array of Pakistani, Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi cuisine! There’s so many fabulous restaurants, cafes and take outs that even the fussiest of eaters will find somewhere they like and it was here where I tried my very own falafel!

Anyways, for those who don’t know, a falafel is a fried ball [or patty/burger] made from ground chickpeas and spices. They’re usually served in a pitta bread or on a bed of salad. As you can already tell, these beauties are ideal for either lunch or dinner and make a quick, easy peasy and oh no healthy meal!



  1. 1 Can of Chickpeas
  2. 1 Garlic Clove [chopped]
  3. 1 Small Onion [chopped]
  4. 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  5. 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  6. 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper [optional]
  7. 2 tbsp Gluten Free Plain Flour
  8. A handful of Coriander leaves
  9. 1 tbsp Oil


  1. Drain the chick-peas then let them dry on some kitchen paper 
  2. After the chick-peas have dried, pop them into a food processor and blitz them until the look like breadcrumbs 
  3. Add the chopped onion, garlic, ground cumin, ground coriander, plain flour coriander leaves and cayenne pepper to the chickpeas in the food processor and blitz together 
  4. After blitzing all the ingredients together, carefully empty the mixture into a clean bowl [If you’ve got a shoddy and annoying food processor like mine, you might have to mash the mixture a little with a fork/potato masher] 
  5. Shape the mixture into little balls, then flatten to make little ‘patties’ . In other words, make them look like little burgers! 
  6. Heat some oil in a frying pan and fry the patties for 3 minutes until lightly golden [I know in the bottom picture, it looks like I’m drowning the poor patties but I thought I would deep fat fry them… this just made them soggy so I tried again and fried it in a tablespoon of oil, which worked wonders] 
  7. Serve in either a gluten free pita bread like moi [I used Asdas free from pitta bread] or on a bed of salad! 


    1. Thank you for posting this recipe, Saara. I am not a student and I do not like to cook yet I must eat. And the doctor says, “gluten-free”. So as I was rambling around the Web looking for a simple (interpretation: with as few ingredients and steps as possible) falafel recipe, I came across your site. I find it refreshing. This recipe is easy to read with simple instructions. Thank you for the caution about deep frying. I would have tried that.:) I also appreciate the photos that accompany each step. Many thanks! Perry

  1. Thanks so much for this Saara. I am new to the wheat/gluten free world so I’m finding your site a lifesaver. The shop bought products are so expensive and so having the chance to make the food from scratch is a real help for me. I love falafels so I’m going to try these for dinner tonight with my hubby’s AMAZING gluten free spaghetti sauce and some home made pasta. Fingers crossed 😀

  2. Thank you so much for this recipe! I love falafel but have just found out I might be gluten intolerant, so it’s nice to know I can make my own!

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