Homemade Falafel Mix

Quick & Easy Homemade Falafel Mix Recipe | It's so easy to mix this up. Then store until you have a hankering for falafel. When you're ready for an Israeli treat, mix with water and lemon juice. So easy, so delicious.

A year ago, a dear reader shared with me this amazing recipe for homemade falafel mix. I made it the very next week — and wow! So simple! So delicious!

I actually tried making falafel once from scratch – like from actual dried chick peas. OMG, what a nightmare. It was entirely too patchked for me. (And you know I don’t do patchke!)

So back to the Osem falafel mix I went. But then Judith shared this recipe with me and I’m pretty sure I heard angels singing. This mix is actually better than Osem (which I admit to loving). Better because it’s MSG-free and additives-free — and better because it actually tastes better.

Once you mix everything up, you just store it in a ziploc bag or air-proof storage container. Whenever you have a hankering for falafel, simple mix it with water and lemon juice – and voila!

One batch of the dry ingredients made enough falafel for three dinners for my family five, but your mileage may vary.

I’ve been meaning to share this recipe with you for the past 11 months, but somehow I never got around to it. Finally today, in honor of Yom Ha’Atzmaut, I’m sharing this super easy, amazingly delicious falafel mix recipe! I hope you love it as much as I do!

Quick & Easy Homemade Falafel Mix Recipe | So easy to mix it. Then store until you have a hankering for falafel. When you're ready for an Israeli treat, mix with water and lemon juice. So easy, so delicious.

Serve with hummus, pita and Israeli salad.  For an even more authentic experience, add in any of the following:

  • “chips” (aka french fries)
  • pickled vegetables – cauliflower, beets and cabbage are popular
  • schug
  • tehina
  • fried eggplant or baba ghanoush (or both)
  • matbucha
  • amba (this spicy mango sauce is my absolute favorite falafel condiment, and I’ve never found it in the US. Here’s an amba recipe – but has anyone ever since this for sale in America?)

What’s your favorite way to serve falafel? Do you make yours from scratch or use a mix?

Looking for more Israeli recipes? Check out my recipe for Israeli meatballs, aka ketzitzot.

Ketzitzot Israeli Meatballs


  1. Can these be baked instead of fried?

  2. Thanks for sharing, I will be making this as soon as I can pick up chickpea flour. I’ve made falafel a few times from dried chickpeas, but ugh, so much work (I also made homemade pitas for the same meal, I obviously went over board). This looks so much easier, I can’t wait to try it!

    • Adrian Wingate says

      I use my Vitamix to make chickpea flour. Just buy some dry chickpeas and blend the hell out of them. You’ll have chickpea flour in no time.

  3. Chickpea flour looks really expensive. How does the cost of this mix compare to using dried chickpeas? (How many cups of chickpea flour in a pound?)

  4. Thank you for this. I have been looking for a gluten free falafel mix or recipe for a long time. Really miss them. Can’t wait to try this out!

  5. Yum!! Just made these. Thank whoever gave you the recipe for me. So easy and moist on the inside. I got a 16 oz chick pea flour for $2.97 at my local grocery store and that’s about 5 cups of flour.

    • Mara Strom says

      Fantastic to hear! So glad you found such an awesome deal on the flour. That definitely beats the prices of the Osem packets!

  6. galileegirl says

    Dh makes falafel from scratch every week. We just soak dried chick peas from the morning to be ready by dinner. The frying is what really takes the most time. Honestly, his falafel is tastier than most falafel stores. You are invited to come taste on your next trip :).

  7. hey love this idea-! I just mixed the dry flour mix with the wet ingredients and left in the fridge for 30mins, it’s super sticky and def won’t be able to roll into balls. Anyone else experience this, any tips?

    • Na – If your hands are wet, the mix shouldn’t stick. Unless it’s still like not at all come together? Mine tends to be a bit sticky, but nothing terrible. Let us know if the wet hands does the trick!

  8. Couldnt find osem mixture in my supermarket anymore so tried this reciepe also heated up some ready made supermarket ones in case mine didnt turn out well the family loved the ones i made they were gone in seconds had in heated wholemeal pitta bread with salad and tahini it was lovely;be using this reciepe from now on no more tasteless supermarket fallafels for us.

  9. Marianne says

    Mixed all ingredients together & tried to make falafel out of this mixture adding water to it, but all that happened was it turned into a pasty mess that once I tried cooking it & later tasting it was cake consistency & left a really nasty taste in my mouth. All ingredients I used were as fresh as possible & the mix smelled great, but the finished product was so NOT at all like falafel I’ve ever had from a ready made mix or a restaurant. Sorry, NOT going to use this recipe EVER again & will stick to ready made mixes that work all of the time or buying ready made falafel in a restaurant.

  10. Hi Mara,

    I love falafel. There’s a mediterranean hookah lounge in my city that serves the green kind, with fava beans.

    I’m trying to eat less animal products but I’m also a student, so choosing foods that are convenient are easy to make it batches is a priority too. I’ve made falafel from box mix before but I figured I couldn’t keep buying tiny boxes for $3 each.

    I made this recipe, with a little too much turmeric and coriander because I misread the directions. The batter sticks to my fingers regardless if I wet my hands.

    The first time I cooked the batter it was using the oven, and I must have oiled the pan wrong because I ended up with these flat, dry weirdly textured “cookies” of falafel.

    The second time around I pan-fried the falafel and it tasted much better.

  11. BubbaMustafa says

    Isn’t ground coriander just cumin?
    Totally gonna do this with personal tweaks.

  12. Adrian Wingate says

    I stumbled across your recipe, tried it and loved it. Its SO simple to make. I use a Vitamix to make the chickpea flour. I use a deep fat fryer to cook them. They come out perfectly every time.

    Thank you

  13. Indian shops are a good source of chickpea flour. I picked up a kilogram – 2.2 pounds for US$3.00 !

  14. Herbert Lee says

    I cooked up a batch tonight and everyone loved it. My wife lived in Haifa for almost six years and said – it tasted as good as what she ate there. I found a recipe for tahini and used that to make the tahini sauce and it was divine. It’s great that I can make this whenever I want!
    Thanks for the great recipe!

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