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Arabic pakoras

Recipe by tasnim of karachi, PK

Pakoras can be made differently with different ingredients . This recipe is also a little different but a tasty treat for teatime .

Ingredients vegetarian 6 servings

    • 1 cup chickpeas ( soaked overnight )
    • 1 medium sized onion quatered
    • 1/2 tsp crushed garlic
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 cup coriander leaves
    • 1 tsp cumin powder
    • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
    • 2 medium sized green chillies chopped
    • salt
    • red chilli powder as desired
    • juice of 2 lemons
    • 1 tbsp cornflour
    • oil


    1. Drain the chickpeas and mix with all the ingredients except oil , corn and egg.
    2. Grind the ingredients into a paste form using little if the paste is dry.
    3. It should not be too coarse or too fine .It should be thick.
    4. Put in a bowl mix cornflour and then egg and mix well .
    5. Heat the oil in a pan and when smokes begin reduce the flame.
    6. With a deep rounded spoon fry into pakoras till crisp and golden brown .
    7. Serve with mint and tamarind chutney.


    mandeep kaur dharani

    hi am a new user........the recipe turned out awesom....honestly...cheers...!!! mandeep

    Lydia Veigas

    This may not be the actual recipe for falafel but it tastes good. Thanks Tasnim for this recipe. I've named it as chickpea vada. My sons loved it.



    Im from saudi arabia and i have never seen such type of falafels till now...itz not the right way to make falafel...itz never made using chick peas....n also wen v see them dey never luk like u have put in ur pic...!!!!


    mr no chickpeas why chickpeas i crazy why


    im born n brought up in saudia never heard that falafel is made of chickpeas n corriander leaves besides no lemon n garam masala is added.....its made with green fawa beans or sometimes with green lentils which we call hari moong and parsley .taste of sweet eating soda is also dominant in it......sesame seeds r also added and its dropped in pan with special spoon so that all falafel r of same shape n size.its not eaten with garlic sauce but if any one wants original recipie of lebaneese garlic sauce they can note down......take 2 tsps of fine garlic paste in abowl add 6 tbsp of mayonaisse +half tsp white pepper powder+salt as per taste+juice of half lime mix well.take half cup cooking oil .add 2 tsp in bowl of mixture n stirr again add 2 tsp and mix that keep adding little little in the mixture till all the oil is mixed well keep in refrigerator for half n hour n serve as a dip sauce with french fries or chicken broast or nuggets etc etc.


    im from middle east fafafel are made from chickpeas and parsley leaves not with coriander ill post me falafel recepie soon


    in dubai we get filafel made from channa dal. it is ground with coriander, green chillies, ginger, garlic. it is made with the filafel machine, then put in the kabhoos(rotis) filled with salad. you can make it and fill the salad of your choice alongwith a dash of chutney


    I am from the Middle East. Falafel is never served with mayonnaise but with tahini (Sesame paste+water+lemon Juice + salt) and a little finely chopped lemony salad on the side. Also there are diffrent types of falafel, the most authentic one being the egyptian one and it is made with green fava been, never chick peas. Chick peas has been adopted by Lebanon, Syria, Israel and others as green fava beans are not always easy to find. The yoghurt sauve might be "labne" but is not usually served wu-ith falafel. Bon appetit.



    Falafels are served with a dip or sauce of mayonnaise , mixed with garlic paste ,salt , pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice . This dip is known as Aioli . If you have this yogurt sauce recipe we would like to learn about it .


    this isnt full recipe of falafa. do u know about yogurt sauce?

    Chickpeas are what's called Chole..

    can u tell me pls what is this chikpeas?