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Faff-free Air Fryer Falafel

Made in under 30 minutes with a tin of chickpeas and simple pantry ingredients. The untraditional addition of chia seeds and grated zucchini not only keep the patties light and moist, but make them denser in nutrients. The best part is your kids won't even notice these additions- hidden veggie goodness for the win! The chia also helps to retain moisture long after these have cooled, making them great additions to a lunchbox. Goodbye dry and sad falafels!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Lunch, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean


  • Vortex Air Fryer



  • 400 g tin chickpeas
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 30 g parsley cut off the thick stems
  • 100 g courgette grated
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp self-raising flour/ gluten free flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chia or ground flax seeds

Tahini Sauce

  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 20 ml lemon juice
  • 60 ml tahini
  • 45-50 ml iced water
  • Salt to taste


  • Place all the falafel ingredients into a food processor and pulse everything until the mixture just comes together and the chickpeas are in loose, bread crumb sized pieces (do not make a puree!) Scrape the sides of the mixer as needed, to help everything pulse evenly.
  • Once pulsed, scoop the mixture into 16 balls, and brush with olive oil.
  • Select Air Fry on the Vortex Air Fryer and set the temperature to 205°C and the time to 10 minutes. You do not need to wait for it to preheat.
  • When prompted to Turn Food, flip the falafel and brush again with olive oil.
  • While the falafel cooks, make the tahini Sauce. Grate the garlic into a small bowl and pour over the lemon juice. Mix in the tahini, and water - the mixture may look a little odd and split at first. Keep stirring and it will come together to be a smooth silky sauce. Season the mixture with salt.
  • When the falafel has cooked serve with the tahini sauce.


Serve the falafels in pitas with tahini, hummus and slaw, or make leftovers into a falafel salad with easy tahini sauce (recipe below if you need it), rocket and lemon.
Falafels can be prepared in advance, then frozen uncooked. Once ready to cook, pop a few into the air fryer, and cook from frozen (add 2-3 minutes to the cook time)
Keyword Air Fryer, vegan