Four-Ingredient Falafels

So a few days ago my dad brought home a variety pack of three 1lb tubs of Teva brand hummus from Costco (so silly since it will definitely go bad before he and my mom can eat it all). So I thought to myself, how can I use this hummus to make something delicious? Then it clicked. FALAFELS! Falafels are a middle eastern food that are made from cooked chickpeas or fava beans, (which is essentially what hummus is) that are fried. This recipe was definitely an experiment, but happily I can say that it was really successful! Everyone was a little skeptical when they first saw them, but I didn’t end up with any leftover! With only FIVE required ingredients, these falafels are so easy to make, and I highly recommend make this recipe again.

Serving Size: About 12 Falafels (each 2-inch round)


  • 1 cup of the hummus (either homemade or store bought)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Dried bread crumbs
  • A dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Mix together the hummus, eggs, baking soda, and cayenne pepper together. Gradually add bread crumbs until the mixture is just thick enough to roll into balls. **If you add too much breadcrumbs to the mixture, it will dry out your falafels.
  2. Roll the hummus balls in dried bread crumbs to coat. **If the bread crumbs aren’t sticking to the falafel balls, rinse your hands in water, give ’em a quick shake, and then roll the balls in your hands before rolling them in the bread crumbs.

  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a medium-size sauce pan (just enough to coat the bottom of the pan) over medium-high heat. Place the falafel balls into the oil mixture and fry them until they are nice and golden brown (about 2 minutes each side). When removing them, place them on a paper towel (to soak up the excess oil).

  4. Serve as an appetizer with some tsatziki sauce (see my recipe), or in a pita as a sandwich and enjoy!


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