Kurdish falafel

A meal popular all over the world in the last few years, prepared in a Kurdish style.


  1. Soak the peas overnight and then strain them. Mix peas, onion, parsley, coriander, cumin and garlic. Stop before the mixture becomes like fine paste.

  2. Add bulgur and baking powder and stir briefly two or three times with the blender.

  3. Cover and leave in the fridge for at least two hours.

  4. From the mixture, form balls of desired size.

  5. Fry the balls in deep hot oil until they turn brown.

  6. Serve the balls on a plate, with or without the sauces.

  • Ingreedients: 9
  • Number of persons:
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  • Glavno jelo
  • Turska
  • Complexity: Srednje teško
  • Author: Araz
  • This recipe has been published in the cookbook Taste of Home.


  • 1 cup dried green peas
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons bulgur
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • oil for frying

About author

Araz spent ten years in Turkish prisons as a member of the PKK, fighting for autonomy and cultural and political rights of Kurds. In prison he was tortured in various ways. He applied for asylum in Croatia in early 2000s, but it got denied. He was fearful of returning to Turkey. It is not known where he is today.


About country


One of the earliest populated areas in the world, the territory of present-day Turkey has long been the centre of one of the greatest empires, the Ottoman Empire. After the First World War, overthrow of the then Sultan Mehmed VI. Vahdettina in 1922 and coming to power of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in 1923 Turkey was declared a republic. In the early 2000s, economic decline and dissatisfaction lead to the victory of the conservative AK Party led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Although it achieved the economic progress, the state government threatens freedom of speech, media and association. Charges and arrests of journalists, writers and hundreds of Kurdish political activists are common, particularly through the misuse of overly broad laws against terrorism. Police forces use excessive force, especially against demonstrators, for which they are very rarely held accountable, and arbitrary arrests are not a rare occurrence. It is estimated that more than 10 000 people were detained on charges of terrorism in the period 2009 - 2012. Big problems are the shortcomings in the fairness of judicial proceedings, the suffering of civilians and participants in the clashes between Turkish security forces and members of the PKK and abuse and discrimination against vulnerable social groups.

Every fifth of 10 000 inhabitants per year leave Turkey.