Southern Pea Falafels

Southern Pea Falafels

Southern Peas (commonly known as Black-Eyed peas) are highly nutritious – they are a high source of protein and fiber. We cook these beans in my family at festive gatherings and we also consider them to carry good luck to those who enjoy them.


  • 1 1/2 cup Dry Southern Peas (Black Eyed Peas)
  • 1 cup Parsley (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Onion
  • 2 Tbsp Chickpea Flour
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • Salt to Taste
  • Oil Spray


  1. Soak the Southern Peas for 8 hours in water.
    • Tip: I prefer to soak them overnight instead so it is easier for me in the morning.
  2. Once they are soaked, drain the water and put all the Southern Peas in the food processor.
  3. Put parsley, garlic, black pepper, onion, salt and chickpea flour into the food processor as well.
  4. Pulse them in the food processor until all the ingredients are crushed and mixed.
    • Tip: Do not blend the ingrdients, you are looking for a coarse texture to the mixture.
  5. Check to make sure that you can form a ball out of the mixture. If you cannot easily make a ball and the mixture is not sticking together, then add a little more chickpea flour and pulse the mixture again 1-2 times.
  6. Make patties or balls out of the mixture and put them in the air fryer. If your air fryer is small, put only one batch of patties/balls in at a time.
  7. Spray the patties/balls with 2 sprays of oil
  8. Cook them in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
  9. Flip or rotate all the patties/balls in the air fryer.
  10. After this, increase the temperature of the air fryer to 400 degrees and cook for another 8 minutes.
  11. Do this for all batches of patties/balls that you may have.

Your falafels are done – you may enjoy them with the dip of your choice, such as tzatziki sauce or any other sauce.


These falafels can be stored in the fridge for 3 days.

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