Thursday, March 6, 2008


Awesome Falafel Recipe - We LOVE this recipe and make it in our house all the time. I know there are a lot of variations of falafel recipes. Which one is your favorite?


1 cup dried chickpeas or canned
1/2 large onion, roughly chopped (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
1/2-1 teaspoon dried hot red pepper
4 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon baking powder
4-6 tablespoons flour
Canola or vegetable oil for frying
Chopped tomato for garnish
Shredded lettuce for garnish
Diced onion for garnish
Tahina sauce or yogurt
Pita bread


1. Put the chickpeas in a large bowl and add enough cold water to cover them by at least 2 inches. Let soak overnight, then drain. Or use canned chickpeas, drained.

2. Place the drained, uncooked chickpeas and the onions in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the parsley, cilantro, salt, hot pepper and garlic. Process until blended but not pureed.

3. Sprinkle in the baking powder and 4 tablespoons of the flour, and pulse. You want to add enough flour so that the dough forms a small ball and no longer sticks to your hands. Turn into a bowl and refrigerate, covered, for several hours.

4. Form the chickpea mixture into balls about the size of walnuts.

5. Heat 3 inches of oil to 375 degrees in a deep pot or wok and fry 1 ball to test. If it falls apart, add a little flour. Then fry about 6 balls at once for a few minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Stuff half a pita with falafel balls, chopped tomatoes, onion, lettuce or any veggie that sounds good to you. Drizzle with tahina or yogurt, whichever you like better or have on hand.

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1 comment:

  1. I've always wondered how these are made! I'm going to have to give this a try!