Friday, 1 May 2015

Falafel !

Falafel is a traditional middle eastern food made from ground chick peas with some spices and fresh herbs and it is deep fried. It is mostly served in a pita bread with tahini or hummus or can be eaten as such as a snack or starter with a dip. 
It is also sometime made with fava beans or a combination of chickpeas and fava. I have come across many blogs where people cook the chick pea and then make falafels. But an authentic way of making it uses only soaked chickpeas and deep fried in oil. 

  • 1 cup dry chickpeas
  • 1 medium size onion
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • fistful chopped coriander
  • fistful chopped parsley
  • 2 - 3 tbsp plain flour / all purpose flour
  • salt as needed
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • oil to deep fry

  • Soak the chickpeas for 10 - 15 hours.
  • Chop fresh coriander, parsley and onion.
  • Keep all other ingredients ready.

  • In a mixer or preferably a food processor, add the soaked chickpeas (not cooked) and give a run so that they are crumbled. 
  • THen add the onion, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin and coriander powder along with the parsley, coriander and the flour and process again to form a crumbly mixture. 
  • Squeeze lemon juice while grinding the mixture. 
  • If you still feel the mixture is too crumbly that you are unable to grind or make into balls then add little water.
  • Same way, if you add more water while grinding by mistake then add plain flour / chickpea flour and mix well so that you can fry the balls properly in oil.

  • Make the mixture into falafels (round or oblong) and deep fry them in oil until golden brown.
  • Fry in med-high so that they are cooked well inside too.

Serve with tahini sauce / tomato sauce or with pita bread and Enjoy.

With Love,

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