Monday, December 21, 2009

Falafel Goodness

Fa-la-fel. It is delightfully magical stuff. My husband went to Israel several years ago and came back with stories about all the yummy food. One of those foods - falafel. I've been working on coming up with a good recipe for the past year or so and I think I've finally discovered it.


Serves 2-4

1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans (also sometimes called Chick Peas)

1 tsp. dried cilantro

1/2 tsp. salt

dash of ground cayenne pepper

1 tsp. cumin

1 egg, beaten

2 tbsp. flour

Bread Crumbs

----> Mash above ingredients, except bread crumbs, together until well combined. Gently roll into small balls. Toss in bread crumbs. Fry in hot oil for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel to absorb some of the excess oil. Serve in pitas and use favorite toppings (check out the suggestions below).

I was really tempted to stop here and just eat them like this. But I do love falafel - so I soldiered on.

Fact: it is ridiculously hard for me to say "soldier." Which is tricky to avoid now that I live in a military town.

Mash it all together. I used my pastry blender and it worked pretty darn well.

When forming the falafel balls, be gentle. You don't want to slap them together too much or they'll be super dense.

Helpful frying tip: Heat the oil over medium-low heat. Test its readiness by dropping a falafel ball in the oil, if it sinks and doesn't immediately create bubbles, the oil isn't hot enough yet. However, if the falafel ball cooks up in under 2-3 minutes per side, it is too hot.

Thus ends my scientific researched based frying tip.

Don't they look delightful?

Serve with 2-3 falafel balls inside a pita. Add tomato, cucumber, lettuce, onion, etc. I like making a sauce out of sour cream, touch of lemon juice, garlic powder and dried cilantro to help bring it all together in the pita.
Btw, the falafel balls would make a great appetizer. Just serve them alongside the sour cream sauce. It'll make people happy - I promise.
Unless all your friends are weird.
Just sayin'. :)

1 comment:

  1. Considering trying these--except I can't do the bread crumbs--do you have a suggestion of what to roll them in? Wheat germ? Whole wheat flour?


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