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Falafel

keithsnow's picture
Make falafel the middle eastern specialty made from chick peas or garbanzo beans. This dish is flavored with za'atar a flavorful spice mixture. Falafel is popular in Israel, Lebanon and other Mediterranean countries.
Ingredients
  Canned garbanzo beans/Chick peas 30 Ounce
  Fresh parsley 1 Bunch (100 gm), chop
  Onion 1 Large, chop
  Coriander seed 1 Teaspoon
  Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Salt and pepper To Taste
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm)
  Flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Optional)
  Cooking oil 2 Cup (32 tbs) (For deep frying)
  Fresh tomato 1 Medium, slice
  Whole wheat pita bread 4 Medium
For the dressing
  Yogurt 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Fresh mint leaves 1 Tablespoon, finely chopped
  Flat italian parsley 1 Tablespoon, finely chopped
  Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
  Greek seasoning 1 Pinch
  Zaatar 1 Pinch
  Extra virgin olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Black pepper To Taste
Directions

MAKING
1. Use a molcajete to crush coriander and cumin seed.
2. In the food processor combine garbanzo beans, parsley, onion, crushed cumin and coriander seeds, salt and pepper.
3. Switch on the blender and blend everything.
4. Mince a clove of garlic and add to the blender. Blend.
5. Take out the mixture in another bowl, add flour if needed to bind it together.
6. Heat olive oil in a frying pan and scoop out a spoon of bean batter and put them in the oil. Fry till they are golden brown.
7. In a bowl combine yogurt, mint leaves, flat parsley, lemon juice, greek seasoning, zaatar, salt and pepper and extra virgin olive oil.
8. Scoop out the falafel as they would be golden brown by now.

SERVING
9. Place the falafel balls on the pita bread, cut the falafel balls into two halves, tuck the tomatoes under the falafel balls and drizzle yogurt dip on it and enjoy.

Things You Will Need
Food processor
Molcajete
Pot

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Mediterranean
Preparation Time: 
45 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
65 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Subtitle: 
Turkish Eggs with Tomato

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1 Comment

Liza's picture
I tried this and didn't get great results. That said, I have tried two other falafel recipes and both the others failed, too. The batter just falls apart when I put it in the oil. I believe it is operator error and not the recipe. What am I doing wrong? I followed your recipe exactly.