Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Easy Falafel

I made this falafel the other night and it was delicious! We had it for lunch the next day as well. Pretty simple recipe with yummy results.

Easy Falafel
1 can chickpeas, drained
½ of large onion or 1 small onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, smashed
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. red pepper flakes
½ tsp. baking soda
1 egg
About ¼ cup of flour
Vegetable oil for frying
In a food processor, combine chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, spices, and baking soda. Pulse until grainy mixture is formed, not too long or it will turn goopy. Transfer to mixing bowl and stir in egg and flour. Flour should be added slowly and adjusted as needed to form a consistency that can be formed into balls. Mine was still slightly wet but I don’t like my falafel too dry in the center so adjust yours accordingly. Form mixture into balls or small patties.

Heat vegetable oil over high heat and using a slotted spoon place falafel balls into oil, being sure to keep them separate from each other. Turn over after a couple minutes or until golden brown. Transfer cooked falafel to plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil. Continue until all of them are cooked. Serve in pita bread with Tzatziki sauce (recipe below) and diced tomatoes.

Simple Tzatziki
2 cups of plain or Greek yogurt
½ of a large English hothouse cucumber, finely diced
4 tablespoons of dried (or fresh if you have it) dill, or to taste
Pinch of garlic powder
Combine all ingredients and serve with Falafel in pita bread.

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