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CLASSIC FALAFEL RECIPE

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (1/2 pound) dry chick peas (not canned)
  • 1/2 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 rounded tablespoon flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • tzaztiki sauce for dipping

Instructions

1

Soak the chickpeas covered with cold water overnight in a large bowl. They will double in size so make sure there's plenty of water.

2

Drain the soaked chickpeas well.

3

Place the garlic cloves in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

4

Add parsley and chop with garlic.

5

Now add the chickpeas, onions, salt peppers, flour, baking soda and coriander. Pulse until everything comes together and is finely chopped. It should hold together. You may add a bit more flour if you need to so that it holds.

6

Transfer the mixture in a bowl and cover tightly with wrap. Refrigerate at least 1-2 hours or overnight.

7

Heat the oil to about 350 degrees.

8

Form the falafel balls using a small ice cream scoop. You can also make patties if you prefer (like mini burgers).

9

Fry about 5-6 at a time so that they cook evenly and the oil's temperature does not drop too much.

10

Fry for about 4-5 minutes or until beautifully golden brown all around.

11

Place cooked falafel on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.

12

Serve these with tzatziki, pita bread and chopped salad (cucumber, bell pepper, onion).

13

Enjoy!!

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