falafel

Home-made falafel has been on my list of things to make for quite some time. In fact, as I was cleaning out my cupboards, I tossed out a boxed mix that had been expired for, oh, a year or so. It is so easy that I’m really not sure why it had taken so long – essentially it is a ball of hummus and considering that I make hummus on a regular basis I really have no excuse.

There is no better accompaniment to falafel then some tzatziki and a greek salad. The Greek way – no lettuce, just cucumbers, tomato, red onion, kalamata olives, feta, olive oil and salt & pepper. Simple and a salad stand-by in my house.

Falafel - makes about 3-4 servings

  • 2 cups garbanzo beans (I cooked my own, reserving some of the cooking liquid)
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • herbamare, coriander, cumin, parsley, salt & pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Process beans, onions, garlic and spices until smooth and incorporated together. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in large pan. Roll falafel into 2 inch patties and place in hot oil. Lightly flatten with spatula and cook for a few minutes, until light brown. Flip over and cook other side for 2-3 more minutes.

Confession: This did not work. As I sampled a bite after my photo shoot (normal), the taste was off, not to mention it was a bit mushy and not really sticking together. Then I realized that I forgot to add the salt and we decided we needed some binding power with an egg.

So an egg, salt and more seasonings later we re-fried the falafel – this time resulting in a much tastier little round. Not all kitchen experiments turn out as well as you hope ;)

Comments

  1. Anna says

    This looks great! Did I tell you about the time we tried to make it and it all fell apart — too much oil in pan and tried to make it work without a food processer! ooops!

  2. Anna says

    This looks great! Did I tell you about the time we tried to make it and it all fell apart — too much oil in pan and tried to make it work without a food processer! ooops!

  3. says

    I really like falafel, but I’ve never even considered making my own. But after reading this it looks so so easy. And yours actually look way better then the overly fried kind you get at the restaurant. I can’t wait to try these!

  4. says

    I really like falafel, but I’ve never even considered making my own. But after reading this it looks so so easy. And yours actually look way better then the overly fried kind you get at the restaurant. I can’t wait to try these!

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