Falafel

Falafel with Hummus
Falafel

I adore a well-made crispy, crunchy falafel, especially when accompanied by hummus or then as a part of a pita pocket sandwich. I guess it appeals to my Indian food sensibilities because of the spice in it. 🙂

Ingredients

  1. Chickpeas, Garbanzo Beans, or Kabuli Chana – 1.5 Cups
  2. Onion – 1 Medium
  3. Garlic Cloves – 3
  4. Roasted Cumin – 1.5 tsp
  5. Coriander Seeds – 2 tsp
  6. Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
  7. Chopped Fresh Parsley – 3 tbsp
  8. Wheat Flour – 2 tbsp
  9. Salt to Taste
  10. Oil for Frying

Method

  1. Soak the chickpeas with 3 cups of water for at least 8 hours.
  2. Drain the water from the chickpeas.
  3. Let the chickpeas dry for about 2 hours.
  4. Grind the roast cumin and coriander seeds to a fine powder.
  5. Chop the onion coarsely.
  6. Grind the chickpeas, onion, cumin-coriander powder, garlic, chilli powder, and salt into a coarse paste with as little water as possible.
  7. Mix in the flour and finely chopped parsley.
  8. Take about 1.5 tbsp of the paste and roll into a ball.
  9. Repeat till all the falafel paste is rolled into balls.
  10. In a wok or kadai, heat the oil.
  11. Deep fry the falafel balls till golden brown.
  12. Serve warm with hummus.

Tips

  • To get crisp and firm falafels:
    • The paste must be coarse and not too fine because then you get a “mushy” falafel.
    • Ensure that you drain the water completely from the chickpeas and let them dry for sometime. You could spread them on a kitchen towel to speed up the process.
  • You could add about 1 tbsp of lemon juice to the falafel mix for an extra zing.
  • You could substitute the chilli powder with 1/4 tsp of pepper powder.

15 comments

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  2. I love Falafel it’s just that I have never learnt how to make them. I just buy them when I feel like eating them. It’s high time I used your blog to learn how to cook some of my favourites that I can’t really cook myself!!! Thanks for stopping by. Have a pleasant day!!

    1. “Want to eat something different” is a permanent refrain in our home. So we have started experimenting with “different” cuisines.

      And the pleasure of having the family come together to cook is indescribable.

          1. It is great! You can munch through boring carrots, cucumber and celery…as long as there is a spicy hummus and a delicious labneh as accompaniment.

  3. As a vegetarian, i am left to eat nothing but falafel and hummus when i am in middle-east. Love also the falafel sandwiches made by Lebanese. Very filling, nutritious and tasty 🙂

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