Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Simple Falafel

Falafel is a favorite food with vegetarians and omnivores alike. Falafel is now very popular worldwide as a fast food. In the Middle East. vendors sell it from street corner stands. When served as an appetizer, it can top a salad, or bes plated with hummus and tahini. You can serve falafel as a main course. Stuff pita bread with falafel, lettuce, tomatoes, tahini, salt and pepper. Falafel can also be formed into patties and served like a burger.



  • 1 (16 oz.) can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans.
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Kosher Salt to taste
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • Cooking Oil for frying


  1. Drain chickpeas, and place in pan with fresh water, and bring to a boil.
  2. Allow to boil for 5 minutes, then let simmer on low for about an hour.
  3. Drain and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  4. Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, in a food processor.
  5. Add the flour, salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Pulse the ingredients together into a thick paste.
  7. Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball.
  8. Slightly flatten the balls.
  9. Fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 degrees until golden brown (5-7 minutes).
  10. Serve hot.
Serves 4.

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