Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Daring Dinners: Falafel at Home

Whenever I talk about falafel, even in person, I usually end my sentence with the word "yum". I can't help it, I am just crazy about fried chick pea patties.


1 cup dried chick peas, rehydrated overnight

1 white onion
3 cloves garlic
2 stems of parsley, chopped
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking powder
4 tbsp. flour

After soaking my chickpeas over night, I threw them into my blender along with the onion, garlic, parsley and seasonings. It was a little tricky in the blender- a food processor would be much easier to mix everything together. I blended together what I could, and then when the mix stopped blending, I would clean out the paste on the bottom and repeat this process with any leftover solid peas. Once it forms into a chunky paste, it is time to add in the baking powder and flour. The paste can then be formed into little 1.5" round patties, and set aside.

Before frying I prepared my garnishes to stuff into the my pita. This included green leaf lettuce, shredded carrot, chopped up cucumbers, and instead of the traditional tahini, I used Annie's Asian Sesame dressing.

Heat a layer of canola oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Gently place the falafel patties into the oil, and let each side brown nicely for roughly 3-4 minutes. Transfer these onto a plate lined with a paper towel, and then assemble your pita with the garnishes and falafel. Yum.


Just Ma said...

How about the recipe? Looks delish!! I also love chick peas and have a great hummus recipe---Have about a years supply of Tahini on hand. Happy Thanksgiving to my favorite NJ Palumbo Family. Hope the bug (as in Nanie bug) can get w/you for the Holiday.
Love ya,

boatx2 said...

I think I'll second that with a hearty and robust:


Falafel, thanks for being as tasty as meat but better for you. -love us.