Delicious Falafel Recipe

Growing up in a multicultural household, I was fortunate to experience a diverse range of flavors and cuisines. One dish that always stood out during family gatherings was falafel. These golden-brown, crispy chickpea patties were not just a treat for the taste buds but also a symbol of sharing and celebration. Today, I’m excited to share my delicious falafel recipe with you, packed with aromatic spices, herbs, and a crunchy exterior that gives way to a tender, flavorful center.

Courses and Cuisines: Main dish; Middle Eastern cuisine.

Nutritional Information: (Per Serving – 4 falafel)

  • Calories: 220 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Fat: 8g
  • Fiber: 6g

Cooking Time: 25 minutes Preparation Time: 15 minutes Yields: Approximately 16 falafel

Origin and Cultural Significance

Falafel has a rich history dating back centuries across the Middle East, where it’s commonly enjoyed as a street food or part of mezze platters. It represents a blend of flavors and techniques passed down through generations, making it a beloved dish in various cultures.

Ingredients

For Falafel:

  • 1 1/2 cups dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For Serving:

  • Pita bread or flatbread
  • Hummus
  • Tzatziki or tahini sauce
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Pickles (optional)
  • Lemon wedges
Falafel
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Tips for Ingredient Substitutions or Variations

  • Gluten-Free Option: Use chickpea flour instead of whole chickpeas.
  • Spice Variation: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for extra heat.
  • Herb Substitutions: Use mint or dill instead of cilantro.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  1. Using Canned Chickpeas: Opt for dried chickpeas for the right texture.
  2. Skipping Soaking Time: Soak chickpeas overnight for best results.
  3. Overcrowding the Fryer: Fry falafel in batches for even cooking.

Health Benefits of Key Ingredients

  • Chickpeas: High in protein, fiber, and vitamins.
  • Fresh Herbs: Provide antioxidants and essential nutrients.
  • Vegetable Oil: Use heart-healthy oils like olive oil for frying.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Prepare Chickpeas

  1. Drain soaked chickpeas and pat dry with a kitchen towel.

Step 2: Blend Ingredients

  1. In a food processor, combine chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, spices, baking soda, salt, and pepper.
  2. Pulse until a coarse paste forms.

Step 3: Form Falafel

  1. Scoop mixture and shape into small patties or balls using wet hands.

Step 4: Fry Falafel

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a deep skillet or fryer.
  2. Fry falafel until golden and crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.

Step 5: Assemble Sandwich

  1. Warm pita bread or flatbread.
  2. Spread hummus inside.
  3. Add falafel, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, and pickles.
  4. Drizzle with tzatziki or tahini sauce.
  5. Serve with lemon wedges.

Troubleshooting Tips

  • Falling Apart: Ensure the falafel mixture is not too wet; add breadcrumbs if needed.
  • Oil Temperature: Maintain consistent oil temperature for crispy falafel.

Essential Kitchen Tools

  • Food processor
  • Deep skillet or fryer
  • Mixing bowls
  • Kitchen towels
  • Serving platter

Sustainability Practices

  • Use dried chickpeas instead of canned for reduced packaging waste.
  • Source organic and locally grown herbs and vegetables when possible.

Flavor Profile and Texture

Crispy exterior, tender and flavorful interior with a blend of aromatic spices and herbs, complemented by fresh and creamy accompaniments.

Best Occasions to Serve

Falafel sandwiches are perfect for casual lunches, picnics, potlucks, and gatherings where you want to share delicious, plant-based goodness with friends and family.

Cultural Significance

Falafel holds cultural significance as a symbol of warmth, hospitality, and togetherness, often enjoyed during festive occasions and celebrations across the Middle East and beyond.

Embark on a culinary adventure with this flavorful falafel recipe, where every bite tells a story of tradition, flavor, and shared moments. Enjoy the savory goodness of homemade falafel in every bite!

Falafel

Falafel Recipe

Falafel has a rich history dating back centuries across the Middle East, where it's commonly enjoyed as a street food or part of mezze platters. It represents a blend of flavors and techniques passed down through generations, making it a beloved dish in various cultures.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Calories 220 kcal

Ingredients
  

For Falafel:

  • 1 1/2 cups dried chickpeas soaked overnight
  • 1 small onion roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For Serving:

  • Pita bread or flatbread
  • Hummus
  • Tzatziki or tahini sauce
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Pickles optional
  • Lemon wedges

Instructions
 

  • If you’re using dried chickpeas, place them in a large bowl and cover them with cold water. Allow them to soak overnight. After soaking, drain and rinse the chickpeas thoroughly.
  • In a food processor, add the soaked (or canned and rinsed) chickpeas, roughly chopped onion, garlic cloves, fresh parsley, fresh cilantro, ground cumin, ground coriander, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper, and baking powder.
  • Pulse the ingredients in the food processor until they are finely minced but not pureed. The mixture should have a coarse, grainy texture.
  • Transfer the falafel mixture to a bowl and add the all-purpose flour, one tablespoon at a time, until the mixture can easily be formed into patties without falling apart. It’s important not to add too much flour; you want the mixture to remain slightly sticky.
  • Shape the mixture into small patties, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick.
  • In a large skillet or deep fryer, heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. To test if the oil is hot enough, drop a small piece of falafel mixture into the oil; it should sizzle and start to fry immediately.
  • Carefully place the falafel patties into the hot oil in batches, being sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry each side until they are deep golden brown and crispy, which usually takes about 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove the falafels from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  • Serve the falafels in pita bread or flatbread with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, fresh lettuce or greens, and a drizzle of tzatziki sauce or tahini sauce.

Notes

  • Falling Apart: Ensure the falafel mixture is not too wet; add breadcrumbs if needed.
  • Oil Temperature: Maintain consistent oil temperature for crispy falafel.
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