Falafel

April 22nd, 2009

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Falafel, the famous Arabic yummy dish, it can be prepared in three different ways:

Chickpeas only.

Fava Beans only.

Mixture of chickpeas and fava beans.

Let’s make Falafel:

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My version today is a mixture:

1. Soak dried chickpeas and peeled dried fava beans in water overnight, then next day drain water then grind chickpeas with fava beans finely (use meat grinder, use the fine holed plate that comes with the grinder), add (finely chopped onion , crushed garlic, finely chopped fresh coriander, falafel spices, cumin, cinnamon, salt, pepper, baking soda), then add water. you should add water until you feel that you can shape the falafel, and mix well.

2, 3. In the picture the tool we use for falafel.

4. Use the tool to shape falafel.

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5. Add sesame seeds.

6. You can make falafel with hole or without.

7, 8. Fry.

Enjoy with tahini sauce (made from tahini, yogurt, lemon juice and salt), tomato, parsley, mint, pickles, and serve with pita bread or Arabic bread, and of course sandwich is the best way to eat falafel.

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Falafel

From: Family Recipe / Servings: 5 – 6 People
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250 g dried chickpeas

250 g peeled dried fava beans

Or if only chickpeas so 500 g dried chickpeas

Or if only fava beans so 500 g peeled dried fava beans

1 small red onion, finely chopped

3 – 4 garlic cloves, crushed

1/2 fresh coriander bunch, finely chopped

3 – 4 tbsp falafel spices

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp cinnamon

Salt

Black pepper

1/4 tsp baking soda

Water

Sesame seeds – optional

Frying

Corn oil

To Serve

Tahini Sauce

Tomato

Flat parsley

Mint

Pickles

Pita bread or Arabic bread

My version today is a mixture:

Soak dried chickpeas and peeled dried fava beans in water overnight, then next day drain water then grind chickpeas with fava beans finely (use meat grinder, use the fine holed plate that comes with the grinder), add (finely chopped onion , crushed garlic, finely chopped fresh coriander, falafel spices, cumin, cinnamon, salt, pepper, baking soda), then add water. you should add water until you feel that you can shape the falafel, and mix well.

In the picture the tool we use for falafel.

Use the tool to shape falafel.

Add sesame seeds.

You can make falafel with hole or without.

Fry.

Enjoy with tahini sauce (made from tahini, yogurt, lemon juice and salt), tomato, parsley, mint, pickles, and serve with pita bread, or Arabic bread and of course sandwich is the best way to eat falafel.

Notes and Tips

If you want to fry falafel immediately, so you can add the baking soda.

If you want to prepare falafel mixture in the morning for example, and fry it in the afternoon, so add everything to mixture of chickpeas and fava beans except baking soda, then in the afternoon at frying time, you can add the baking soda to the prepared mix.

If you want to prepare falafel and freeze it, so freeze only the ground mixture of chickpeas and fava beans, but never add the ingredients and freeze, that’s wrong. When you decide to eat falafel, take your frozen mixture, let defrost then add the ingredients (don’t forget baking soda tip).

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9 Responses to “Falafel”

  1. goodlinnea says:

    Wow, those look really good! We always bake ours because my mom hates to deep fry things…but they’re so much tastier when fried!

  2. Kevin says:

    Nicely presented falafels. They look great!

  3. Linda says:

    Wow, Dimah, these look great! I have only made falafels from boxed falafel mix that I have bought here; I can’t wait to try and make them from scratch. Do you make tahini from scratch, too, or do you buy it premade?

    Linda :-D

  4. Dimah says:

    goodlinnea: Thanks for coming by! of course fried falafel is the best.

    Kevin: Thank you so much!

    Linda: Thanks for stopping by!
    I buy premade tahini and I make tahini sauce using it, so if you want to make the sauce with falafel, so these are the approx measurements:

    Tahini Sauce:
    1 tbsp tahini (Actually I buy a Syrian brand).
    1 cup yogurt
    Juice of 1 lemon (I prefer to add juice of 1/2 lemon, then taste and decide if you want to add more).
    Pinch of salt.

    Linda, is it possible to find Falafel spices in middle eastern markets in U.S? if not possible, so here what to add to the recipe instead of the spices:
    2 tsp dried coriander
    2 tsp cumin (this is additional to the 1 tsp cumin in the recipe).

    If you have any question, it is my pleasure to help you :) and I hope you enjoy making falafel at home!
    Keep in touch!

  5. Kelly says:

    Oh, that looks so good! I have never made them before, but I love to order them. You have inspired me to try them at home! Thanks!!

  6. Y says:

    Your felafel look incredibly tasty! Love that tool you used. I normally just hand-roll the mixture into balls.

  7. Dimah says:

    Kelly: Thanks! I hope you try them!

    Y: Thanks!

  8. Lubna Karim says:

    Oh wow awesome……….Looks droolworthy……

  9. Dimah says:

    Lubna Karim: Thanks for stopping by!

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