* 1 cup dried chickpeas or 16 oz. can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans.
* 1 large onion, chopped
* 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
* 3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
* 1 teaspoon coriander
* 1 teaspoon cumin
* 2 tablespoons flour
* Oil for frying
Place dried chickpeas in a bowl, covering with cold water. Allow to soak overnight. Omit this step if using canned beans.
Drain chickpeas, and place in pan with fresh water, and bring to a boil.
Allow to boil for 5 minutes, then let simmer on low for about an hour.
Drain and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper (to taste) in medium bowl. Add flour.
Mash chickpeas, ensuring to mix ingredients together. You can also combine ingredients in a food processor. You want the result to be a thick paste.
Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. Slightly flatten.
Fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 degrees until golden brown (5-7 minutes).
Falafel can be served as an appetizer with hummus and tahini, or as a main course. Stuff pita bread with falafel, lettuce, tomatoes, tahini, salt and pepper. As an alternative, falafel can be formed into patties and served like a burger.
I didn't have fresh onion, so I just threw in about 1/2 tsp of dried. I also didn't have cumin.
One thing I did do, was I used left over 'stale' bread and made breadcrumbs (about a cup, I really didn't measure..
) and threw that in as well. I also did not have fresh garlic, so I did that at about 1/4th tsp.
I will flour these with just a little Tapioca flour and fry them in a little oil.
I'll try to remember to post the pita recipe later. I'm trying to watch the weather (it's turning to thunderstorm time) so I can get things done before it is really Shabbat. I think I have about an hour and a half so I am trying to make these and another meal at the same time so we have stuff for Shabbat tomorrow (definitely a first!).
Thus far it looks reallly good. I wanted to have falafel before, but once I saw it was floured and most Greek or Turkish recipes also have bread crumbs I balked.
If this is as good as it currently smells, I will be making more so I have a real lunch after classes during the week.