I’ve become slightly obsessed with falafel…eating it, reading about it, finding places that serve it, and of course, cooking it. I love whoever invented it!
I said in my last falafel post, that I will master falafel, and I have!* The secret is in preparing the chickpeas…just an overnight soaking, and a run through the food processor turns out perfectly textured falafel!
Homemade Falafel Recipe
1 medium onion cut into large pieces
2-3 garlic cloves
3 slices bread (stale or slightly toasted & made into breadcrumbs)
4 T parsley
2 t salt
1/2 t black pepper
2 t cumin
2 t oregano
2 t coriander
2 t baking powder
3 1/2 T water
couple dashes cayenne (optional)
Soak the chickpeas for 12-24 hours. Drain and rinse them, then run them through a food processor until they’re coarsely chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients and process just until smooth and well blended.
Form the mixture into small balls (I use a cookie scoop to keep them uniform) and flatten them slightly. I kept them in the fridge while I preheated the deep fryer, then fried them at 375 degrees in small batches, until they were golden brown.
I served them as I always do, in wraps with lettuce, tomato and tzatziki. Everything about this was perfect. It’s not identical to, but it’s just as good as the falafel I get from Tangiers, which is considered to have the best falafel in the area.
I almost gave up and surrendered to boxed falafel mix. I’m so glad I didn’t!
Now maybe I can quit my job and sell falafel sandwiches out of one of those little roach coach lunch wagons in office parks, open a chain of falafel restaurants, sell frozen falafel at wholesale clubs, and retire off the profits from my falafel empire!
It’s an underserved market ;-)
I’ve since developed my falafel recipe further and prefer this version, which is made with bulgur instead of breadcrumbs.