Unforgettable Falafel

11:09 AM

I’ve been trying to fit in one vegetarian dish into our weekly meal plan.  When I found this recipe for falafel, I couldn’t pass it up.  I’ve never attempted to make “real” falafel before.  I’ve tried the box stuff.  This time I would continue Project Disguise and see if my kids would fall for it. 
Whenever we attend festivals, I always stand in line at the Kabob/Falafel tent.  I’m always disappointed because it’s dry and over-cooked.  If the falafel is dry and over-cooked this time, I can blame myself.  The combination of the tahini sauce, onions and falafel will surely make your breath STINK, but it’s absolutely worth it.  You’ll love these fresh, crisp on the outside, moist on the inside, perfect “meatballs.” (what I told the kids)  Thank you Joan for sharing your favorite falafel recipe with the world.
What You Will Need:

1 (15 oz) can of garbanzo beans, drained

3 cloves of garlic
1 bunch of parsley, chopped
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
½ yellow onion, chopped
¼ tsp crushed red pepper
Generous tsp cumin
1 tsp baking powder
8 T flour
24 oz vegetable oil
Tomato, onion, green pepper
White pocket-less pita
Large pot
Frying thermometer
Food processor
Large plate lined with paper towels
1)      Combine garbanzo beans, garlic, parsley, cilantro, onion, red pepper, and cumin in food processor.  Blend until coarse.

2)      Add baking powder and flour and puree until chunky.

3)      Roll into small balls.
4)      Pour vegetable oil into pot.  Heat over high heat until ready. (Click link for suggestions.)
5)      Lower heat to medium.  Drop balls into oil and cook until browned.

6)      Transfer to plate. 

7)      Cook until all mixture is gone.
8)      Serve over top pita and garnish with tomatoes, onions, peppers and tahini sauce.

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  1. That looks so good. I make hummus but I have never made Falafel from scratch, I will have to try this recipe.

    Happy Cooking,


  2. I've never had or made Falafel but it looks so tasty. :) I'm so glad to see that you linked up this week. Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. I hope to see you back next week!

  3. Yummy! This looks so good! I love falafel! I'll definitely try this recipe sometime! Thanks for sharing :)


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