Just because I'm a vegetarian dose not mean that I don't like "meatballs". Of course I do! Only mine are meatless. Falafels are easy to make, and very tasty. I usually serve these with fresh made salsa and pita.
2 cups of dried chickpeas
1 small onion
2 garlic gloves minced
5 tbsp of fresh parsley ( or 3 tsp dry)
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp of water
oil for deep frying
Soak the chickpeas in 1 liter of water for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Drain and place in a food processor.
Process for 30 to 40 seconds or until finely ground. Add the onion, parsley, garlic,cumin, baking powder and 1 tbsp of water. Process for another 10 seconds to make a rough paste.
Using your hands, shape heaped tbsp of the falafel mixture into balls. If there is any excess liquid squeeze it out.
Into a heavy-based pan pour oil about third full. Heat the oil. Lower the falafel balls into the oil and cook in batches for about 3 minutes, until brown all over.
Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.