Feb 22, 2010

Falafel


 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.

Ingredients:

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.



Enjoy!


14 comments:

Emily Ziegler said...

What a beautiful and colorful dish! 10 out of 10, lady!

Laura said...

thank you Emily.

5 Star Foodie said...

Your falafels look so scrumptious! Such a colorful presentation!

alison said...

o,laura ,ce bunatate ai facut,si eu fac din cind in cind falafel,chiar am unul pe care tin sa-l postez!am luat adresa ta de e-mail si ti-am trimis un request pe mess,dar intre timp mess-ul nu l-am deschis...sunt si eu intr-o lipsa permanenta de timp,believe me!
sper ca toti sunteti bine si ca terminati cu constructiile din casa in curind!va pupam cu drag!

Sage said...

They look so good and I bet they are; anything with chick peas is right up my alley.
Rita

Jagruti said...

Beautiful and delicious falafel...pics looks inviting..

Federica said...

mmmm..che buone!!! complimenti!!

pegasuslegend said...

I love this, would never have thought to make this! What a great job this looks fabulous!

Laura said...

Thank you ladies, for all your kind comments! and thank you for the visit :-)

notyet100 said...

yum this looks gotta try this,..

Elena Toma said...

Laura, ce buna reteta acum in post! Si grozav de usor. Eu am sa incerc si copt, nu prajit, sa vad cum va fi. Felicitari si o saptamana minunata!

Laura said...

@ notyet100,
thank you!

@ Elena,
multumesc mult Elena. Binenteles cs se pot coace in cuptor. Eu de obicei pun un gratar de racire peste o tava de copt si le coc pe 400˚F pentru 25-30 minute.

My Little Space said...

Laura, haven't seen you for a long time! Guess, you must be terribly busy these days. The falafel looks sooo colourful and yummy. And so easy to make! Thanks for sharing.
Have a wonderful day!
Cheers, Kristy

cajunlicious said...

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- Jessica @ http://cajunlicious.com

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