Last week, we tried Melissa D'Arabian's Falafel recipe. It was a huge hit with the kids! If you've never had falafels, they are essentially deep fried balls of hummus. Hummus is basically garbanzo bean dip. How can you go wrong with deep fried balls of anything?
As usual, I made a few changes to her recipe based on what I had on hand.
Easy Falafel Recipe
- 2 1/4 cups cooked chickpeas (about 1 1/2 cans)
- 3 green onions, coarsely chopped
- 1 large clove garlic, coarsely chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Generous 1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley
- Generous 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
- 1 egg
- 1 lemon, juiced
- Kosher salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/3 cup flour, plus 1/4 cup flour for shaping patties
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- pita bread
- Chopped salted tomatoes, for garnish
- Grated cucumber, for garnish
- Otria Greek Yogurt Cucumber Feta Dill dip*
In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, green onions, garlic, cumin, cayenne, parsley, cilantro, egg, and lemon juice. Pulse to combine and season with salt. The mixture will not be smooth, but it should not have large chunks.
Add in the baking powder and 1/3 cup of the flour and pulse to just combine. Remove to a bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Remove the chickpea mixture from the refrigerator. Add enough oil to a large saute pan so it reaches 1/2-inch up the sides and heat it over medium-high heat until an inserted thermometer reads 360 degrees F.
Meanwhile, drop spoonfuls of the chickpea mixture onto a plate with 1/4 cup flour. Roll into balls on the floured plate and press gently into patties. Fry in batches of hot oil for about 3 to 4 minutes each side and drain on paper towels.
Serve the falafel into pita bread with chopped salted tomatoes, grated cucumber and Greek Yogurt dip.
* The dip frequently goes on sale and has great coupons with it. I can usually pick it up for under $1. And it's totally tasty!
I imagine these store really well. I plan on making a batch at the start of the week for quick school lunches.