Easy Authentic Falafel Recipe | My Recipe Time

Easy Authentic Falafel Recipe

Easy Authentic Falafel Recipe | My Recipe Time Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern “fast food” made of a mixture of chickpeas (or fava beans), fresh herbs, and spices that are formed into a small patties or balls.  It’s thought that falafel originated in Egypt as Coptic Christians looked for a hearty replacement for meat during long seasons of fasting or lent.  It has also become a popular vegan food in Egypt and throughout the Middle East.

Prep Time:30 mins 
Cook Time:20 mins 
Total Time:50 minutes 
Yield: 24 Patties
Falafel

INGREDIENTS

2 cups dried chickpeas (Do NOT use canned or cooked chickpeas)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup fresh parsley leaves, stems removed
3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, stems removed
1/2 cup fresh dill, stems removed
1 small onion, quartered
7–8 garlic cloves, peeled
Salt to taste
1 tbsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
Oil for frying

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1
(One day in advance) Place the dried chickpeas and baking soda in a large bowl filled with water to cover the chickpeas by at least 2 inches. Soak overnight for 16-18 hours (more if the chickpeas are still too hard). When ready, drain the chickpeas completely and pat them dry.

Step 2
Add the chickpeas, herbs, onions, garlic and spices to the large bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade. Run the food processor 40 seconds at a time until all is well combined forming a the falafel mixture.

Step 3
Transfer the falafel mixture to a container and cover tightly. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or (up to one whole night) until ready to cook.

 step 4
Just before frying, add the baking powder and sesame seeds to the falafel mixture and stir with a spoon.

Step 5
Scoop tablespoonfuls of the falafel mixture and form into patties (1/2 inch in thickness each). It helps to have wet hands as you form the patties.

Step 6
Fill a medium saucepan 3 inches up with oil. Heat the oil on medium-high until it bubbles softly. Carefully drop the falafel patties in the oil, let them fry for about 3 to 5 minutes or so until crispy and medium brown on the outside. Avoid crowding the falafel in the saucepan, fry them in batches if necessary.

Step 7
Place the fried falafel patties in a colander or plate lined with paper towels to drain.
Serve falafel hot next to other small plates; or assemble the falafel patties in pita bread with tahini or hummus, arugula, tomato and cucumbers. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts Information

Serves 24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 93
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.8g 5%
Sodium 131.1mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 1.4g 1%
Sugars 0.1g
Protein 3.9g 8%
Vitamin A1%Vitamin C8%Calcium4%Iron9%Vitamin D0%Magnesium3%Potassium2%Zinc1%Phosphorus3%Thiamin (B1)2%Riboflavin (B2)2%Niacin (B3)1%Vitamin B61%Folic Acid (B9)1%Vitamin E7%Vitamin K24%
*
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**
Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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