falafel

03.24.10

Home-made falafel has been on my list of things to make for quite some time. In fact, as I was cleaning out my cupboards, I tossed out a boxed mix that had been expired for, oh, a year or so. It is so easy that I’m really not sure why it had taken so long – essentially it is a ball of hummus and considering that I make hummus on a regular basis I really have no excuse.

There is no better accompaniment to falafel then some tzatziki and a greek salad. The Greek way – no lettuce, just cucumbers, tomato, red onion, kalamata olives, feta, olive oil and salt & pepper. Simple and a salad stand-by in my house.

Falafel - makes about 3-4 servings

  • 2 cups garbanzo beans (I cooked my own, reserving some of the cooking liquid)
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • herbamare, coriander, cumin, parsley, salt & pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Process beans, onions, garlic and spices until smooth and incorporated together. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in large pan. Roll falafel into 2 inch patties and place in hot oil. Lightly flatten with spatula and cook for a few minutes, until light brown. Flip over and cook other side for 2-3 more minutes.

Confession: This did not work. As I sampled a bite after my photo shoot (normal), the taste was off, not to mention it was a bit mushy and not really sticking together. Then I realized that I forgot to add the salt and we decided we needed some binding power with an egg.

So an egg, salt and more seasonings later we re-fried the falafel – this time resulting in a much tastier little round. Not all kitchen experiments turn out as well as you hope ;)

18 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Anna
    Mar 24, 2010 @ 9:06 am

    This looks great! Did I tell you about the time we tried to make it and it all fell apart — too much oil in pan and tried to make it work without a food processer! ooops!

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  2. Anna
    Mar 24, 2010 @ 9:06 am

    This looks great! Did I tell you about the time we tried to make it and it all fell apart — too much oil in pan and tried to make it work without a food processer! ooops!

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  3. Molly
    Mar 24, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

    Im eating tzatziki as we speak in my cous cous salad. YUM Love these flavors :)

    xo-Molly
    http://www.givinganythingbutup.wordpress.com

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  4. Molly
    Mar 24, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

    Im eating tzatziki as we speak in my cous cous salad. YUM Love these flavors :)

    xo-Molly
    http://www.givinganythingbutup.wordpress.com

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  5. Naomi (onefitfoodie)
    Mar 24, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

    my father is israeli so I grew up eating falafel, there is almost nothing better than a good falafel ball :) and tzaziki looks awesome!

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  6. Naomi (onefitfoodie)
    Mar 24, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

    my father is israeli so I grew up eating falafel, there is almost nothing better than a good falafel ball :) and tzaziki looks awesome!

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  7. mary beth
    Mar 24, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    looks really good! thanks for the heads up on the added salt and egg–i will keep that in mind when we give it a try.

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  8. mary beth
    Mar 24, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    looks really good! thanks for the heads up on the added salt and egg–i will keep that in mind when we give it a try.

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  9. Mellissa
    Mar 24, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

    I love tzaztiki and could eat it on almost any dish.

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  10. Mellissa
    Mar 24, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

    I love tzaztiki and could eat it on almost any dish.

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  11. actorsdiet
    Mar 24, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

    it still looks beautiful.

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  12. actorsdiet
    Mar 24, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

    it still looks beautiful.

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  13. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    Mar 25, 2010 @ 2:37 am

    what a beautiful recipe you created!! yum!

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  14. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    Mar 25, 2010 @ 2:37 am

    what a beautiful recipe you created!! yum!

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  15. Lauren @ Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful
    Mar 25, 2010 @ 9:54 am

    I really like falafel, but I’ve never even considered making my own. But after reading this it looks so so easy. And yours actually look way better then the overly fried kind you get at the restaurant. I can’t wait to try these!

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  16. Lauren @ Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful
    Mar 25, 2010 @ 9:54 am

    I really like falafel, but I’ve never even considered making my own. But after reading this it looks so so easy. And yours actually look way better then the overly fried kind you get at the restaurant. I can’t wait to try these!

    Reply

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