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falafel

November 21, 2010

i remember my mind being blown at the variety of condiments and cold salads at even the most broke-down falafel carts. in the middle east, they’ll put ANYTHING on a falafel – almost all of it laced with parsley and raw onions. this is my tried-and-true falafel recipe.

 

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 1/2 large onion, roughly chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon dried hot red pepper
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4-6 tablespoons flour
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    1. Put the chickpeas in a large bowl and add enough cold water to cover them by at least 2 inches. Let soak overnight, then drain. Or use canned chickpeas, drained.

    2. Place the drained, uncooked chickpeas and the onions in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the parsley, cilantro, salt, hot pepper, garlic, and cumin. Process until blended but not pureed.

    3. Sprinkle in the baking powder and 4 tablespoons of the flour, and pulse. You want to add enough bulgur or flour so that the dough forms a small ball and no longer sticks to your hands. Turn into a bowl and refrigerate, covered, for several hours.

    4. Form the chickpea mixture into balls about the size of walnuts.

    5. Heat 3 inches of oil to 375 degrees in a deep pot or wok and fry 1 ball to test. If it falls apart, add a little flour. Then fry about 6 balls at once for a few minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

     

     

     

    serve with a cucumber-bellpepper-onion salad, pickled vegetables, chopped tomatoes-and-parsley, tahini sauce, baba ghanouj, hummus, hot pepper pickles, and about a million other kinds of cold vegetable salads.
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