Falafel

My long lasting search for the perfect falafel is finally over. Budget Bytes provided me with the most suitable recipe. And yes I know it is just pan fried instead of deep-fried but that’s the best thing about it for me! I know deep-fry gives you some yummy yummy things but as much as I can I avoid it. The only thing I changed here is the amount of garlic. Since I served these with pita bread and garlic sauce I didn’t want them too garlicy. Otherwise I would face the danger of turning into a garlic breathing dragon for the evening. They smell crazy delicious when you fry them!

Ingredients:

  • 425 gr ready chickpeas (i.e. cooked or from a can)
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • a handful of fresh parsley
  • a handful of fresh coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of flour

Preparation:

Drain the chickpeas. Put all except flour and baking powder into your food processor and shred well. You may have to give it a mix or two to combine all well. Finally add flour and baking powder and mix. Once all ingredients combine put the mixture to fridge for 4 hours to let the flavours mingle. Heat some olive oil in your pan and form chop shape or small balls out of the chickpea mixture. Fry on both sides a couple of minutes until golden brown.

You can serve this as a side-dish or in pita bread with your favourite ingredients (tomato, cucumber, salad, onion, etc) topped with garlic sauce, tzatziki or hot sauce.

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