Thursday, June 24, 2010

Falafal Times Two!!

Falafal is one of those easy foods to create that is tasty, nutritious, and filling. I love the savoury flavour of it and just recently made a huge batch of them! We had them for dinner in pitas with a variety of vegetables, but I still had tons leftover...Today I decided that both my bags of salad greens needed to be used as well as the falafal ~ ta dah~ falafal 'croutons' on my salad, and wraps made of Boston lettuce!! Could anything be easier?!
1 cup dried chickpeas or 16 oz. can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans.
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Freshly ground black pepper
Oil for frying (my favourite is coconut)
  • Place dried chickpeas in a bowl, covering with cold water. Allow to soak overnight. Omit this step if using canned beans. Drain chickpeas, and place in pan with fresh water, and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 5 minutes, then let simmer on low for about an hour. Drain and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper (to taste) in medium bowl. Add flour.
  • Mash chickpeas, ensuring to mix ingredients together. You can also combine ingredients in a food processor. You want the result to be a thick paste.
  • Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. Slightly flatten.
  • Fry in 2 inches of oil until golden brown (5-7 minutes).
  • Serve hot.
  • ENJOY!!

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