Falafel is one of the most popular recipes in the Middle East.
Depending on the place the falafel is given the form of croquette, small hamburger or ball which is fried with olive oil and is made mainly with chickpeas.
This falafel recipe is very tasty and easy to make. It is usually served as a starter or as a sandwich on hot pita bread.
The original falafel recipe is based on chickpeas but in countries like Egypt is mainly made with beans, so the falafel of beans is another very tasty option and its elaboration is similar. Here we teach you to prepare both recipes.
Ingredients: (4 persons)
- Half a kilo of chickpeas or peeled dried beans (soak the night before)
- 2/3 chopped onions
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup fresh coriander
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 cup breadcrumbs or flour in case of no breadcrumbs.
- 1 tablespoon baking soda (advised) or baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 pinch of black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne (optional)
- Frying oil
Wash with water and drain the chickpeas or beans left to soak the night before.
Grind the uncooked chickpeas or beans directly with the blender or mincemeat along with onions, garlic, parsley, fresh coriander and a cup of water. Mix to a thick texture.
Add salt, ground cumin, black pepper, cayenne (optional), baking soda and mix a little. Let the mixture stand for 30 minutes.
Make small balls or mini burgers, about the size of a ping pong ball. Squash them a little. If the mixture is too wet for which it is difficult to form pellets, you can add some breadcrumbs or wheat flour.
Fry in plenty of olive oil over medium / heavy heat until golden brown (5-7 minutes). Serve hot.
Suggestion for serving
The Falafel can be served as an appetizer with Hummus or with Tahini or as a main dish. In sandwich fill the pita bread with falafel, lettuce, tomatoes, Tahini, salt and pepper.