falafel

My twin told me numerous times that I’d love the “deep-fried goodness” that is falafel, however his description made me think they were fried hummus balls and I can only eat so much hummus before the consistency becomes too much to stomach.

While researching eateries to try during a trip to NYC, I came across this recipe for Falafel. Once I saw the actual ingredients for falafel I knew my twin was right and I’d love them too. Although falafel is also made from chickpeas, to my surprise, it is not at all like humus! I took the recipe mentioned above and halved it as it made way too may fritters for one meal; I also adjusted the amount of spices to fit my mine and my husband’s tastes; feel free to alter the spice combination to make the falafel your own. :) Enjoy!

falafel

falafel

Ingredients:

falafel ingredients

falafel ingredients

6 oz (3/4 cup) Dried Garbanzo Beans (aka Chickpeas)
1 Clove Garlic
1/2 Red Onion, divided
2/3 Cup Fresh Parsley, divided
1/2 tsp Coriander, divided
3/4 tsp Cumin, divided
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper, divided
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt, divided
1/4 tsp Baking Soda, divided
2 tsp Lemon Juice, divided
1 Liter Grapeseed Oil (for frying)
 
 
Instructions:

Place dried garbanzo beans in a large bowl. Cover with 3 to 4 inches of water and let soak for 24 hours.

falafel - soaking the garbanzo beans

falafel – soaking the garbanzo beans

After 24 hours have passed, strain the garbanzo beans, shaking off any excess water.

falafel - straining the garbanzo beans

falafel – straining the garbanzo beans

Cut red onion in half and in half again; chop parsley and set ingredients aside.

falafel - cutting the onion and parsley

falafel – cutting the onion and parsley

Place 1/2 of the garbanzo beans in the bowl of a food processor along with 1/2 of each of the remaining ingredients (red onion, parsley, garlic, coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, baking soda and lemon juice). Be sure to rinse the parsley before adding it to the food processor. I also cut the onion in half once again so it fits in the food processor better. Pulse the food processor until the garbanzo beans are minced, but not pureed. Transfer falafel batter to a bowl.

falafel - processing the batter

falafel – processing the batter

Repeat the above steps with the remaining 1/2 garbanzo beans and 1/2 of each of the remaining ingredients (red onion, parsley, garlic, coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, baking soda and lemon juice). Combine first and second batches of falafel batter in the same bowl, stirring to blend well. (NOTE: If your food processor is large enough you can make the batter in one batch).

falafel - processing the remaining batter

falafel – processing the remaining batter

Heat oil to 350 degrees.

falafel - heating the oil

falafel – heating the oil

Using a cookie scoop, portion batter into ping-pong sized balls, rolling each ball with your hands to pack the batter together. Place well packed balls in basket of deep-fryer and fry about 3 minutes, or until GBD (golden brown and delicious).

falafel - shaping into balls and frying

falafel – shaping into balls and frying

Remove fried fritters from deep fryer and cool in a bowl lined with paper towels. Form remaining batter into balls and fry, adding each batch of cooked fritters to the bowl lined with paper towels.

falafel - fried

falafel – fried

Serve immediately with your favorite toppings.

falafel - with all the fixins

falafel – with all the fixins

Yields 15 fritters

Weight Watchers: 1 fritter = 2 points plus*; 3 fritters = 5 points plus*; 6 fritters = 9 points plus* (*toppings and pita not included in points plus values)

One thought on “falafel

  1. Falafel are so yummy! I’m so glad that you discovered that you like them. I’ll never forget the first time I tried them – I was in college in Providence, RI and there was an amazing Middle Eastern eatery within walking distance of my dorm. I gave it a shot and I was immediately hooked on falafel! Since I tend to eat more on the vegetarian/vegan side these are a frequent staple in my diet. I’m a fan of hummus though so I’ve been known to dip these in hummus. Now I want some falafel for dinner! =)

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