Falafel is a vegan and a gluten-free dish, which is a popular Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fast food, that is enjoyed as street food and often served up as part of a group of small meals.
Traditionally, Falafel is made from the ground overnight socked chickpeas (Kabuli chana), herbs, and spices. The mixture is then formed into balls or patties and deep-fried or baked for a texture that’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, sort of like fritters.
Making falafel at home is so easy and it requires all the basic everyday ingredients. Commonly, Falafel is served with hummus or tahini sauce (sesame paste) as an appetizer or in a slice of pita bread, or in a wrapped sandwich. It has also become a very popular vegan and gluten-free dish around the world.
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Prep. time: 1 hour Cooking time: 10 minutes Serve: 2
- Chickpeas(Kabuli chana): 1 cup
- Onion: 1 medium size (roughly chopped)
- Ginger: 1 tbsp. chopped
- Garlic: 1 tbsp chopped
- Cilantro and Parsley leaves: roughly chopped about a cup
- Roasted cumin seeds powder: 1tbs
- Black pepper powder: 1tbs
- Cardamom powder: 1tbs
- Red chili powder: 1/2 tbs
- Baking soda: a pinch
- salt: 1tsp or as required
- Besan or chickpea flour: 2 tbsp
- Oil: for frying
- Soak the dried chickpeas in the water overnight or for at least 6 to 8 hours. Then drain and rinse them.
- Now, add all the ingredients chickpeas, roughly chopped onion, ginger, garlic parsley, cilantro, and the spices cumin powder, red chili powder, black pepper, salt, and cardamom powder to a food processor. Pulse the food processor but do not blend completely. The final mixture should resemble coarse sand.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl and then add the chickpea flour or besan.
- Stir them together until the mixture is fully combined and then cover the bowl with a plastic wrap or a lid and then place it in the fridge for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Now, shape the falafel ball, take a spoon full of mixture, and make a round shape ball by pressing it with both hands. I will attach the youtube video link below for reference.
- Time to fry all the falafel ball. Gently place the falafel ball in the heated oil. Don’t overcrowd the pan, add 4 to 6 balls at a time depending on the size of pan you are using
- Now turn the flame low-medium and cook the balls until golden brown. This process would take about 4 to 5 minutes. Once it’s done, then take them out on the paper towel and then repeat the process again to fry the rest of the falafel balls.
- Serve falafel with hummus, pita bread, and fresh salad.
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