I am an avid lover of anything middle eastern, and nothing screams middle eastern than a good falafel. I scoured the web looking for a great recipe, and Dedemed Mediterranean Cooking recipes www.dedemed.com did it for me. Easy to follow, and she hosts how to video's and a list of all her own homemade spices and home cooked recipes for any level of cook.
|pre-soaked garbanzo beans, and fava white beans|
- 2 cups dried garbanzo beans
- 1½ cups dried fava beans
- 1 cup cilantro (coriander leaves)
- ½ cup flat leaf parsley
- 1 large yellow onion
- 8 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp dried coriander
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- 3-4 tbsp. dried bread crumbs (or more to help bind)
- 1 tsp baking soda added before frying
- ½ tsp baking powder added before frying
- Vegetable oil for frying ( I used peanut oil) in a 2-3 inch deep frying pan
|Blitzed beans in mix master until they look like this|
|all the herbs,onion and garlic mixed -smells wonderful|
|fried until golden|
|yummy, wrapped in Liba bread or pita|
Taste to see if you would like to add more salt or pepper. Add your baking powder and your baking soda, and let it sit for at least 15 minutes to let it set. Meanwhile turn on your stove to medium-low heat, watch it carefully. Add your oil about 1-2 inches and let it heat up. Take a little pre- made falafel ball or pattie and do a tester. If it starts to fall apart in the oil, then you need to add a little more bread crumbs( about 2 tbsp or some flour to help bind.( This is caused by the amount of moister in the beans.) Re test a ball or pattie, and when they are holding together better; you can continue to add your falafel balls to the oil and continually turn them until they are nice and golden.Transfer to a plate with a couple of pieces of paper towel to help them drain.
Serve warm with your favorite sauce, pita bread, pickled root vegetables, or sliced fresh tomatoes, onions, cucumber and enjoy.