Falafel, or deep-fried Lebanese balls or patties, is an iconic Middle Eastern snack/fast food that is now available worldwide, each with its unique version. It is widespread among vegans. Falafel is served with lettuce, onions, and tahini as the main dish. It is eaten as an appetizer on a salad or with hummus and tahini. Falafel is a popular vegetarian dish. It comes typically in the form of a ball or a flat burger. It can be light brown or dark brown. The texture of falafel can be smooth or grainy. Here is how to make falafel from scratch using an authentic and traditional recipe.
Dried chickpeas : 2 cups
Onion : 1 cut in quarters
Garlic cloves : 4-5 chopped
Fresh Coriander leaves / Cilantro : 1 cup chopped (OR)
Fresh Parsley leaves : 1 cup chopped
Salt : 2 tsp
Coriander : 1 Tbsp
Cumin : 2 tsp
Pepper powder : 1/2 tsp
Flour : 3 Tbsp
Baking soda : 1 tsp
Baking powder : 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice : 1/4 tsp
Dried bread crumbs : 3-4 tbs
Chicken masala powder : 1/2 tsp (optional OR)
Cayenne pepper : 1/2 tsp (optional)
Sunflower oil or any refinery oil : 2 tsp
The prepration time is forty five minutes and can be consumed by 10 people.
It is an Arabic cuisine.
1.Soak dried chickpeas overnight in a big bowl filled with cold water.
2. Drain the chickpeas the next day and grind them in a food processor until they have a breadcrumb consistency and no whole chickpeas remain. Then place it in a big mixing bowl.
3. Next, in a blender, puree the onion, garlic, and coriander leaves until smooth, then add to the bean mixture.
4. Combine the cumin, chicken masala/cayenne, cinnamon, lemon juice, bread crumbs, pepper, and flour in a mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
5. Taste the salt and spice levels by tasting them.
6. About 15 minutes before frying, add baking powder and soda. Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly.
7. Roll the mixture into small lemon-sized balls.
8. Heat the oil in a big skillet.
Drop a little amount of batter into the pan.
9. Drop the falafel balls into the oil with great care. Fry them for 2 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown. After that, turn it over and fry the other side.
Drain on a kitchen towel after removing it from the oil.
Serve warm with hummus, tahini, pita bread, and vegetables as the main appetizer dish.
Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern dish usually served in a pita pocket or wrapped in taboon, a flatbread.
Salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and tahini-based sauces are drizzled over the falafel balls. Falafel balls can be eaten as a snack or as part of a meze (assortment of appetizers).
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