What is traditional falafel made of?
You may be wondering… what is falafel? Falafel is a flavorful mixture of chickpeas (or fava beans) fresh herbs, spices, onion and garlic, that are shaped into little flat balls and pan-seared. Falafel can be served in a pita sandwich or as part of a mezze platter.
Why not use canned chickpeas?
How to make Falafel! | 60-sec video
What is in Falafel?
- Dry chickpeas (not canned)
- Cilantro (or parsley)
- Green Chili pepper (jalapeno or sub cayenne)
- baking soda
- kosher salt (add more to taste)
- olive oil
- high heat oil for frying, or spray oil for baking
How to make Falafel: Step-by-step
Soak dry chickpeas overnight, do not use cooked chickpeas, do not use canned! You’ll need two cups of soaked chickpeas with is roughly ¾ cups dry.
Drain them well! This is Key- feel free to wrap them in a towel. Spread them out and let them dry up a bit!
STEP TWO: Place the chickpeas along with the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse repeatedly (do not blend), pulse -pulse- pulse, scrape down sides, pulse again, until combined, but not overly smooth.
Don’t over blend- you want to to be granular, not smooth like hummus… and should look something like this below.
To achieve this you must pulse, scrape sides, repeat a few times.
STEP FOUR: Pan-sear the falafel. No, you do not need to dredge them in flour ( unless they feel very very wet). A little wet is ok here.
Heat a skillet, with high-heat oil, over medium heat. Without crowding, carefully place falafels in the warm skillet. Do not fuss with them, just let them develop a crust.
Can Falafel Be Baked?
What to serve with Falafel
1. Pita Bread!
Making homemade pita bread is a fun easy project – and doing this with your kids is especially fun. Of course, store-bought pita bread is always a great option if pressed for time. But if you feel like making them, these really are easy!
I remember making pita bread with my mom when I was little, and I’ll never forget the feeling of complete surprise, seeing the flat dough, magically puff up in the hot oven. With the rising time, it’s about a 3-hour commitment, so plan accordingly.
2. Tahini Sauce!
3. Pickled Turnips
How to make a Falafel Pita Sandwich
Make a beautiful Falafel Bowl or a Falafel Salad