Are you starting to wonder if I am ever, ever going to lose that last 10 lbs? I promise, I'm not only eating fried food. But, falafel is kind of healthy (I like self delusion obviously.) Protein fried in healthy fat couldn't be that bad right? Anyway, we love falafel around here. It's one of Nate's favorites, so I can never go wrong if I call him in the afternoon cluing him in on what's for dinner. He likes it when he knows I'm not testing something totally weird and obscure on him. I'm a fan of the Joy of Cooking version. I've tried many different recipes, but this is my favorite (so far anyway.) I've found that I'm not crazy about falafel recipes that use canned beans. They end up mushy. No bueno in my opinion.
- 1 1/2 c. Dried Chickpeas (Rinsed and soaked overnight)
- 1/2 c. chopped onions
- 1/4 c packed fresh parsley leaves
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 t. ground cumin
- 1 1/2 t. salt
- 1/2 t. ground coriander
- 1/2 t. baking soda
- 1/4 t. ground red pepper
- 2 T. Flour
Heat oil of your choice over medium high heat in heavy duty pan about 1/2 inch deep. Pulse all ingredients in a food processor, but not too long or they'll fall apart in the oil. Add mixture to bowl, and stir in flour. Form into little flying saucers. Let hang out for around 15 minutes, then fry for about 4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. For the sauce, mix 1/4 c. tahini, 1/4 c. water, 1-2 T. lemon juice and a pinch of salt. YUM!