How I Love Falafel

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.

Perfect Falafel

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!


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I loooooove falafel too! IT is so amazing and satisfying!
Vegan Piggy
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I think it's one of my most favorite things :)
Veggie Belly
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I love falafel too! and i think using dried chickpeas makes a BIG difference in taste and texture compared to the canned stuff!
Kylea Rorabaugh
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Tara - fabulous new recipes and pictures!
Amber Shea @Almost Vegan
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I agree about canned vs. fresh beans. I adore falafel...I'd love to get my hands on the recipe from either Holy Land Café or Jerusalem Café. :]
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I love me some falafel. I need to make it again soon. I'm like you, though, I try to tell myself it's healthy! I know it sure tastes amazing, even though it is less than healthy in reality. You can't eat healthy all the time, right!?!

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