I know this isn't a new recipe to our website...but it is one that deserves to be highlighted.
It is our FALAFEL recipe created by Maintenance Mommy. She created this recipe after going to New York and having an amazing sample of what falafel should really taste like. Falafel is a middle eastern dish made from ground chickpeas (also known as garbonzo beans). I used to think it was time consuming to make...but it is actually a very quick recipe. You do have to soak the beans overnight, but other than that- I made these in 20 minutes. I actually forgot to soak them...so I put them in water early in the morning and was able to make a wonderful batch 6 hours later. You have to try this recipe...it is SO good!
1 1/4 cups dried chickpeas (also known as garbonzo beans)
-Soak these overnight, rinse and drain, then pat dry before using.
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped really small
1/2 cup parsley, chopped really small
4 green onions, chopped
2 TBS lemon juice (fresh is always better if possible)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp tumeric
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup of flour
*Make sure to plan ahead and soak the garbonzo beans in 3 1/2 cups water overnight (or at least 6 hours). Place all the ingredients (except the beans, baking soda and flour) into a bowl and mix it all together. I let this sit on my counter for 20 minutes to combine all of the flavors- but this is optional. Place the soaked beans into your food processor and grind them up until they are fairly fine. Then add the bowl of mixed ingredients into the food processor and mix thoroughly. Once everything is mixed, then add the baking soda and flour. This will allow the mixture to somewhat stay together as you press them into 1 1/2 inch round patties. You could also chill the mixture for 30 minutes to help them form better. This recipe makes approx. 15 patties.
To cook the patties- heat 3 TBS of oil in a frying pan until hot. Place the patties in the oil and fry on each side for a couple of minutes, until the patty is browned and cooked throughout.
Not the best picture...but you get the idea :)
These falafel patties are SO YUMMY! In your fridge they last over a week and my family has loved having them for meals and snacks.
Here are some ideas you could use them for:
This is where this recipe was created
Falafel Sandwiches- my kids love this!
Sandwich ideas: Bread, warmed falafel, PICKLES (a MUST HAVE ingredient), hummus, tomato, cucumber and avocado.
Eat them plain- warmed in the microwave.
My daughter loved these for an afternoon snack, dipped in creamy tomatillo dressing along with some vegetables and hummus
Give this recipe a try...you won't regret it!
LIFE IS GOOD!