Falafel is a deep-fried ball, or a flat or doughnut-shaped patty, made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Herbs, spices, and onion relatives are commonly added to the dough. It is a Levantine and Egyptian dish that most likely originated in Egypt, but is commonly eaten throughout Western Asia.
Falafel is commonly served in a pita, which acts as a pocket or wrapped in a flatbread known as taboon. “Falafel” frequently refers to a wrapped sandwich prepared in this way: the falafel “balls” are typically laid over a bed of salad or pickles, drizzled with tahini sauce. Falafel can also be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of an assortment of appetizers known as meze.
I was trying to make falafel since last year but got a chance to make this year.LOL. I was trying to make it last week December 2018 and its January 3, 2019, I know poor joke, but yes, I got a chance to make it today. Falafel is very easy to make and healthy to eat as well. It requires the only soaking time of Chickpeas, rest is taken care off easily.
I make tahini sauce and hummus fresh the day I make falafel. I will post tahini sauce and hummus recipe soon. As a photographer, I am interested to give time to the individual photo shoot for them. You can use tahini sauce readymade as well.
Tahini sauce is nothing but sesame seeds roasted and making paste grinding with olive oil and sea salt. Hummus is made of boiled chickpea and grind with garlic cloves, lemon juice, tahini sauce, and salt.
Now a quick recipe for falafel.
2 cup chickpeas soaked overnight.
1 onion finely chopped
3 to 4 tsp sesame seeds
2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 cup chopped parsley or coriander or both.
2 to 3 garlic cloves
2 to 3 green chilies finely chopped
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp baking soda.
1/2 cup gram flour (Besan)
Salt to taste.
- Make a fine paste of soaked chickpea without adding water.
- Add all ingredient listed above.
- Adjust gram flour to bind everything together.
- Make equal size portion of a lemon size and make a small ball or flat them.
- Deep fry till they get golden brown on medium to high flame.
- Serve hot with hummus as snacks or serve with pita bread garnish with onion lemon juice, tomato, lettuce, and hummus.