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Falafel a la Booko!

Discussion in 'Food and Beverage Forum' started by Booko, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. Booko

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    Comments about BIll O'Reilly will be punished with immediate tuna :tuna: so please don't go there!

    OK, here it is -- Booko's falafel recipe

    1 cup dried chickpeas
    1/2 large onion
    2 tablespoons fresh parsley (ok use dried if you HAVE to :()
    (2 tablespoons cilantro)
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2-1 teaspoon white pepper
    4 cloves of garlic
    1 teaspoon cumin
    1 teaspoon turmeric
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 egg (optional for vegans)
    chickpea flour (1/4-1/3 cup?) (or wheat flour)

    1. Put the chickpeas in a large bowl and add enough cold water to cover them by at least 2 inches. Let soak overnight or a bit more. You can use canned chickpeas, but dried are best and cheapest too. Too much water makes the falafel explode while cooking.

    2. Drain the chickpeas and put them and the onions in the food processor. Chop coarsely. Add the parsley and cilantro, salt, pepper, garlic, cumin, turmeric. Process until blended but not pureed.


    3. Add the baking powder and a few tablespoons of the flour, and run the processor on pulse. Add enough flour so that the dough gets stiffer. You know it's ready when it doesn't stick to your fingers. If you want to make this ahead, it can be refrigerated at this point. It's usually better if you do, but you can make them right away too.


    4. Heat oil in a fry pan until it's quite hot. 375 degrees is the setting if you have an electric fry pan or a deep fryer.



    5. Form the chickpea mixture into small (1-1.5 inch wide but thin patties) -- put the first one in to test the heat of the oil. If the oil isn't hot enough, the falafel will be greasy. If it falls apart, add a bit more flour to the mix. The falafel will puff to twice the size you put it in, so don't make them too thick or they won't cook in the middle.



    6. Continue to add falafel and flip them so they fry on the other side also. Drain on paper towels and serve with tahini lemon sauce or cucumber yogurt sauce.



    Possible frying methods: a layer of oil in a fry pan, a deep fryer (form into balls if you use this) or a wok. I use light olive oil or canola oil usually.


    Tahini-lemon sauce:
    1 tablespoon tahini sauce (sesame seed butter found in health food stores and international markets)
    juice of half a lemon
    dash of white pepper
    dash salt
    water

    OK, it looks really weird when you add the lemon to the tahini because it gets stiffer, but don't panic. Just add water until you get the right texture. If you like your sauce more or less lemony, adjust the amount of tahini and lemon juice to taste. btw, this stuff is *really* great on cooked greens like spinach.

    Cucumber-yogurt sauce
    Pretty much what it says -- grate some cucumber into yogurt. It's better if it stands for a bit. Add a touch of garlic and a dash of salt and that's all there is to it. This is great for your celery if you have wings too. ;) (nods to Jaquie!) It's also yummy on pita bread and good as a veggie dip.

    Anyway, serve your falafel with some sliced onions and olives and a fresh salad, and you have a well-balanced dinner that's tasty and cheap too!

    Eibhlin just ate falafel for lunch before she heads off to dance (again). We can't use the baking powder so we use 1/2 t. baking soda and 1/2 t. cream of tartar instead.
     
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  2. MysticSang'ha

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    How cool, Sharon! Ironically, we just had falafels the other night at our house. :)

    I'll have to give this recipe a try. We already serve it with a kind of lemon-tahini sauce as well as plain yogurt, but I'll have to do the cucumber-yogurt sauce, too. YUMMY!!




    Peace,
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  3. lunamoth

    lunamoth Will to love

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    printing that one to try out...next time Roger travels out of town. :D
     
  4. Mister_T

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    You can't hide your secret poultry message from me. I'm on to you!

    I've never had a falafel before, I've heard of them though. Are they a mediterranean type of food?
     
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  5. Booko

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    Oh no! My secret plot exposed! :eek:

    If you've ever had veggie burgers before -- these are NOT them.

    Yeah, falafel is like a street food in many areas in the Middle East. In those areas, it's like healthy fast food, if you can imagine that.

    I've tried variants on falafel recipes from India, Persia, Israel, and North Africa. I like this one the best because of its light texture (from the baking powder) and the Indian inspired spices. Anyone with arthritis leave out the turmeric, though. It aggravates it. Use some cayenne pepper instead.

    You can make 'em spicy or mild, as you wish. I know there are people who try to bake and broil them, but really, it needs to have that bit of crunch to it when you bite into it.

    I'd rather have a falafel than a hamburger any day. :yes:
     
  6. Ðanisty

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    Thank you so much Booko! It sounds absolutely delicious. I think I'll try to make them the week that Seain's here!
     
  7. jacquie4000

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    I have never made it myself before I will have to try. I used to always get it in the box at the middle eastern store we have in town. But I would love to make it myself. thanks.
     
  8. MysticSang'ha

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    Oh, it's so simple, quick, and tasty! Booko's right that it's the perfect "fast food!"




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  9. Ðanisty

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    They're also really satisfying! Some foods make you want to eat more. When I eat a falafel I'm actually full.
     
  10. jacquie4000

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    I guess these items will be on my shopping list. I will try it out this weekend.:)
     
  11. Katzpur

    Katzpur Not your average Mormon

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    I am SOOOO excited to try this, Sharon. I'm trying so hard to go vegetarian. It's just so hard for me because I don't have any good recipes.
     
  12. Buttons*

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    I can't eat a falafel after watching "He Died With A Falafel In His Hand" ... truly disgusting....
     
  13. FFH

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    Booko your recipes are the best.

    If only the world cooked and made food like you..

    Fast food health food is what the world needs...
     
  14. methylatedghosts

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    Trying out this recipe tomorrow!
     
  15. methylatedghosts

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    Hey, question.

    How much does this mix make?

    enough for 3 people to have in falafel pita pockets?
     
  16. Ðanisty

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    Hey, I need to copy this recipe before I'm banned...rofl
     
  17. Booko

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    Yes, it should be enough for 3 people. Let me know how it works out!
     
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  18. methylatedghosts

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    It was great Booko!! Thank's heaps for the recipe. I'm keeping it and taking it flatting with me next year :D

    I wanna try a little more spice next time, with a little coriander, ginger and cardamom too - that way it'll work out really great with a chicken curry I love to make (will post recipe)
     
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