Tuesday, August 16, 2011

August 16, 2011: Falafel Recipe

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I don’t know about you, but I’m partial to Mediterranean cuisine. It uses so many fruits and vegetables and fresh fish that it is often touted as one of the best diets in the world. Two of my favorite foods are hummus and falafel. Here’s a recipe I found online for supposedly authentic falafel; it doesn’t quite taste like what I’ve bought in the store but it’s still good.


1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans
½ large onion
2 cloves of garlic
3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed
3 tablespoons flour
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil + a couple drops of sesame oil, for frying

Drain the garbanzo beans well. Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until smooth. The mixture should be very thick. Depending on how well you drained the garbanzo beans, you may have to add more flour.

Heat the oils in a saucepan. Add balls of the falafel mixture and deep dry until golden brown and crispy on the outside.

Tip: I put my falafel in a pita bread pocket, added a yogurt-cucumber sauce, feta cheese, and sunflower sprouts for a delicious lunch sandwich that is much more unique than the same old ham or turkey with cheddar. You can also make patties out of the falafel and serve them on a bun like a hamburger.

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