Sunday, September 1, 2013

Authentic Falafel Balls

Falafel now a days is very common to find  in a cart here in US. There are lot of  carts or shops are famous also for their falafel sandwiches. I saw recipes where people add anything with chickpeas and call it Falafel., sometimes its good but I like to eat authentic stuff when ever its possible. I got this recipe from old colleague of  mine , she was from Israel and she always complained about falafel here it 's so commercialize that they lost their authenticity. I asked her how did you guys make at back home and she told me that all counties has their own versions of falafel. Some uses fava beans, some uses chickpea and fava mix, some uses only chickpea. Here I have used Green chickpeas to make balls. Recipe is same as my other falafel recipe.  but here I fried it , I was not at all interested to use paniyaram pan for this. Because chickpeas are dried they need moisture if you use that pan you have to semi cook it and then use pan for that. I didn't wanted to waste time and food so I just deep fry it.

Ingredients :

2 cups dried  green chickpeas 
1 small onion, coarsely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon AP flour / Maida
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes, optional
Salt and pepper, as needed
1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying.
Soak the chickpeas in cold water  overnight.

Drain the chickpeas  and place them with the onion in the bowl of a food processor.

Add the rest of the ingredients, except the oil. Mix well.

Process the mixture a second time.

Form the mixture into walnut-sized balls and deep-fry or pan-fry in hot oil.

To make Falafel sandwich, In a pita add 3 falafel balls, with tahini sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber and hot sauce. Enjoy.

Final Dish. 

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  1. delicious looks great, could you please link it to my event, only few hours are left...

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  2. perfectly made falafals...looks super interesting

  3. Awesome falafels, looks delicious...
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  4. falafels look delicious,all we need is some pita and hummus and ready dinner in minutes,we so adore Middle eastern cuisine and this dish looks a perfect way to celebrate it :-)

  5. they look fabulous.. :) I have tasted them recently because middle east cuisines have greater impact here in Germany..

  6. Looks so yum...feel like grabbing them!

  7. Thank you very much for linking in wtml event dear...

  8. Falafels are common street food here.loved your version too.

  9. Very tempting fried crispy rolls. We will love it as a side bite for our rice.

  10. This looks gr8!! Thanks for linking it to my event :)

  11. Crispy and addictive falafel, i love that pita packet sandwich.

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  13. Thanks Linsy for sharing an authentic falafel recipe. Looks really yummy!

  14. This is fabulous, I was planning to make some falafels. You made with green chickpeas, I thought to go for white ones. What say those would also be nice. Wouldn't be?

  15. Was wondering if you ever tried adding fava beans to this falafel balls?? Someone told me it's an authentic way... I haven't used yet though :(

  16. Wow I love the falafel twist that you have done. Looks so crispy and tempting.


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