Falafels - easy to make, delicious and you can freeze them. I added chopped spring onions to the recipe
Falafel is very popular in the Middle East as a fast food. As a main dish, it is served as a sandwich, stuffed in pita bread with lettuce, tomatoes, and tahini. As an appetizer, it is served on a salad, or with hummus and tahini. Falafel is a favorite among vegetarians.
In Egypt, McDonald's has their version of a falafel sandwich. Can you guess the name? McFalafel, of course.
As you can imagine, being a vegetarian, I love chickpeas and have found many recipes containing them. Yesterday I made a batch of falafels and froze them. When hubby has his hamburgers, I will make a schwarma for myself . We get the most divine pitas in the neighbourhood. You can read about my trip to the bakery to buy these here.
• 16 oz. can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans.
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
• 3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
• 1 teaspoon coriander
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• 2 tablespoons flour
• Salt and pepper
(I added chopped spring onions)
Drain the chickpeas and mash roughly.
Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper (to taste) in medium bowl. Add flour.
Mix ingredients together. You can also combine ingredients in a food processor. You want the result to be a thick paste. (I don't have a processor here in Khartoum)
Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. Flatten slightly.
Fry in 2 inches of hot olive oil until golden brown (5-7 minutes).
Delicious hot or cold