Here is an easy falafel recipe. You can also see a video on how to make falafel at home very easily. At the end there is a printable recipe of making falafel.
Falafel are vegetarian and vegan fritters. Though not made of meat, they are still rich in proteins as they are made with chickpeas and in many countries with fava beans.
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The origin of falafel is controversial, but they were eaten in Egypt long time ago and are national dish of Egypt. Here fava beans are used to prepare falafel. It is in fact eaten throughout Middle East, and people of Lebanon and Palestine consider it to be their dish. It is a very popular street food in Israel. Here they use chickpeas (kabuli chana) to make falafel. People here eat falafel in pita bread pockets with tahini based sauce, pickled vegetables and green salad. They also eat it on its own as snack with tahini sauce and hummus. Now it has become popular in the US and Europe too. In India many Lebanese food joints serve falafel as a part of mezze platter.
Soaked chickpeas for making falafel
Falafels are very easy to make. This recipe uses chickpeas to make falafel. Soak dried chickpeas overnight. They expand to about three times their original size on soaking. So one cup of dried chickpeas will yield three cups of soaked chickpeas. Then grind these soaked chickpeas with onion, garlic, cumin seeds, red chili, lots of fresh parsley and cilantro (coriander leaves). Falafel has grainy texture. It is crunchy from outside and soft from inside. Roughly grind the chickpeas. Add a small amount of all-purpose flour (maida). It acts as a binding agent, and helps to hold together falafels when we fry them in oil. Add some baking powder to make falafel fluffy from the inside. Fry falafels on medium to low flame so that they become crunchy from outside, and are cooked properly from inside.
Falafels are ready
Serve hot falafels with tahini sauce, hummus, and green salad. They will rock any party or get together. You can shape them as balls or as flat patties. When I serve them in Pita bread pockets, I prefer to make flat patty shaped falafels, as this shape fits in the bread easily. But when I serve them to be eaten on their own , I make them ball shaped.
The kebab made from black gram – kale chane ke kabab are very good and healthy snack option. You can try them. Also check the recipe of khandvi that is made from gram flour and buttermilk. Chana rajma lobia salad is my favorite salad made from chickpeas.
Easy falafel recipe
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