Fresh warm falafel are hard to beat, and in spite of the frying are healthy too! This is a great authentic Israeli falafel recipe taught to me by Tair who moved to Tokyo from Israel and brought much of her delicious cuisine with her! These are great to eat by themselves, with hummus, or in a pita sandwich. All the recipes you need for a sandwich are in my profile, thanks to Tair!
- Dried Chickpeas (1 cup)
- Roughly Chopped Onion (1/2 cup)
- Fresh Parsley (2 tbsp)
- Fresh Coriander (2 tbsp)
- Salt (1 tsp)
- Dried Red/Green Peppers (1/2 - 1 tsp)
- Garlic (4 cloves :))
- Cumin (1/2 tsp)
- Baking Soda (1 tsp)
- Soybean or Vegetable Oil (Enough to Fry)
THere's some of your spices & garlic, more important though is to soak your chickpeas overnight in cold water.
Add enough water that they are covered by 2 inches.
Drain the chickpeas and add to a food processor with your onion.
Give it a few short presses of the button.
Add your parsley, salt, hot peppers, garlic, coriander, & cumin and blend some more.
You want it blended, but NOT pureed.
It should look something like this.
Then add your baking soda and give it a few quick presses. Don't overblend it here, just get it mixed.
Then put your mixture covered into the fridge for a few hours.
Start your oil heating up.
Then make somewhat flat balls of falafel about 1/2 to 3/4 the size of a golf ball.
Always check the heat of your oil and consistency of your falafel by doing just one falafel first. Sometimes the oil won't be hot enough and the ball will break apart…
Once you've got the oil ready get a whole bunch going, turning them over as the bottom browns.
They should look like this when they come out!
Try one while it's fresh and warm!
If you're going to make a sandwich with them, first open the pita then spread some hummus on the inside.
*There's a great hummus recipe in my profile :)
Then add some fresh Israeli salad*, your falafel, and some white tahini sauce* on top.
*Recipes for both of these are in my profile too :D
If you're in Tokyo and want to learn this or many other great recipes make sure and check out Tair's meetup.
She's very friendly and you're sure to have a great time.
Now you made it, don't forget to take a Cooksnap photo to upload below! Recipe authors always LOVE to hear from you and see how their recipe turned out in your kitchen.