A few nights ago I made falafel for the first time! If you can’t tell I’m on a bit of a cooking spree at the moment. I’ve never wanted to cook this much but lately I feel like I will not only eat healthier by cooking at home but also I’ve realized that some of these recipes aren’t that hard! Want to make falafel at home? Here’s what I did!
- 1 cup cooked white chickpeas (we used chickpeas and pinto beans)
- 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped or minced
- 2-3 garlic, crushed or finely chopped or minced
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- ½ tsp red chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- ½ tsp crushed black pepper
- 2 tbsp all purpose flour
- 3 tbsp fresh parsley or coriander leaves, finely chopped or minced
- ½ to 1 tbsp lemon juice (optional)
- salt as required
- oil for deep frying
- Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Mash the chickpeas and mix everything well.
- Form into small or medium sized balls or patties
- Deep fry in hot oil like the way you would do for pakoras/fritters.
- Turn over to the other side whilst frying to ensure that the falafels are evenly fried.
- Drain falafel on kitchen tissues to remove excess oil.
- Serve falafel hot with pita bread.
My Dad wanted to try and make the greek yogurt sauce that you can get with your falafel in a restaurant but we didn’t have the ingredients to make it so he just put greek yogurt on his pita bread with the falafel while I used hummus. This was also the perfect opportunity to try hemp hearts in my pita sandwich!
I’ll have a review up shortly on these hemp hearts but here’s a quick introduction. Hemp hearts are full of plant based protein and omegas. They have a slight nutty taste, I thought of a sunflower seed or cashews when I ate them. There are many ways you can eat them as well. You can sprinkle them on yogurt, in your cereal, smoothies, or on pita while your making falafel!
For those of you who know me, you know quite well that I can burn anything (grilled cheese, mac & cheese, pasta, etc.) but I think I’m getting the hang of this cooking thing now. This turned out so good & it was really easy to make as well! I was so nervous about making it that I asked my Dad to help me (a list of a lot of ingredients get me stressed out, especially when it’s a lot of spices) but together we mastered this recipe!