Don’t be intimidated to make falafel from scratch. Once you read the recipe, you will see its fairly simple. So go ahead and get cooking to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day.
I like to serve falafel with warm pita (or even a wrap), sliced tomatoes, hummus and tehine.
Note: a cooking thermometer is needed for this recipe
Falafel, Parve, Serves 6
Ingredients for this Kosher Recipe for Falafel
1 1/4 cup dried chick peas
2 cloves garlic
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp fine sea salt
3/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
6 cups vegetable oil (for frying)
Soak chick peas in cold water to cover by 2 inches in a bowl at room temperature for 12-24 hours. Drain and rinse well.
Puree chick peas with garlic, onion, cilantro, parsley, salt, cumin, coriander, pepper, baking powder and cayenne pepper in a food processor until mixture is smooth (about 2 minutes).
Spread puree in a 15 x 10 inch baking pan and set on a counter to dry, uncovered, for one hour.
Scoop 2 tablespoons of the puree onto a wax paper-lined tray, then press and pat with your fingers into a 2 inch wide patty. Make a small dent in the center of the patty with the tip of your pinky finger (to help cook evenly). Continue, arranging patties in one layer on wax paper.
Heat about 1 inch of oil in a 5 quart heavy pot until thermometer registers 340 degrees. Working in batches of 4-6, gently drop patties into hot oil to fry for 2-3 minutes, turning occasionally until golden brown. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cooked falafel patties to a paper towel lined platter to drain. Be sure oil returns to 340 degrees between batches.
Falafel may be served warm or at room temperature, as a side dish, an appetizer, or even a main dish.
***For a low fat alternative, place falafel patties on a lightly greased baking sheet and spray them with oil. Bake at 375 degrees until golden.
This delicious falafel recipe is from “The Best of Lottie’s Kitchen” cookbook. To read more about Lottie’s Kitchen in Jerusalem click here.