Saturday, April 25, 2009

Make Best Falafel Balls Recipe

Learn how to make the best authentic falafel balls. A very filling vegetarian recipe, perfect as a starter, main course or just a snack.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes

Falafel Balls Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas or 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
  • Pepper
  • Oil for frying
Falafel Balls Preparation:
  • Place dried chickpeas in a bowl, covering with cold water. Allow to soak overnight. Omit this step if using canned beans.
  • Drain chickpeas, and place in pan with fresh water, and bring to a boil.
  • Allow to boil for 5 minutes, then let simmer on low for about an hour.
  • Drain and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper (to taste) in medium bowl. Add flour.
  • Mash chickpeas, ensuring to mix ingredients together. You can also combine ingredients in a food processor. You want the result to be a thick paste.
  • Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. Slightly flatten.
  • Fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 degrees until golden brown (5-7 minutes).
  • Serve hot.

Serving Suggestion
Falafel can be served as an appetizer with hummus and tahini, or as a main course. Stuff pita bread with falafel, lettuce, tomatoes, falafel sauce, salt and pepper. As an alternative, falafel can be formed into patties and served like a burger.

Serves 4.

More about Falafel and Falafel Recipes

Falafel Recipe from Scratch
Falafel and Falafel Mix
How to Make Perfect Shape of Falafel?
Falafel Maker
Falafel Nutrition facts

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