Falafel or felafel is a deep-fried ball made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, that most likely originated in Egypt.
Usually served with hummus and pita bread.
I made it with chickpeas but you can use fava beans too. Recipe is very easy and simple yet delicious. You have to make a course paste of overnight soaked chickpeas with onions, garlic, ginger and some spices. Add flour for binding, make balls and fry, easy isn’t it 😊
Jolly invited me to this wonderful group ‘Recipe swap challenge group,’ where members paired and try a recipe from each other’s blog. And share with due credit. Thanks Jolly.
Its my first post for the group. I have paired with a very talented blogger Aruna Panangipally who blog at Aahaaramonline.com
A blog full of delicious recipes. It was very difficult to choose only one recipe. I wanted to make falafel in breakfast so decided to make falafel this time from her blog
I have used 1 teaspoon roasted spice powder in it to make it little spicy. Get the recipe of roasted spice powder in method.
I have used green chilli but you can use red chilli powder instead if you want. I like the taste of green chilli.
Chickpea /kabuli chana or Garbanzo Beans – 1 cup
Onion – 1 medium, chopped
Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves
Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped
Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, optional
Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
Chopped Parsley – 2 tablespoon
Chopped cilantro – 2 tablespoon
Roasted spices powder – 1 teaspoon, optional
Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste
Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Wheat flour – 2 tablespoon
Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon, optional
Oil for Frying
1. Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight.
2. Drain the water completely. And spread the chickpeas on a kitchen towel for 15 – 30 minutes.
3. Grind the chickpeas with onion, garlic, ginger, green chilli, parsley, cilantro, salt, lemon juice, black pepper powder and cumin powder. Make a course paste. Add very little water if require. I didn’t.
4. In a large bowl mix ground chickpea mixture, flour and roasted spices powder. Get the roasted spices powder recipe here.
5. Mix well. Make round balls with 1 & 1/2 tablespoon mixture. If you feel difficulty to bind then keep the mixture in refrigerator for 15 minutes and then make balls.
6. Heat sufficient oil in a wok or pan.
Fry the balls evenly from all the sides.
Transfer the fried falafel on a paper towel.
7. Serve hot with hummus or tahini sauce.
1. I have used whole wheat flour for binding but you can use all purpose flour if you want.
2. I have fried the falafel in a pan with less oil but better to use a wok or kadhahi and sufficient oil to fry the falafel evenly.
3. If you don’t like tangy taste you can omit lemon juice.
4. Use chilli according to your taste. If you don’t like spicy or hot you can omit green chilli. Or you can use red chilli powder.
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