MIDDLE EASTERN: Falafel

July 26, 2008 at 6:22 pm 2 comments

Here’s a recipe from the show Party Line with the Hearty Boys (from the Food Network). The Boyd family enjoyed these last night in Texas. The original recipe calls for these to be eaten in lettuce cups, but we ate them in plain ol’ pita bread with veggies and hummus.

1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1/4 cup diced onion

1/2 cup parsley leaves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon dried mint

1 tablespoon tahini

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups vegetable oil

Garlic Tahini Sauce, recipe follows

Mint leaves, for garnish

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. Put the chickpeas, garlic, onion, parsley, salt, cumin, red pepper flakes, mint, tahini and lemon juice into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until it forms a rough paste. Add the baking powder and flour and pulse until well combined.
  3. Pour the oil into a skillet and place over medium high-heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Carefully drop the falafel into the hot oil by the heaping tablespoonful, in batches. Fry until golden, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Flip and repeat on the other side. Remove to a paper towel lined dish. Repeat with the remaining falafel. Keep warm in a low oven until ready to serve.

Garlic Tahini Sauce:

3 tablespoons tahini

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves

1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves

Pinch salt

Put the tahini, garlic, honey, water, soy sauce and lemon juice into a bowl and whisk until smooth. Stir in the chopped parsley, mint and salt and refrigerate until ready to use. Bring back to room temperature before serving.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. CëRïSë  |  December 8, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Ooh! I’ll have to remember this recipe. I made my own pitas for the first time this weekend; I linked to the recipe on my blog.

    Reply
  • 2. The International Chef of Mystery  |  December 9, 2008 at 8:40 am

    That is so exciting. I have never made pitas before. I’ll have to try that myself.

    Reply

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