Recipe by Kathleen
"These falafels are the closest thing to NYC street vendor falafels! Made the traditional way with dried soaked chickpeas! Great on a pita with lettuce, cucumber and yogurt. Asafoetida is usually found in Middle Eastern or Indian food stores. If you prefer, you can use 2 to 3 garlic cloves and 1 small chopped onion instead. This is a great base recipe, customize it to your own tastes."
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1 1/3 tablespoons
ground black pepper
red chili powder
vegetable oil for frying, or as needed
I omitted the baking soda, baking powder and sugar. These are great tasting burgers that I dry fried instead of deep fat fried. I'll be making them again!
The only reason for the low rating is to warn people to be sure to plan on soaking the chickpeas at least overnight. After 6 hours of soaking I thought I'd better cook them since they were still pretty crispy. BAD idea. They absorbed too much water and when I tried to cook them I ended up with falafel mush and had to throw it all out. The flavor was excellent and I'm going to try this again. But there's no way I'll cook them and I'd warn people away from using canned beans for the same reason
I agree with sueb that you can certainly forego the soda baking powder and sugar. I first learned about falafel from a Lebanese student in my class but for years relied on packaged mix (never as good!). Another great twist is to buy whole spices and grind them your self - it only adds 2 minutes to prep time but the flavors are so much more vivid. Also you can finely chop a bit of cilantro or parsley into the mixture. These make great finger food for parties too!
Delicious! They come out moister than previous falafel recipes I have tried, and I can say first hand, that these are indeed just like the type you get at a halal foods cart in NYC. I also omitted the sugar, baking soda, and powder as another member suggested, and it turned out great! I'm going to be making these again for my graduation party... I just might have to double the recipe!!
I made these a few months ago and thought they were wonderful. I didn't really think about them again until today when I made store-bought falafel. This recipe is one-thousand percent better than the store-bought mix. I was saying to my family, "don't you remember when I made falafel from scratch, it was SO much better." Everyone did remember the falafel made from scratch based on this recipe. I totally recommend it to anyone. It would have been good with home-made dill yogurt sauce also.
Fabulous! Followed recipe but omitted sugar and didn't have astafoetida powder. The baking soda is used to soften the beans and the baking powder is to make the falafel light and airy so I recommend using both. I let the beans soak overnight and also had to use a bit more water to get the right consistency. Much more authentic than any recipe that calls for cooked garbanzo beans. Excellent flavor. Will definitely make again!
Great recipe! I just loved it.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 159
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