Food.. Falafel

We decided to do vegetarian twice a week to be healthier, but to also expand our list of go to meals and learn some new recipes! I love a good falafel, and since the boy had never had them we decided to take this on. They were SO good, definitely making it again.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas drained and rinse
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground dash pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • oil for frying
  • 2 pita breads
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl mash chickpeas with potato masher (use your muscle!) add in some water when necessary if it’s too dry to mash.
  2. In a food processor/blender (I use an immersion blender) blend onions and garlic, once mixed into a paste add in cumin, salt,pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and baking powder. (add in the egg to bind if your mixture is too dry, I don’t do this because I find it makes it too wet.)
  3. Add blended mixture to the chickpeas and mix well.  Add in breadcrumbs until the mixture is workable, work into balls and flatten slightly.
  4. Heat vegetable oil in pan and add in falafels to fry. Fry until golden brown and crispy on the outside.
  5. Add into pita with chopped cucumber and tomato, garnish with humus and tzatziki sauce.
  6. Enjoy!

R.

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