How to Make Authentic Falafel – Crispy Fried Garbanzo Bean/Chickpea Fritter Recipe!!!

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How to Make Authentic Falafel - Crispy Fried Garbanzo Bean/Chickpea Fritter Recipe!!!
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Recipe type: Vegan / Vegetarian
Cuisine: Middle Eastern / Mediterranean
 
In our previous 2 episodes we covered tahini paste and hummus. Today we're making falafel with tahini sauce and hummus.
Ingredients
  • 450g Dry chickpeas / garbanzo beans
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 60ml Parsley
  • 5 Cloves garlic, chopped
  • 25ml All-purpose flour
  • 7.5ml Salt
  • 10ml Ground cumin
  • 5ml Ground coriander
  • 2.5ml Fine black pepper
  • 2.5ml Cayenne pepper
  • 1.25ml Ground cardamom
  • Oil for frying
  • Tahini paste and olive oil to thin
  • Hummus
Instructions
  1. Place the chickpeas in a large bowl and cover with twice the depth of water. You cannot use canned chickpeas, the recipe will fail. This recipe can be challenging and as a result, I have included a troubleshooting addendum below. Be sure to read this before starting.
  2. Cover the bowl with cling-wrap and allow this to stand overnight.
  3. The following day, drain the chickpeas and rinse them thoroughly.
  4. Transfer the chickpeas to your food processor along with the chopped onion, parsley, garlic, flour, salt, ground cumin, ground coriander, pepper, cayenne and cardamom.
  5. Process the mixture until it resembles couscous. Place it in a bowl, cover with cling-wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  6. To form the falafel, use a 30ml measuring scoop. Compress the mixture into the scoop and shake the molded shape out into your hand. Gently shape it into a ball and transfer this to a platter.
  7. To make sesame coated falafel, roll the formed ball in sesame seeds scattered across a platter.
  8. Continue until all of the balls are formed.
  9. Half fill a large pan with oil and heat this over medium heat to 160c or 320f.
  10. Carefully drop the falafel into the oil and fry for 2 to 3 minutes per side until crispy and golden.
  11. Remove the falafel from the oil and drain and drain on kitchen paper.
  12. Serve the falafel on a bed of hummus. Thin the sesame paste with extra olive oil and pour this over the falafel. Garnish the plate with fresh coriander and serve immediately.
Troubleshooting
  1. If the balls will not hold together:
  2. ) Your chickpeas are too old
  3. ) The mixture has not been processed fine enough
To fix this
  1. ) Return the mixture to your processor and process until it resemble couscous
  2. ) If it still does not hold together, add 2-3 tablespoons of flour and 1-2 eggs and mix this into the mixture thoroughly

 

 

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