Falafel from Scratch

I love eating falafel and find myself craving it all the time. It’s very simple to make at home though, and even healthier too if you use olive oil to cook them instead of deep frying them like restaurants do. I found a very simple recipe from Epicurious that I love every time I make it. All you need is:

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 1/2 large onion, roughly chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon dried hot red pepper
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4-6 tablespoons flour
  • Soybean or vegetable oil for frying

I like to add spinach to mine for some added vegetables, and I use olive oil to fry it. I was given Google Glass for one of my classes, and with them I made a video on how to make falafel:

They may have turned out slightly burnt, but they still tasted delicious and that’s what matters.

IMG_8727Instead of tzatziki sauce, Lindsay and I decided to make a Greek yogurt and cucumber sauce. We Googled it and clicked on the first website we found, and luckily for us, the sauce turned out really well. All it calls for is:

  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 cup Cabot 2% Plain Greek-style Yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon flavorful extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Lindsay actually ended up making the sauce and she tailored the recipe to our taste and what ingredients we had. Instead of grating the cucumber, she chopped it up in small chunks. I’m really happy she did this because when the sauce was on the falafel, it added a nice, refreshing crunch. She also threw in Sriracha because if you haven’t noticed by now, we’re slightly obsessed with it.

IMG_8726Even though this meal decision was spur of the moment and the falafel got a little more blackened than planned, it turned out great. Both recipes were simple and delicious, and I would definitely make them again.


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