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Friday Foods: Falafel

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Falafel is one of my favourite Middle Eastern cuisines ever since I first had it at a Lebanese restaurant. I’ve been wanting to see if I could make it at home since I‘m cheap don’t always go to that restaurant. So when Cartcart game me a very simple recipe, I decided to try it out.


175g dried chickpeas
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic, chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tbsp parsley, chopped

Soak the chickpeas over night in water and remove the skin. (Tip: To remove the skin, wrap the soaked peas in a towel and smash them with the bottom of a heavy bottle.)

Put all the ingredients into a blender or a food processor and give it a whiz.

Roll the paste into small balls and deep fry them. If you had added a little water into the blender like I did, you can just drop teaspoonful of the mixture into the hot oil. Cook until it’s golden brown.

You can eat it on it’s own or in pita bread with veggies. I like to dip it in hummus.

Note: My falafels ended up looking like pakoras but I think that falafels are essential Middle Eastern pakoras. I think that it would have turned out better if I had used a food processor instead of a blender but it still turned out nice and tasty. Since the dhal pakoras have about the same texture, I’m going to try it with dhal the next time.