Falafel is another great food that you can serve however you like: in pita bread, tortilla, in bowls with some couscous and salad, with fries and tahini sauce, etc. Just free your imagination and I am sure you will get a great dish :).
My first experience with falafels was not great, after tasting them in one place I was sure – it was the first and the last time I ever ate it. However thanks to my curiosity I gave another try and then my life changed forever (haha).
Falafels are deep fried fritters made of chickpeas or fava beans, however I usually bake them in the oven. This way it’s healthier and better for my stomach :). I love to serve it with some hummus/tahini sauce, fries and salad!
Ingredients for 3-4 portions:
- 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked for 12-24 hours (change the water after 12 hours)
- 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
- 1 cup parsley, roughly chopped
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp sumac (optional)
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsp chickpea flour (flour amount depends on your mass)
- ½ tsp baking powder
- oil for brushing
- Heat the oven to 200 °C.
- Drain soaked chickpeas.
- In a food processor add all the ingredients except flour, baking powder and oil. Pulse until you will get texture similar to coarse sand.
- Depending on the texture add chickpea flour. Usually I’m using 2 tbsp, but if mass is dry you don’t need to use any. Add baking powder and mix it.
- Form flat patties and place it on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush it with some oil and cook it in the oven for 30-35 min. Flip halfway through and brush the other side with some oil.