This recipe is from http://www.sooogood.org/iraqi_food_recipes/falafel.html. It is the first homemade recipe that tastes like it was made in a restaurant. It was easy and tasty.
1 cup dry chickpeas (I used canned chickpeas)
- 1 small onion
- 5 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 6 tablespoons flour
- Oil for frying
Spices: salt, fresh cumin, coriander, hot pepper to taste (I used about 1/2 t of cayenne but it could have been a bit spicier)
First, soak the chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) in plenty of water overnight. If you haven’t got the time, use canned chickpeas (for this recipe one 15-oz can, drained, should do). In a food processor, finely chop the onions, garlic, parsley and cilantro. If your food processor is large, you can then add the chickpeas as well. Otherwise, mash the chickpeas up in a large bowl and then throw in the onion/herb mixture. Add your spices: about 2 teaspoons of cumin, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of coriander and cayenne pepper to taste.
Finally, mix in the flour and baking powder, which will make the mix into more of a dough.
Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Heat 1″ of oil in pan. Make small (2 T) balls of dough and flatten them a bit. Fry until golden brown on each side. (2-3 minutes per side)
- 2 (8 ounce) containers plain yogurt
- 2 cucumbers – peeled, seeded and diced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled
- In a food processor or blender, combine yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, dill and garlic. Process until well-combined. Transfer to a separate dish, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour for best flavor.