FIVE DIFFERENT WAYS TO MAKE FALAFEL 

Falafel is a delicious vegan meatball you put inside a pita bread and eat like a sandwich. Israeli cafes sell them. Had some? Does it come back to you now? I found these recipes online. Every time you find a new ingredient in one version that isn’t in the other version, use that ingredient. Borrow from ‘em all.


YOU CAN MAKE A LIVING PRODUCING THE WORLD'S MOST DELICIOUS "MEAT" BALL!
Falafel balls added to hot homemade broth or thin soups at end of the simmer is the most delicious food you can put in your mouth. I cannot explain how the flavor opens up in hot broth. You can make 70 FALFAFEL balls with short work, (they're vegan meatballs basically,) freeze them in bags, take out what's needed for the night's soup.  All large Arab/ Lebanese or Middle Eastern markets have them, and Trader Joes also --- frozen in a bag. Very handy. I dropped a few in a bowl of hot soup and was surprised that when heated, it suddenly became so extremely yummy. Treat frozen falafels  like albondigas, that Mexican beef meatball soup. Save your broth from good, local chicken, nothing shipped in ‘old’ from Arkansas. Fridge overnight. Skim that fat off with a spoon, store in a tin can. When it's full bag it toss it. Cannot go in compost pile. ANOTHER GREAT BROTH is Asian fish broth but vegie broth is delicious. Drop these vegan falafel  balls into your soup! until heated through. If you could make a product that your subscribers would get addicted to very quickly, it would involve a plastic bag with 20 odd meatballs,  sell them thru local food boutiques for Vege Meat balls encouraging their use in Hot Soup, you would build a Frozen foods EMPIRE.

HEAT PITAS on CAST IRON SKILLET until crunchy, FILL with four balls, then onion, salad, tomato, pickle slices, and TAHINI SAUCE:

    * 1 cup tahini sesame seed paste (made from light colored seeds)
    * 3/4 cup lukewarm water, or more for consistency
    * 3 cloves raw garlic (or 5 cloves roasted garlic)
    * 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (or more to taste)
    * 1/4 tsp salt (or more to taste)
    * 2 tsp fresh parsley, minced (optional)

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I. The Israeli Version for Falafel

Ingredients:

8 oz chick peas (not canned, please. See note at the end.)

3 Tablespoons Wheat meal or Cracked wheat or Bulgur.

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon cumin

2 tablespoon fresh coriander, chopped as fine as possible.

2 tablespoons flour

1 teaspoon salt

¼ tsp. pepper Directions:

* 2 Cups GRAPE SEED OIL. (cheap high smoke point) Peanut also good but costly.

1. Soak chick peas in water for 8 hours. Drain and grind.

2. Soak Wheat meal or substitute in water for 2 hours. Drain and grind.

3. Mix all ingredients together.

4. Form balls about ¾ inch diameter.

5. Deep fry until golden brown (best fried in a net or a deep fryer).

6. Serve in pita bread, Hummus, Tahini sauce, tomatoes-cucumbers-parsley-lemon juice on some dark green salad all go inside.

Note: It is possible to use canned chick peas. However, it is not as good, and you have more weight (because they are pre-cooked, and absorb water)

HEAT PITAS on CAST IRON SKILLET until crunchy, FILL with four balls, then onion, salad, tomato, pickle slices, and TAHINI SAUCE:

    * 1 cup tahini sesame seed paste (made from light colored seeds)
    * 3/4 cup lukewarm water, or more for consistency
    * 3 cloves raw garlic (or 5 cloves roasted garlic)
    * 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (or more to taste)
    * 1/4 tsp salt (or more to taste)
    * 2 tsp fresh parsley, minced (optional)

II. Falafel

Ingredients:

4 c. uncooked chickpeas

¼ c. packed chopped cilantro

¼ c. packed chopped parsley

3 T garlic (powder or chopped fresh)

¼ onion

2 T olive oil (!)

1 t. each salt & pepper

¼ c tahini

¼ c baking powder(optional)

* 2 Cups GRAPE SEED OIL. (cheap high smoke point) Peanut also good but costly.

Directions:

Soak beans overnight. Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it’s combined, Scraping down the sides as needed. don’t add any water or extra oil. Bake or fry in grapseed oil until golden brown, take time so the insides are all cooked as well. This recipe goes well with a simple tahini sauce.

Falafel III

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup dried garbanzo beans

¾ cup cilantro

2 jalapeno peppers

5-7 cloves garlic

½ tsp cumin and grapseed oil for frying.

Directions:

To serve: Ingredients:

4 pita breads with pockets, halved

lettuce, tomato, cucumber-chopped & mixed together with a pinch of salt

Tahini sauce
:
    * 1 cup tahini sesame seed paste (made from light colored seeds)
    * 3/4 cup lukewarm water, or more for consistency
    * 3 cloves raw garlic (or 5 cloves roasted garlic)
    * 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (or more to taste)
    * 1/4 tsp salt (or more to taste)
    * 2 tsp fresh parsley, minced (optional)

hot sauce

Directions: Soak the chick peas overnight. The next day, drain & blend together with the rest of the ingredients in a food processor ‘til fine. Make into small patty shapes & shallow fry with very little oil. (Alternately, you can deep fry, if you can afford all that fat.) Hot sauce: Put 1 tomato in hot boiling water for 1 mandarin & peel. Chop roughly. Blend together, very well, with 2 or 3 garlic cloves, ¾ tsp chili powder (or chili paste is better), salt & very little sugar (if desired).

To serve: Break falafel balls into bite size pieces. Mix the salad with some tahini & add in the falafel pieces. (This way, you get the taste of falafel in every bite.) Stuff into the pita pockets & serve with the hot sauce & additional tahini.

Serves: 4-6.

Preparation time: 20 -30 mins.

IV. Falafel

Ingredients: * 2 ½ cups washed chickpeas raw uncooked.

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp crushed coriander seeds

1 tbs chopped coriander leaves (optional)

3 crushed garlic cloves

¼ cup finely chopped parsley

1tsp ground cumin

•½ tsp cayenne pepper2 tsp salt

¼ tsp black pepper

¼ cup flour

* 2 Cups GRAPE SEED OIL. (cheap high smoke point) Peanut also good but costly.
Soak chickpeas overnight in 10 cups hot water and 2 tsp baking soda. Rinse, Drain. Grind in a blender or food processor until fine. Add spices and flour. If mixture is too dry, add a few drops of water. Make small balls about 1 ¼ “ (3 cm) in diameter. Place on waxed paper or a greased baking sheet. Heat the oil and deep fry a few balls at a time for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel. Keep balls warm. Makes 60-70 falafel (or falafel) balls.

To serve: Stuff 6 balls in a fresh pita bread together with humus, tehina, fresh vegetable salad and hot pepper sauce. Eat warm as a sandwich. But if you want a treat, drop in simmering broth at last minute.

RAW FALFAFEL - Raw fooders soak chickpeas overnight. Grind them. They’re ready. They’re sprouting. They’re alive. COOKED FALAFEL. OTHER people soak raw beans overnight, then cook the softened beans until soft. They Drain. MASH. Both schools add a lot of ingredients to the MASH. Add fresh garlic, squeezed in, soy sauce, chile sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds, raw lemon juice, cilantro, mashing as you add. I believe the raw fooders do not fry. But how would it hold together? Google this enquiry. Me? I’ll FRY! I like crisp. And then, I’d put mine in broth soup.
As the flavor explodes in an amazing way.

TAHINA or TAHINI isn’t something you make. It is sesame butter, like peanut butter, but different. It comes ready made in a glass jar at middle eastern shops. In L.A. all super markets have a foreign section with tahini. It’s like soft peanut butter, made of ground up sesame seeds, very high in calcium. Add lemon juice to thin it to the consistency of buttermilk, shoot some squeezed garlic in there too. Couldn’t hurt. Chop flat parsley or coriander into it, but first wash the greens, dry on a tea towel!! Why? CUZ SAND is not an ingredient!.

A website full of two thousand year old recipes from Greece offers this falafel recipe:

http://www.greek-recipe.com/modules.php?name=categories2

ANCIENT GREEK METHOD: INGREDIENTS

·1/2 kg chick peas a little over a pound

·2 medium onions, chopped

·Salt,

·Pepper

·parsley,

·dill,

·oregano

·1 mashed tomato (optional)

·Dry breadcrumb

·Flour for binding the mixture and for coating

·Some crumbled feta cheese or any grated cheese (optional)

·1 or 2 eggs

·Olive Oil or grapseed oil for frying, costly peanut oil fries at higher temp, better)

METHOD

Soak the chick peas in water overnight. Drain and mash with a mixer. Place in a bowl and add chopped onion, mashed tomato, breadcrumb, finely chopped parsley, dill, oregano, salt and pepper. Add cheese, beaten eggs and a little flour to bind. Mix well, form into small balls and coat in flour. Fry in hot oil until golden brown.
 

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