The more I learn about cooking, the less I know! That's the truth that keeps surprising me! I heard about falafel from so many people, I even made once myself, but never new that it can be prepared in several different ways. Last time I made falafel from boiled chickpeas, but only a few weeks ago I learned that they can be made from uncooked chickpeas. I was really willing to try!
What we need:
250 gr chickpeas
3 cloves of garlic , chopped
1 handful of parsley , chopped
1 chilli , chopped
2 tbsp flour
¾ tsp baking soda
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander seeds , crushed
1 l vegetable oil
What we have to do:
1. Take a large bowl and put in the chickpeas. Then, pour over enough water to cover the chickpeas and an additional 2 cm more. Leave to soak overnight.
2. Drain the chickpeas.
3. Spoon the chickpeas into the blender bowl. Don't overfill the blender! If the blender is small, you will have to do it in batches. Close the blender and pulse a couple of times, then blend on full power until you create a breadcrumb like mixture. Check the consistency by stirring with a spoon. If necessary, blend again on full power until you create a fine purée. Then transfer into a bowl.
4. Introduce the parsley,chilli, garlic along with 2 tablespoons of the puréed chickpeas into the bowl of the blender. Put the lid on and blend until well combined.
5. Spoon the blended mixture into the bowl of puréed chickpeas. Then add the flour, the cumin, the crushed coriander seeds, the baking soda and about one and a half tablespoons of salt. Finally, add some pepper. Combine it all together thoroughly with a spoon. If it looks too dry, a few drops of water can be added.
6. Make falafel balls.
7. Heat the oil and fry the falafel for 2 minutes until golden brown.
8. They are usually served inside pitta bread with tahini, humus, or chopped salad. Enjoy!!!