Ingredients- 1 cup dried chickpeas
- 1/2 medium onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/3 cup flour
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1/4 cup parsley
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tsp salt
- Cracked pepper, to taste
Soak chickpeas overnight in a large bowl with enough water to cover them by at least a few inches.
Wake up, rinse and drain your chickpeas and throw them into a large pot with a lot of water. Don't bother measuring, just dump enough water to cover everything. Bring to a boil and simmer for an hour, or until chickpeas are tender.
Put all the ingredients, with the exception of the flour and sesame seeds, in the food processor. Process until smooth. Put the mix back into a large bowl and add the flour and sesame seeds. Get your hands in it and mix until just combined. Don't overmix!
Let the mix chill in the fridge for at least an hour. After the hour is up, get to making your falafel. Use a 1/4 cup scoop to form uniform balls. I would suggest spraying your scoop with a touch of non-stick spray so you're not beating your palm with it trying to get the falafel patties out. But, whatever works for you is fine.
Preheat your oven to 375 and put the falafel on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they're golden on both sides. You could form these and refrigerate until you're ready to bake; I made them in the afternoon and baked them after class/the gym.
FEAST. Serve on pita with the usual accompaniments, or with a side salad. I made a salad with cucumber/roma tomato/red onion/kalamata olives/green bell pepper/parsley and tossed with red wine vinegar, olive oil, S&P and oregano. It was perfection.
Makes 10 falafel
See? It takes some preparation, but I promise you that these taste far better and fresher than a boxed mix and are indeed fun to make. If you're REALLY scrambling for time you can use canned chickpeas, but the texture will change. I can't claim that these are truly "authentic" because they're not fried, but I don't really like fried food, so these are a great alternative.
You have no idea how many times I had to stop myself from calling them "falawesome".