In Egypt, McDonald's has their version of a falafel sandwich. Can you guess the name? McFalafel, of course.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
- 1 cup dried chickpeas or 16 oz. can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans.
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 tablespoons flour
- Oil for frying
Drain chickpeas, and place in pan with fresh water, and bring to a boil.
Allow to boil for 5 minutes, then let simmer on low for about an hour.
Drain and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper (to taste) in medium bowl. Add flour.
Mash chickpeas, ensuring to mix ingredients together. You can also combine ingredients in a food processor. You want the result to be a thick paste.
Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. Slightly flatten.
Fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 degrees until golden brown (5-7 minutes).
Falafel can be served as an appetizer with hummus and tahini, or as a main course. Stuff pita bread with falafel, lettuce, tomatoes, tahini, salt and pepper. As an alternative, falafel can be formed into patties and served like a burger.
[blockquote shade=grur]In Response to jellopool:
I am sorry to hear that this recipe did not live up to your expectations. There are many factors that go into good falafel - quality of the beans, whether you mash by hand or food processor, etc. This recipes does call for 2 tablespoons of flour, however, if you find your falafel is falling apart, by all means use more, but add a little at time. Egg is also an acceptable binding agent, but only use 1 egg. I am a native Middle Easterner and use this recipe all the time.
Saad Fayed, Your Guide to Middle Eastern Food