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Crispy Falafel

Crispy Falafel

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It’s been a while since I made Crispy Falafel, that’s because I forget to soak my chickpeas. Finally I remembered and I soaked my chickpeas for a whole day and a half.

Chickpeas has to be soaked to get it beautifully soft. We love having them in pita bread or flatbread. I sometimes turn them into burgers too. This middle-eastern recipe is definitely a treat.

I usually served these Crispy Falafel with some Tahini sauce, chilli, onion, tomatoes and cucumber. However, this time I did make some Tzatziki. Will post the recipe for that soon.

All tucked into fresh pita breads. It was absolutely heavenly.

Although I don’t deep fry things often, these falafels have to be deep-fried to get that crisp outer coating. Cooking it any other way does dry it out.

Trust me I have tried other methods and it just doesn’t work the same. So let’s forgot that’s it’s deep-fried and enjoy it.

After all I am sure it’s not made that often to feel guilty. I make falafels every few months and when I do I want to enjoy it.

If you use a “healthier” oil like avocado oil, the guilt will be less. I often use Avocado or Peanut oil when deep-frying stuff.

My pantry always has chickpea flour so I use it in my falafel mix. If you don’t have some you can use normal flour.

I also love adding chilli to everything so I add a hint of chilli flakes to my mixture and garlic of course.  I also added some freshly roasted and ground cumin and coriander.

Making falafels is not a huge mission, everything goes into the food processor and it’s done in a jiffy. Frying doesn’t take that long too.

Crispy Falafel in a white plate

More chickpea recipes to try:

Chickpea Butternut Curry with Coconut Milk

Creamy Homemade Hummus

Crispy Falafel

Course Main Course
Cuisine Middle-Eastern
Keyword chickpea, crispy falafel
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Soaking Time 12 hours
Servings 15

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas soaked for 12 hours or more
  • 1&1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp chickpea flour
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying

Tahini Sauce

  • 2 tbsp tahini paste
  • 20 ml lemon juice
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • salt

Instructions

  • Soak chickpeas for 12 hours or more. Drain, rinse and dry the chickpeas thoroughly
  • Place all the ingredients, chickpeas, cumin, coriander, chilli flakes, fresh coriander, fresh parsley, onion, chickpea flour, baking powder and salt in a food processor. Blitz, adding the water until it resembles a coarse paste like mixture
  • Roll the mixture into small balls or whatever size you prefer
  • Heat 2 cups oil, on medium heat, and fry the falafel for about 2 minutes each side until golden brown

Tahini Sauce

  • Place everything in a bowl and whisk. You can adjust the lemon juice, salt and water according to your preference. Should be a "drizzle" consistency

Notes

  1. You can use normal cake flour in place of the chickpea flour
  2. I do not use a thermometre to test my oil. I place a piece of mixture in the oil and if it bubbles and rises I know my oil is at the right temperature
  3. If you are using a small pan to fry the falafels you may require less oil. Just ensure the falafels are covered with the oil when frying
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