Monday, March 2, 2015

Homemade Falafel~ Secret Recipe Club

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Homemade Falafel- Secret Recipe Club

It's time for this month's Secret Recipe Club reveal! I love being part of a group of bloggers, who cook from each other's blogs and then blog about it. It's so exciting to see who had my blog every month and to see what recipe they chose to make! This month I was assigned to Sawsan's blog- Chef in Disguise. Sawsan is an orthodontist from Jordan. When she is not at work, you can find her creating something delicious in her Middle Eastern kitchen. I had so much fun browsing Sawsan's blog. We don't really eat Middle Eastern foods, but I've always been intrigued by the flavours. I found a bunch of recipes I wanted to try like Rosemary and Lemon Red Lentil Dip, Chicken Satay, No Knead Olive Bread and these Falafel

I had been wanting to try making falafel for some time now, but have been putting it off. I took this as the perfect opportunity to check falafel off my foodie bucket list. Not being a big fan of fava beans, I decided to go with chickpeas only. I also cheated and used canned chickpeas, rather than dried. We don't really like cilantro, so I left that out as well. I have to confess that I did add a bit too much water, when trying to puree all the ingredients together, so I ended up having to add in about 1/3 C of flour to my chickpea mixture. The falafel still turned out wonderfully. They were light and fluffy and so delicious. The kids went crazy for them and Hubby and I loved the wonderful yogurt sauce. This was a total hit for my family, and I plan on adding falafel to my meatless meal rotation.

Homemade Falafel- Secret Recipe Club

Homemade Falafel
adapted from Chef in Disguise

2- 14.5 oz cans of chickpeas, drained
1 C parsley leaves, without the stems
5 cloves garlic, peeled
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
3-4 Tbs water
1/4- 1/3 C flour
oil for frying
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

Yogurt Sauce
1/4 C plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbs natural peanut butter
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbs parsley, finely chopped

Place chickpeas, parsley, garlic, onion, salt, pepper and spices in a food processor. Run until everything becomes a smooth paste; about 10-15 minutes. Scrape down sides, to ensure everything becomes combined. Add water, 1 Tbs at a time, to loosen mixture up, if mixture is too dry to combine properly. Chickpea mixture should look like a homogenous slightly loose mixture (it should stick together when shaped). If mixture is too loose, add flour 1 Tbs at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

In a medium pot, heat about 1 1/2 inches of oil, over medium low heat. Add baking powder and baking soda to chickpea mixture and stir well to combine. Let rest while oil heats.

Once oil is hot, using a medium cookie scoop, scoop balls of chickpea mixture (4-5 at a time) and carefully drop into hot oil. Cook, turning falafel occasionally, until falafel turn a nice brown colour. Remove to a paper towel, to drain.

Mix the yogurt sauce ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate until all falafel is cooked. Serve with dollops of yogurt sauce and toasted pita, or naan bread.

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Helen at Casa Costello said...

Mmm that lentil dip sounds yum - I've never made falafel but have a huge tin of chickpeas ready! #secretrecipeclub

Anonymous said...

YUM! I love falafel and yours looks wonderful!

Lisa said...

Your falafel looks so fun!

mealplanmaven said...

We love falafel and enjoyed them every chance we had when we were in Israel. Yours looks sooooo good and I can't wait to try your recipe!

Cindy Jamieson said...

Thanks Linda. I'm glad I chose this recipe to try.

Cindy @ Hun What's Dinner? said...

Thank you. I really enjoyed it.

minnie@thelady8home said...

That looks absolutely yummy!!!

Joanne T Ferguson said...

G'day I love felafel and now am salivating for some Cindy!
Cheers! Joanne

Renee Paj said...

Great choice for SRC! I'll have to check out that blog!

Sheena @ Tea and Biscuits said...

Your falafel looks quite delicious, thanks for sharing!

Mandie A said...

I LOVE falafel! This looks delicious!

Avril said...

You did a beautiful job making falafel! I would have never guessed it was your first time making it! :-)

Chit Chat Chomp said...

Big fan of falafel, and love the addition of peanut butter into the yoghurt sauce - what a great idea!

Danielle Miller said...

I could eat my weight in falafels - that sauce sounds great too!

Sue Lau said...

We love falafel on pita with hot sauce and this look like they would be perfect! You did an excellent job making these.

Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog said...

I am a huge falafel fan, yours look perfect! Nettie