Monday, March 15, 2010

Falafel

I make some variation of this falafel fairly often. It's good and, surprisingly, light since it's a weight watchers recipe. I just don't really ever deep fry anything. It seems like a huge mess in addition to the not-so-healthy issue. What are you supposed to do with the oil when you're done? Not that I don't ever EAT anything deep fried...

15 1/2 oz canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup(s) onion(s), chopped
1/4 cup(s) parsley, or cilantro, fresh, chopped
1 medium garlic clove(s), minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tsp olive oil
2 Tbsp tahini sesame butter
2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
8 piece(s) lettuce
4 large wheat pita(s)

I honestly think that outside of the chickpeas and maybe garlic, you could add just about anything to this you'd like. I ran out of cumin. I added some tumeric and smoked paprika. Just because I could. I think the cooking method is more important.

Combine chickpeas, onion, parsley, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt and baking soda in a food processor or blender. Process until mixture is coarsely pureed and transfer to large bowl. Stir in flour; shape mixture into 4 large patties and let stand for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400ºF.
Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties and cook until golden brown, flipping once, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer skillet to oven and bake 10 minutes more.
Meanwhile, whisk together tahini, water and lemon juice in a small bowl. I love this simple tahini dressing.

Since I was making small patties for Graham, I just made 8 small ones instead of four big ones. I served it with some roasted sweet and russet potatoes on the side and a bowl of yogurt (I wrapped ours in pita I got from the International market with lettuce, tomato and pickle). He really liked it! I was a little surprised. Falafel just doesn't seem like a regular 14 month old staple. I just love that he'll eat such 'weird' things! Right now, anyway...

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the yummy falafel you made for me last night after the kitchen was closed. You Rock!

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