I used a recipe that was featured on Vanilla Sugar and NY times. I picked it because it used dried chickpeas instead of canned, which I’d read is really important to a good falafel. I soaked them overnight and processed everything together in the food processor. It said not to puree, so my falafel mix was minced and wouldn’t hold together as balls very well. I added some flour, which brought everything together. Once we figured out the frying time, we made some pretty good tasting falafel. However, I didn’t enjoy the texture.
I looked at different recipes, and they all use canned chickpeas and bread crumbs. I guess I know what I’ll be adding next time!
Here is the recipe I used, and below is the recipe I will use next time. Jacob said we should increase the spices some because frying tames them a little.
by mark bittman
1 3/4 cup dried chickpeas
2 cloves garlic, lightly crushed
1 small onion, quartered
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
Scant teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
1 cup chopped parsley or cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Neutral oil, like grapeseed or corn, for frying
For the falafel balls:
Put the beans in a large bowl and cover with water by 3 or 4 inches; they will triple in volume. Soak for 24 hours, adding water if needed to keep beans submerged.
Drain beans well (reserve soaking water) and transfer to a food processor. Add remaining ingredients except oil; pulse until minced but not pureed, scraping sides of bowl down; add soaking water if necessary to allow machine to do its work, but no more than 1 or 2 tablespoons. Keep pulsing until mixture comes together. Taste, adding salt, pepper, cayenne or lemon juice to taste.
Put the oil in a large, deep saucepan to a depth of at least 2 inches; more is better. The narrower the saucepan the less oil you need, but the more oil you use the more patties you can cook at a time. Turn heat to medium-high and heat oil to about 350 degrees (a pinch of batter will sizzle immediately).
Scoop heaping tablespoons of batter and shape into balls or small patties. Fry in batches, without crowding, until nicely browned, turning as necessary; total cooking time will be less than 5 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.