Falafels

I had forgotten about falafels until I was on a photographic shoot yesterday and my models had very kindly provided lunch in the form of falafels, salad and humous in pitta bread.  It was so delicious and made a perfect summer lunch.

Falafels are basically Arab street food; a deep fried patty of ground chick peas, fava beans or both with spices, such as cumin and coriander, and drizzled with hot sauce, pickled vegetables or tahini.  They are very easy to make and you can customize them with things you like such as chilis, onions, garlic or spinach,   They are very nutritious and make a terrific mobile food alternative to burgers or chips. Amusingly, McDonald’s in Cairo serve a falafel sandwich called …..? a McFalafel, of course!
Falafels
FALAFEL – serves 4

Utensils:
1 x medium bowl
1 x blender or food processor
1 x large frying pan
Kitchen roll (paper towel)

Ingredients:
16oz can chickpeas
1 large onion – very finely chopped
2 cloves garlic – crushed
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (or 1 ½ tablespoons dried parsley)
1 teaspoon dried coriander
1 teaspoon dried cumin
2 tablespoons plain flour
Oil for frying

Method:
Drain the chickpeas and put in the bowl with the garlic, onion, coriander, cumin and flour
Combine all the ingredients using a blender until it forms a thick paste
Form the mixture into balls and flatten slightly
Pour oil into the frying pan to about 2 inches deep and heat to a moderate temperature
Fry the falafels until golden brown (approx 5 mins)
Pat with kitchen roll to absorb excess oil and serve hot or cold

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5 Responses to Falafels

  1. Stephen Barker July 24, 2014 at 13:59 #

    A pity McDonalds do not serve here, I might even be tempted to visit their stores.

  2. wartimehousewife July 24, 2014 at 14:28 #

    Indeed. Incidentally, I failed to bump into you at History Live! last weekend; I glimpsed you across a crowded room at the lecture on 18th Century Seduction but failed to attract your attention. Perhaps I should have shouted something about your shapely calves or the excellent powder of your wig.

  3. Stephen Barker July 25, 2014 at 20:32 #

    Sorry to have missed you at Kelmarsh. Will you be featuring g the hair regime on your blog. The other day there was a link on twitter on how to get that big hair look of the late 18th Century.

    As for the grey in my hair Madam that is natural, no foppish powdering!

  4. Stephen Barker July 25, 2014 at 20:35 #

    To be honest I have always wanted to be Mr Neville in ‘The Draughtsman’s Contract’ well at least up to the point when he is murdered for being a smartarse and annoying the rich and powerful.

  5. wartimehousewife July 25, 2014 at 21:32 #

    Drawbacks, Stephen, drawbacks.
    I’ve never seen The Draughtsman’s Contract but having just looked it up on imdb and seen the magic words ‘Peter Greenaway’, I shall rectify that at once. And then let you know.

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