Falafel is said to be first made in Egypt,dating back to Biblical Times and originating somewhere on the Indian subcontinent is made of soaked chickpeas ground with few other ingredients and deep fried and is claimed as “The National Snack or Food” of Israel…So Interesting and Excited about this I tried this and I can tell you This is the Best Snack you can make easily.
This Meditteranian food is very popular all over the Middle East,Served as a traditional dish perfect as a treat or snack or filling maincourse.Served as street food or fastfood in Cairo…Even here in the Middle east..
Mostly Served with Hummus, and Tabouleh(Salad of Burghol,Parsely,onion and tomato) with falafel broken into small pieces and served in pita pockets or wrapped makes a filling vegetarian dish.Used to replace meat .This is a part of Jewish Cuisine.The Egyptians Derived the word Falafel from Arabic word Filfil (Pepper)
I feel this resembles the Masala wada made in South India, but the Ingredients are quite different.Try to get the real taste of this Snack.
Things you need to prepare
Chick peas – 200 gms soaked overnight and drained.
Onion – 1 small chopped roughly
Garlic – 2 cloves grated
Parsely – a handful chopped
Fresh Coriander – a handful chopped
Green chilli – 1-2 deseeded and chopped
Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Coriander Seeds – 1 tsp
Salt as per taste
Baking soda – 1 pinch
Black pepper – 1/4 tsp
Oil for deep frying
1 Bun or 2 white Bread slices soaked in water
Soak the chickpeas overnight and drain,When not using immediately keep the chickpeas along with little water in the refrigerator after rinsing.
Now divide into half and place one half of the chickpeas in the mixer jar or food processor and add onion and garlic and grind coarsely scraping the sides in between and remove into a mixing bowl.
Take another half of the chickpeas and add chopped herbs(parsley and fresh coriander),slightly crushed cumin,coriander seeds and pepper. and grind coarsely.
Squeeze the water out of the bread and add to the mixing bowl along with salt and baking soda.Knead well with your palms and keep .
Now make patties with your palms as you wish mostly the Falafel looks like slightly flattened balls.
Heat oil for deep frying and fry in batches till golden brown.
Serve hot with Tomato Sauce or Ketchup or Traditional Hummus….