Falafel is a fried ball or patty made from spiced chickpeas and/or fava beans. Originally from Egypt, falafel is a popular form of fast food in the Middle East, where it is also served as a mezze.

1 cup dried chickpeas or 16 oz. can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons flour
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
oil for frying


Step 1 If you are using dried chickpeas, place them in a bowl, cover them with cold water, and allow them to soak overnight. Skip this step if you are using canned beans.

Step 2
Drain chickpeas, put beans in a pan with fresh water, and bring to a boil. Boil the beans for 5 minutes, then let simmer on low for about an hour.

Step 3
Drain the beans and allow them to cool for 15 minutes.

Step 4 Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper in a medium size bowl. Add the flour last.

Step 5
Mash chickpeas while mixing ingredients together, or combine ingredients in a food processor. You want the result to be a thick paste. Add extra flour as needed if consistency is off.

Step 6 Form the batter into small balls, (about the size of ping pong balls,) and lightly flatten. Fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 degrees until golden brown (5-7 minutes).

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