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Video:Falafel

with Natasha Levitan

Made from spiced fava beans or chickpeas, falafel is great as a quick meal or snack. Watch how to make this delicious dish.See Transcript

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Transcript:Falafel

Hi, I'm Natasha Levitan for About.com Food. Today, I'm going to show you how to make falafel.

Falafel Ingredients

For this recipe, you will need:
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 cups oil for frying

Blend the Ingredients

Open a can of chickpeas and drain the liquid. Into a medium bowl, place the chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt, pepper, and baking powder.

Using a hand-held blender, mash the ingredients together until they form a thick paste.

Fry the Falafel

Shape the mixture with your hands into small balls about size of a ping pong ball.

Heat five cups of oil in your frying pan. Place your balls into the oil until they're golden brown - about 5-7 minutes. Make sure to turn them with a slotted spoon so they brown evenly.

With a slotted spoon transfer, the fried balls onto your bowl lined with a paper towel.

Serve the Falafel

To make a pocket sandwich out of falafel, cut the pita and add salad, tomatoes, and your ready falafel balls. Pour tahini over the top.

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