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Video:Great Ways to Flavor Falafel

with Omar Saad

Learn ways to flavor falafel to spice up your favorite meal. Here are some great ways to flavor falafel.See Transcript

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Transcript:Great Ways to Flavor Falafel

Hi I'm Omar Saad for About.com and today we're going to look at five seasonings to add to your falafel to give it a great flavor.

Over the past couple of decades falafel, a traditional middle eastern dish, has grown in popularity here in the U.S. It tastes great, it's good for you, and best of all it's easy to make. While the foundation of the dish, fava and garbanzo beans, can be a bit bland when eaten alone, there are plenty of ways to add flavor and spice it up.

Ingredients for Falafel

You will need fava beans and garbanzo beans or a falafel mix, two cloves of garlic, some diced green onion, 1/3 bunch of italian parsley, two bunches of cilantro, one diced shallot, 1/3 teaspoon of cumin, 1/3 teaspoon of black pepper, and 3/4 teaspoon of salt.

When making falafel from scratch, you’ll want to take peeled and uncooked garbanzo and fava beans and soak them overnight to prepare the for making the dish. When ready, add them to a food processor.

Seasonings for Falafel

This is where you'll begin to season your falafel. There a many different things you can use to add flavor to it. If you're fan of spicy foods, you could add some cayenne pepper. Another common spice, and one that we'll be using today is cumin. Adding these granulated spices while you're running it through the food processor allows them to mix more evenly. We're working with around a half pound of the base mixture so we'll only need about 1/3 tsp of cumin, 1/3 tsp of black pepper, and about 3/4 teaspoon of salt.

Here's where you can get really creative with your falafel. There are plenty of different ways of seasoning and they tend to vary depending on the region of the middle east you are in. The rules aren't hard and fast, so once you've made this dish a few times, and are comfortable with it, you can definitely try some new methods.

Another Way to Flavor Falafel

Take your falafel mix and set it off to the side. Add 2 cloves of garlic, some diced green onion, a 1/3 bunch of Italian parsley, 2 stocks of cilantro, and one shallot to a food processor. This is going to provide the basis of your flavor. Once all the ingredients have been finely minced, add them to your falafel mix and blend well.

Now your falafel is ready to cook. A couple of minutes on either side in about an inch of hot vegetable oil should be sufficient. You can enjoy them in as a plate or in a sandwich topped with a tahini sauce for a finishing touch.

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