Saturday, April 26, 2008


Hello everyone, I know I haven't posted in ages but I have cooked like crazy all this while..There just hasn't been time.I took pictures,thinking all the time of posting them here but...if wishes were horses ,I would be flying by now ..

Things have changed and happened and those I will talk of another time but today I wanted to post my falafel recipe here :)

Falafel also known in Egypt and Sudan as ta'meya,is a fried ball or patty made from spiced fava beans and/or chickpeas. It is a popular form of fast food in the Middle East, where it is also served as a mezze (snack or tapas).

The word "falafel" is the plural of the Arabic word(filfil),meaning pepper.Variant spellings in English include falafel and filafil.

Falafel is generally served in pita bread, either inside the pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flat pita. In many countries, falafel is a popular street food or fast food. The falafel balls, whole or crushed, may be topped with salads, pickled vegetables and hot sauce, and drizzled with tehina (tahini). Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of a mezze. During Ramadan, they are sometimes eaten as part of an iftar, the meal which breaks the daily fast after sunset. find more info here..So , ready for some felafel??

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

This is how you make it:
Soak dried chickpeas in a bowl,overnight.After soaking overnight , boil them. If using canned beans, no need for this step.Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander,cumin,salt and pepper(to taste) in medium bowl. Add flour.Mash chickpeas, mixing all the ingredients thoroughly.Feel free to mix everything in a food processor to get a thick paste.

Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball and flatten slightly.Deep fry in oil until golden brown.

Serve hot with hummus or tahini .


Michele said...


I have access to all these ingredietns.
Now, I'm excited.

Thanks for this recipe!
Yep, it HAS been awhile since I've popped in.

I'm glad you are still around too.
Happiness to you!!!

Haley said...

We would like to feature this recipe on our blog. Please email if interested. Thanks :)


Anonymous said...

Hi Meenal, Enjoyed reading the info about falafel. The recipe looks quite easy and interesting. Must try it. Cheers!

Anu said...

Hi Meenal,

Your falafel looks yummy and the recipe sounds easy to prepare. Our family loves falafel. Thanks for sharing.

Loved browsing thru your foood blog. Let me introduce myself. I am Anu, a novice blogger from My Scrawls.

Do visit my blog (Anu's Kitchen) when u get time. Would be happy to receive your comments :-)

Meenal Mehta said...

@ Michelle ...I just checked out your blog.Happy to see you are writing as much as ever :)

@Haley, I will get in touch with you

@pedatha ...thanks :) do try it and let me know how it turned out

Anu ..thanks for visiting my blog and Iam glad you like the recipe.Do link to my log and I will link to yours as well:))

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