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No-fail Chickpea Falafel Recipe

No-fail Chickpea Falafel Recipe
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Category : lunch
Cooking Time : 30 minutes
Serving : 2
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Prepare the ingredients before making No-fail Chickpea Falafel in your home. Then, follow these steps below to serve No-fail Chickpea Falafel for your family or friends.

Ingredients: No-fail Chickpea Falafel

  • 150 g uncooked, dry chickpeas (1/3 lb or 200 ml)
  • 1/4 Onion, chopped
  • 1-2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 pinch Ground cardamom (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh herbs such as parsley, cilantro or oregano
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Flour
  • Oil for frying: grapeseed or canola works well. You need enough to fill about 1 inch (2.5cm) up the frying pan

How to Make No-fail Chickpea Falafel

If you have prepared the ingredients needed, now time to start cooking. There are 14 steps you must follow to make No-fail Chickpea Falafel in your home by yourself.

    Step 1
  • Rinse and soak chick peas over night. After soaking, drain VERY well.
  • Step 2
  • Get your stuff ready: mix up spices and chop onion, garlic and herbs.
  • Step 3
  • Combine chickpeas with all ingredients in a bowl (except frying oil of course).
  • Step 4
  • Using a food processor, blend the mixture in small batches. I found doing it small batches helps keep the mixture evenly ground.
  • Step 5
  • Grind into a rough meal, but be careful not to turn it into a paste. It should be some what coarse like big grains of sands ;) Cover and let chill in refrigerator for an hour or two if time allows.
  • Step 6
  • The mixture should hold together enough to form round balls using your hands, though it might be slightly loose. If it doesn't stick together at all, mix in a little more flour until it does. Form 7-8 falafel balls. If possible, wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  • Step 7
  • Pour in about 1.5 in/3 cm oil in a frying pan or pot. Heat on medium until hot enough to fry (about 325°F/170°C).
  • Step 8
  • Test one falafel to make sure it doesn't fall apart by setting it in center of hot oil. It might be loose at first but hold together a few seconds after frying. If it starts to really disintegrate, you may need to blend the mixture into a finer texture. If that doesn't work, add more flour.
  • Step 9
  • The first side should be brown after 2-3 minutes (if it browns faster, turn the heat down on the oil slightly.
  • Step 10
  • If all goes well, you can start frying the rest of the falafel! Again, 2-3 minutes on the first side, then GENTLY turn over and fry other side for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Step 11
  • Fry another 2-3 minutes on the next side.
  • Step 12
  • Remove from oil. Let excess oil drain and give a couple minutes to cool.
  • Step 13
  • Insides will look like this!
  • Step 14
  • Pile up and serve in pita bread, tzaziki sauce, tomatoes, shredded cabbage, etc. In the unlikely event of leftovers, reheat in a hot oven for 10 minutes or so :)
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