Falafel is all about goodness, made totally of chickpeas or garbanzo beans.
Love it because it is one of the tastiest vegetarian food. It can be a starter or it can be the main meal.
I ate this many years ago in London for the first time in one of the Middle Eastern Cafés which are just about everywhere in the London streets. It was good. It reminded me of snacks that I ate as a child but not the “’dressed up’’ kind.
I began to have a liking for such food and I started exploring the making of it as well as eating in places where middle eastern food is served. Not that I have tried all but the tastiest was in Amsterdam near a palace. Really couldn’t remember the name of the restaurant though.
Now coming back to the making – many make the mistake of boiling or steaming the dried chickpeas.
Absolute NO! The dried chickpeas needs to be soaked preferably overnight and blended with some ingredients.
Form into canelles or lime sized balls, then just deep fry, no need for crumbing or egg washing!
I have made it very easy for you to follow my recipe. Easy and yet not short cutting the taste that comes with it.
Here I am using mini chapatis to wrap it, but of course you may use any other wraps such as pita bread or soft tacos that are available in the supermarkets now. Try and you will not be disappointed and you will have an accomplishment of feeding your friends and family a nutritious and tasty meal.
Serve it with Hummus ( a middle- eastern dip) or simply grated cucumber with yoghurt – delicious!