I have been a Greek food lover ever since i had my first plate of Spanakopita. Although my reach is as far as vegetarian Greek food goes, i love ever single dish. I have created many dishes with greek flavours and my family approves them every single time. For this Meatless Monday, how about we munch on some home made Falafels !! Read on 🙂
My first date dinner with my husband in Montreal was in a boutique Greek style cafe. It was sometime in early Jan and it was snowing blizzards outside the window. The cafe was pretty small but just the perfect amount of cozy that we wanted. I was pretty clueless about what to order and told my husband to decide. I remember him ordering a sample platter which had pita, hummus, falafel, feta fries, Spanakopita and Greek Salad ! I was just so excited to try my first Greek platter. I loved all the components of that dish and Falafels and Spanakopita became almost a staple at my place ! I would usually buy the falafel mixes available in a greek store near my home and make falafels for my sandwiches.
Here, in San Diego, i ran out of luck for Greek food. With no Greek eateries or shops near by, i felt stuck for a while. Then one day i decided to make my Falafels from scratch. Read through a few recipes on the internet and understood the basics. I realized it was not all that difficult to create and i am so happy i took up the task ! I love these home made Falafels 🙂
Falafels- Mediterranean Chickpea Patty
Falafels: Mediterranean Chickpea Patty
- 2 cups of uncooked chickpeas, soaked overnight or atleast 6 hours (canned chickpeas will not work for this recipe)
- 2 tablespoons chickpea flour (you can also use all purpose flour in the recipe if you don’t have chickpea flour at hand)
- 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup fresh coriander
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 tsp dry grounded coriander powder
- salt to taste
- 1/2 tsp red chili powder
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Oil for shallow frying
- Drain out the water from the soaked chickpeas and put them into a food processor.
- Add in all the ingredients (except Oil) and blend in the food processor till all comes together and forms a coarse meal. Make sure not to over work for the mixture will turn into hummus. This mix might seem like a little loose but let it rest for a while and it will all come together.
- Remove the mix in a working bowl. Cover with a cling film and refrigerate it for about 2 hours. This will help is binding the mix together.
- Once the resting is done, remove from the refrigerator and form into small balls. I used tablespoon as a measurement to make the balls of equal size. 1 tablespoon mix = 1 falafel.
- Heat Oil in a pan to shallow fry the falafels. I took a broad pan to fry many falafels together. Add approximately 1 inch oil into the pan and heat the oil.
- Slowly add in the falafel balls, placing at least 1 inch apart and fry on medium high till golden brown on both sides.
- Once done, remove on a paper towel and drain the excess oil. Falafels are ready.
- Make this into a Falafel Pita sandwich and enjoy !
I served them in a Pita Falafel sandwich and it was delicious. Building up the sandwich was fun and i tried making it authentic. Everything, including the Pita bread, was made at home from scratch and the joy of taking that first bite is in-describable ! It was amazing. I would be putting up the Pita bread recipe soon too.
In case you are wondering, my Pita falafel Sandwich was made with :
- Pita bread – home made (Recipe to come soon)
- Salad which contained – Banana peppers, Kalamata Olives, Tomatoes and Bell peppers marinated in lemon olive oil dressing.
Delicious right? Try this recipe at home too and discover the magic of making falafels at home from scratch !!
Try some of my Greek flavour inspired dishes below :