Falafel, my new found love…To say I have been MIA would be an understatement. haha… I’m truly sorry for my absence here. I took an unintentional break, as I recently changed jobs and it has kept me on my toes for a while now. My kitchen has always been active despite my tight schedule and busy life. Who doesn’t like food hey? How have you all been and how’s your kitchen life generally? Is that even a question? Anyways, let’s get back to today’s recipe. Let us call this my warm-up recipe to getting back to blogging again.
Falafel is a deep or shallow fried street food and it hails from the Middle Eastern part of the world. It is usually made with chickpeas, falafel is a vegetarian meal and it can be made vegan too. It is very easy to make and it’s packed full with flavours. I have made my spicy falafel with some bold flavours like basil, calabash nutmeg and Cameroun pepper. It is very spicy too but this can be adjusted to individual taste.
I like my falafel deep fried as I believe it cooks thoroughly and evenly without the outer part being too hard, overcooked or burnt. You don’t have to use all the ingredients listed below as long as you have the basic ingredients then you are good to go. Get rid of the egg to make it vegan. Aite lovelies, let’s get cooking my spin on falafel and hope you’ll give it your thumbs up.
What you will need
600g drained chickpea (I used canned one)
1-2 handfuls fresh parsley
1 small onion, chopped
Pinch of Cameroon pepper (optional)
1 egg (optional)
1tbs lemon juice
1 glove garlic
1tsp olive oil
For the falafel wrap and salad
Plain yogurt (Substitute with hummus or tahinni sauce)
Lime to garnish
Drain the chickpea and pat it dry. Add the whole ingredients to the food processor and pulse till almost smooth but not pureed.
Place a pan on a medium heat and add vegetable oil enough to deep fry the falafel. Heat the oil till hot. Whilst you are waiting on the oil to heat up, move on to the next stage. I was able to multitask at this stage and this made the whole process very quick. Really, falafel should not take forever to make. lol
Pour the mixture into a bowl and divide into about 8-10 parts. Shape the divided mixture into patties.
Add the shaped patties into the hot oil and fry till golden brown. I reckon this shouldn’t be more that 4 minutes.
Take it out of the oil and drain on a kitchen towel.
Method for the falafel wrap
Pour the yogurt into a bowl, add lemon juice, chilli flakes and mix together till all combined. Cut the vegetables into desired sizes; put the tortilla into a microwave for about 45 seconds. Take it out of the microwave and arrange the falafel and salad as desired. Use the yogurt as dip or simply use the good ol’ mayonaise. Enjoy