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I have been reading about how much everyone enjoys falafel. I have never heard of it before. Where do you find falafel? Let me rephrase that... when you are grocery shopping, falafel is usually around what kind of foods? How do you fix it? What do you eat it with?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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Falafel is a great food!! Basically, the term "falafel" refers to little balls of chickpeas, spices and assorted stuff, which is deep fried. It is recommended that you serve these balls in a pita, with salad, and possibly some tahini sauce, if you know how to make it.<br><br><br><br>
You can buy falafel in some stores, either ready made, or as a mix. Alternatively, you can make it yourself. hee's a recipe i nicked:<br><br><br><br>
1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked in 5 cups of water for 25 hours<br><br>
1 teaspoons baking soda<br><br>
1 teaspoon salt<br><br>
1/2 cup very finely minced onion<br><br>
2 tablespoons very finely minced parsley<br><br>
1-teaspoon ground roasted cumin seeds<br><br>
1 teaspoon ground coriander<br><br>
2 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed to a pulp<br><br>
Freshly ground pepper<br><br>
1 tablespoon lemon juice<br><br>
a pinch (or more) of cayenne pepper<br><br>
Oil for frying<br><br><br><br>
Drain the chickpeas and put them into the container of a good processor or blender. Add the baking soda and salt. Turn the machine on and blend until you have the texture of coarse bread crumbs or fine bulgar wheat. You should NOT have a paste.<br><br><br><br>
Empty the chickpeas into a bowl. Add the onion, parsley, cumin, coriander, garlic, black pepper, lemon juice, and cayenne. Mix gently with a fork. Do not pat down. This mixture should be loose and crumbly.<br><br><br><br>
Put 2 inches of oil in a wok or other utensil for deep frying and set to a heat on a medium-low flame. You need a temperature of 350 to 375 degreesF. While the oil heats, form the first batch of patties. Using a very light touch, form patties that are about 2 1/4 inches in diameter, about 3/4 inch thick in the center and less so at the edges. Do not pat down or try to be too neat. The patties should just about hold together. Put as many patties into the hot oil as the utensil will hold in a single layer. Fry about 4 minutes or until the patties a reddish brown on both sides. Turn at least once during the frying process. When the patties are done, remove them with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel. do all of the patties this way.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Have fun!
 

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Oh dear. Falafel, like Baklava is a food that is claimed by many in the Middle east (Turks claim it's Turkish, Greeks claim it's Greek.) Basically it is a paste of chick peas, garlic and other seasonings, rolled into balls or formed into patties and fried, usuall served with greens and tahini served on pita. Dried mixes are usually in the ethnic or health foods section, but if you have a food processor its usually better to make your own.
 

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just wanted to share one of my favorite greeting cards... the front is a picture of a bowl of falafel and it says "falafel?" then on the inside it says "hope you feel better soon"<br><br><br><br>
i always thought that was so cute <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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falafel have to try falafel, you will never have had anythign like it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I don't deep-fry my falafels. I fry them in a tablespoon or so of oil in a cast-iron pan. Oh, and I squish them down like a patty rather than a ball. My kids (3 and 5 years) love them. If you eat dairy, try them dipped in yogurt.<br><br><br><br>
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Falafel and sauces from Deborah!<br><br>
This is the recipe I use, it is great with the Tahini Sauce.<br><br>
Mmmm! I still love tofu better <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Shannon/Zimma
 

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I buy falafel in the "health food" section of the supermarket, and fry it in a bit of oil in patties, then have it on a bun with salad (tomato, onion, lettuce, etc.).<br><br><br><br>
If I'm careful when frying it I can get away without burning it.... but even burnt I like it.
 

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what does tahini sauce taste like? can you use it on anything else? ie, is it worth buying a whole bottle of the stuff just to try it on falafel?
 

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kpickell .... tahini is also great on wholegrain bread with banana sprinkled with a few flaxseeds MMMMM <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:"><br><br><br><br>
healthy too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Yesterday, Skylark and I made some falafel. We found a recipe on Vegweb. It was really good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I have a recipe for falafel but I only use it as a guide. I don't have a food processor or a blender that will work so I mush them to desired consistancy with a potato masher. I too fry mine in a frying pan with minimal oil and flatten them as well. I like them served up in a tortilla with lettuce/tomato and spicy hummus. I make a batch every weekend to have for quick meals during the week.
 
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