I make no claim to the authenticity of this. Its not something I learned as a kid, but this Lebanese woman keeps asking for my recipe. So I posted it here ;)

Falafel is a middle eastern, fried, spiced, garbanzo or fava bean patty.

I use garbanzo beans or chickpeas, and I insist on starting from dried beans. Canned beans are unappealing. The only real prep you need to do is soak the beans in water 12-24 hours ahead of needing to use them.

Step 1: Ingredients

You will need

1 cup (250ml) Dry garbanzo beans (chickpeas) soaked for 24 hours

1 - 2 Tbs (15 -30ml) Tahini - This is like peanut butter made from sesame seeds

1/2 small onion roughly chopped ~1cup(250ml)

1/4 cup (60ml) chopped fresh parsley and 1/4 cup(60ml) chopped fresh cilantro Or 1/2c (125ml)of one of the greens.

3-5 cloves garlic

1-2tbsp (15-30ml) lemon juice or the juice of 1 lemon

2 tsp (10ml) flour (this is a binder in case of celiacs you could omit or replace this with something like a little flax seed flour)

3/4 tsp (4ml) baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp (15ml) ground cumin

1/4 tsp (1ml) ground cayenne pepper


1/2 tsp (2-3ml) ground coriander

1/4 tsp (1ml) ground black pepper

1/4 tsp (1ml) ground paprika

Step 2: Mix

Add everything to a food processor and blend until grain size is 1/4-1/2 a rain of rice in size

Step 3: Fry

I have tried shallow frying and a couple other methods, and actually frying gives the best results including the least amount of grease left in the food.

I don't use a thermometer but I bet the temp is 350-375f (175-190c) its a hot fry.

Fry until dark golden brown.

Step 4: Quick Pickled Veg, and Tzatziki Sauce

I like onion and cucumber quick pickles with my gyro. To make these pickles I mix together

1/2cup (125ml) white vinegar (1/2 balsamic 1/2 white/apple is a good flavor too)

1/2cup (125ml) Mirin (Japanese sweetened cooking wine, this can be substituted with sherry, sweet marsala or white wine. add ~1 tablespoon (15ml) sugar per cup(250ml) wine if its unsweetened)

Thin slice veg, lightly salt and let sit in the pickle for at least an hour.

Tzatziki: Blend the following till smooth in a food processor, let sit at least 3 hours.

1cup greek yogurt (250ml)

1 tablespoon lemon juice (15ml)

1 clove garlic

1/2 a cucumber (250g) ~ 1/2 pound

1/2 tablespoon fresh dill (8ml)

Salt and black pepper to taste

<p>have you tried using Garbonzo bean flour instead of the grain-based flour? Also, have you tried making patties instead of balls thus allowing for less oil necessary to fry?</p>
<p>Garbanzo flour should work fine, you can also just blend a small amount garbanzo down to paste for binder, this doesn't always work. Flax seed flour would probably work as well, or egg if that's acceptable.</p><p>I did not have great success with a skillet and little oil, they ended up far oilier than just frying, to get them fully cooked.</p><p>If your not interested in frying, baking might be the way to go. Baking also shouldn't need as much binder. I have not tried this, but I would start experimenting with brushing oil on patties and baking at a high(ish) heat like 375f (190c) for 10-15min</p>
<p>it looks delicious </p>
I'd love to try this out but I feel like you skipped a few steps somewhere, but maybe that's just me. If you could also give us the food prep that is in the top photograph that would be helpful.
<p>My serving suggestion?</p><p>Well gyros are but one way to serve falafel, Some people eat them on salads or with a plate of dips. </p><p>That said I will add my accouterments to this 'ible. </p>

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