Homemade Falafels!

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I served my falafel on roasted red pepper hummus and garlic hummus... YuM
A falafel is a deep fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas and/or fava beans. Falafel is usually served in a pita or wrapped in flatbread known as "lafa". The falafel balls can then be topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and drizzled with tahini-based sauces. I have really gotten in the falafel zone lately.. I had some amazing falafel in Europe and have been craving them ever since. My favorite place to get a falafel platter or pita is "Falafel King" located in between 1st and 2nd Street on Stephen Ave... I was in the mood to cook up a storm yesterday and these turned out way better than we both expected! I found the recipe on grouprecipes.com I suggest using a stir fry skillet with high sides for frying if you do not have a deep fryer. As long as the oil is heated to around 350 degrees and there is 1.5-2 inches of oil in the bottom. Hope you enjoy these!
Ingredients:
14 oz. can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans
1/2 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbs. of fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. cumin
2 Tbs. flour (we ended up using around 1/4 cup)
1 tsp. baking powder
Kosher salt to taste
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Canola oil for frying

Directions:
1. Drain and rinse chickpeas. Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper (to taste) in medium bowl. Add baking powder and flour.
2. Combine ingredients in a food processor. You want the result to be a really thick paste. Transfer to bowl, cover and chill for at least 2 hours (important).
3. Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. Slightly flatten.
 4. Fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 degrees until golden brown (5-7 minutes).
These were so easy to fry and they were cooked perfectly.
YuMmM fun appetizer
It became a frying frenzy! James quartered these baby potatoes from our garden and tossed them in smoky BBQ rub when they came out... OMG DELICIOUS! We dipped them in ranch sauce too. Will be making these again! :)

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