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Middle Eastern Falafel
In Middle Eastern countries, falafel is made from garbanzo beans and spices, shaped into balls or patties and deep-fried. It is a popular form of street food, often served wrapped in thick pita breads. These falafel patties are made on a griddle, using much less oil. Children can help mash the chickpeas and form the falafel into the patties. Try serving with yogurt sauce for an extra delicious meal! Serves 4 - 6.
Servings
5people
Servings
5people
Middle Eastern Falafel
In Middle Eastern countries, falafel is made from garbanzo beans and spices, shaped into balls or patties and deep-fried. It is a popular form of street food, often served wrapped in thick pita breads. These falafel patties are made on a griddle, using much less oil. Children can help mash the chickpeas and form the falafel into the patties. Try serving with yogurt sauce for an extra delicious meal! Serves 4 - 6.
Servings
5people
Servings
5people
Ingredients
  • 2cans (15 oz ea.) garbanzo beans or chickpeasdrained and rinsed
  • 3tbsp lemon juice
  • cup parsleyfinely chopped
  • 2 green onionsthinly sliced
  • ¾tsp salt
  • ¼tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • tsp cayenne
  • ¼tsp dried thyme
  • 1 egg
  • 4tsp olive oil
  • 4tsp unbleached white flour
  • Olive oil for griddle
Instructions
  1. Put the drained and rinsed garbanzo beans into a bowl. Use a potato masher to completely mash the beans. Stir in the lemon juice.
  2. Add the parsley and green onions to the mashed garbanzo beans, stirring well. Then add the salt, cumin, turmeric, cayenne, and thyme. Add the egg and olive oil and mix until well combined. Stir in the flour. Form the falafel mixture into patties about 1⁄2 inch thick and 2 inches in diameter.
  3. Heat a griddle to medium high heat. Spread about 2 teaspoons of olive oil evenly over the surface. Cook the patties for about 3 minutes on each side, until browned and cooked through.
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