Layl al Lebanon – Falafel with Tahini Sauce

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Ok I know the title is a bit too much :$ We just had falafel with pita bread…nothing extra-ordinary. Falafel although in Arabic means “Chilli/Peppers” but it is a common Labenese delicacy…Garbanzo beans/ chickpeas balls deep fried and served on their own or filled in pita pockets to make healthy yet delicious Falafel wraps. They go so well with the tahini (sesame) sauce or thoum (garlic) sauce. The best part is that the dough can be frozen and used whenever you want. So you can whip up a large batch of dough and freeze it to be fried fresh to be served 🙂

The method is pretty easy and will hardly take you 20 minutes. Just put some Garbanzo beans (soaked overnight) in your food processor and grind them coarsely. Add in parsley, cilantro, onion and garlic that has also been processed in the food processor.

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Add in spices and bread crumbs

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Mix all together and deep fry making small balls/patties in hot oil.

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Fry till golden brown and crisp. Serve with tahini sauce.

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Ingredients:

1 cup of chickpeas/Garbanzo beans soaked overnight and drained (measured before soaking)

half a bunch of parsley (around 2-3 tablespoons when processed)

2-3 tablespoons of cilantro/coriander leaves

1 teaspoon of cumin powder

1/2 teaspoon of coriander powder (optional)

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (optional)

one small onion

7-8 garlic cloves

salt to taste (around 1 1/2 teaspoon)

one bread slice processed into crumbs

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

oil for frying

Method: 

Grind the Garbanzo beans coarsely. One cup will yield around two and half cups of chickpeas. In the same food processor without washing, grind the onion and garlic cloves along with parsley and cilantro. Add a pinch of salt while grinding so that it does not turn bitter. Add all to the Garbanzo beans. Add the spices. Add in the bread crumbs and baking powder.

Now if you are planning to keep this mixture in the freezer it is advisable that you do NOT add the baking powder at this stage. Baking powder should be added only before frying. So take out the amount that you need to fry and add the baking powder only to this amount. A big pinch should be sufficient enough. Make small balls or patties. If the mixture does not stick, which is highly unlikely then add just a teaspoon or so of water to make it bind together. You can use a teaspoon or tablespoon to form the patties as well.

Heat oil in a wok and deep fry. Each side would take around 3-4 minutes for frying or fry till golden brown outside. Serve hot and enjoy with this yummy tahini sauce.

Servings: 4-5 persons

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