Falafel is an iconic dish found in the Western Asian region along the Western Mediterranean coast. The origins of this dish are disputed as many of the countries in this region claim it to be the inventors, and the debate is as intense as the political conflicts. However, Falafel is such a delicious dish it’s no wonder everyone wants to claim bragging rights. This dish is made with ground garbanzo beans mixed with fresh parsley, onion, garlic, cumin, coriander, and fried to perfection. The flavor is earthy, herby, and savory, with a crispy exterior and a moist interior. It's difficult to stop when you start eating these, and they are the perfect nuggets for dunking into garlic or tzatziki sauce. This is also a Vegetarian and Vegan-friendly recipe so, for an authentic taste of Western, Asia tries our Crispy Falafel.
In a bowl, soak the dried peas in a solution of 2-3 liters of room temp water, making sure there is a 2-inch water line above the please, then add one teaspoon of baking soda and let soak for at least 12 hours. However, 24-48 hours of soaking will provide a better texture for the falafel if you have the time. This soaking process allows the beans to be easier to cook and prevents flatulence and bloating. A foamy layer and strong odor may come from the soaking peas, but that’s normal.
Wash and rinse the soaked peas thoroughly using a colander until the fermented scent is gone.
Place the soaked peas into an food processor along with the parsley, onion, garlic and spices then process until it becomes a nice thick granular paste like mixture.
Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and mix in the baking powder before shaping them into small 2-inch round disks about ½ inch thick.
Fry the falafel in small batches for 3-5 minutes or until the outsides are brown and crispy, then remove to the drying station and continue cooking until all the mixture is used.
Serve the falafel warm with your choice of sides or dips and enjoy.
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