Yesterday,  I was on skype with my cousin from Israel and I got really inspired to cook up some Israeli food!

As you may have guessed the food of the hour is…falafel! I find this food extremely useful, because it doesn’t make you wait 6 hours or so before you can eat something chalavi (dairy)!

I usually make this for family dinners, but occassionally I will make it to eat for lunch in school! This recipe is from the cookbook, Taste of Israel: A Mediterranean Feast, by Avi Ganor and Ron Maiberg.

You will need measuring cups and spoons,a bowl, drainer, grinder, frying pan and a spoon or fork!


  • 1 cup of dried chickpeas
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons of parsley, minced
  • 2 cloves of garic mashed
  • feshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • pinch of chilli pepper
  •  vegetable oil for deep fry


  1. Soak  the chickpeas in water for 24 hours  and drain them(if you have time). Afterwards, and add them to all the other ingredients besides for the oil.
  2. Put all the ingredients through the grinder, twice. then, mix lightly with your spoon/fork; the mixture should be loose and crumbly.
  3. Put about two inches of oil in the frying pan,over a low heat.
  4. Shape the batter into spoon size balls. They don’t need to be neatly shaped because the main concern is that the batter should stick together ( it was cumbly and loose in the first place).
  5.  Let them fry in the pan for 4 minutes each. The balls should be turned at least once before taking them out of the pan. Drain the oil out of them with a paper towel or some sort of cloth.
  6. Repeat this process until all the batter is used up!

I like to serve this with tachina, pita and any type of salad (Israeli salad is perferable).

This may look like a complicated recipe at first, but honestly I thought it was pretty basic and self explanatory. So those of you who can’t get enough of baking will love this recipe as much as I do! Those of you who aren’t into cooking and baking yet, this recipe will really get you interested and I have no dout that you will start to love baking too!

Either way if this recipe looks interesting , if you want to tell me how yours came out  or if you have anything to add…just add a comment below!

I hope you had as awesome Lag Ba’omer because I did!

-Malka Bettoun