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
- 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.
- Put all the ingredients through the grinder, twice. then, mix lightly with your spoon/fork; the mixture should be loose and crumbly.
- Put about two inches of oil in the frying pan,over a low heat.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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!