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Falafel (From About.Com) Recipe

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Submitted by gksmithlcw

Makes 5 servings



Falafel is very popular in the Middle East as a fast food. Vendors sell it on the street corners in Cairo. As a main dish, it is served as a sandwich, stuffed in pita bread with lettuce, tomatoes, and tahini. As an appetizer, it is served on a salad, or with hummus and tahini. Falafel is a favorite among vegetarians. In Egypt, McDonald's has their version of a falafel sandwich. Can you guess the name? McFalafel, of course.

Recipe Ingredients for Falafel (from About.com)

16 oz chickpeas (1 can or 1 cup dry)
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
8 tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
3 tbsp canola oil (for Calorie purposes, you will need enough oil to deep fry)

Recipe Directions for Falafel (from About.com)

  1. Place dried chickpeas in a bowl, covering with cold water. Allow to soak overnight. Omit this step if using canned beans.

  2. Drain chickpeas, and place in pan with fresh water, and bring to a boil.

  3. Allow to boil for 5 minutes, then let simmer on low for about an hour.

  4. Drain and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

  5. Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper (to taste) in medium bowl. Add flour.

  6. Mash chickpeas, ensuring to mix ingredients together. You can also combine ingredients in a food processor. You want the result to be a thick paste.

  7. Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. Slightly flatten.

  8. Fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 degrees until golden brown (5-7 minutes).

  9. Serve hot.

  10. Serving Suggestion

  11. Falafel can be served as an appetizer with hummus and tahini, or as a main course. Stuff pita bread with falafel, lettuce, tomatoes, tahini, salt and pepper. As an alternative, falafel can be formed into patties and served like a burger.

Categories

Beans, Vegetables, Appetizers, Main Dish, Middle Eastern

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 147.2g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
467
Calories from Fat
128
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
14.2g
22%
Saturated Fat
1.2g
6%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
491mg
20%
Potassium
882mg
25%
Total Carbohydrates
68.4g
23%
Dietary Fiber
16.9g
68%
Sugars
11.1g
Protein
19.4g
Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 16%
Calcium 12% Iron 38%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
A
  Good points
  • Low in saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • High in dietary fiber
  • High in manganese
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