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Falafels again

December 13, 2010
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I make falafels a lot.

When we lived in Hoboken NJ I would order 200 little falafel balls online and have them delivered.  They were teeny tiny and  hand-made, then packaged in air tight bags.    I wish I could remember the company, but to this day, they’re the best falafels ever!  When we left NY in 2001 and moved back to Canada, I felt a little panicky about leaving them and had no other choice but recreate my version.

I’ve tried to copy them 1001 times since then and although I won’t say I have succeeded, I will say that mine are at least 2nd best and no deep-frying!

Here’s yesterday’s version.  I make them different every time and they are very forgiving so feel free to substitute ingredients.

falafels

1 cup of cooked brown lentils

1 large white onion

4 cloves of garlic

2 chili peppers (optional)

3/4 cup fresh oregano loosely packed or 3 or 4 tbsp dried (I’ve used coriander and parsley with great results)

3 tbsp soy flour (any flour will do)

salt n pepper to taste

juice of 1 lemon

Boil 1 cup of brown lentils in 3 1/2 cups of water until soft.   Drain and mash with a fork.

In a Blender add hot peppers, onion, garlic, oregano and lemon juice.   Blend until you have a paste.   Add to mashed lentils and stir in flour.       Your mixture should be thick enough to roll into little balls (using wet hands helps).  Place them on a baking sheet and bake at 375 until dark brown and slightly crispy.    Approx. 30-40 min.

This is what happens when you eat too late and the sun takes away your nice pictures.

Serve with brown rice sprinkled with a bit of dried oregano, salt n pepper, chopped tomatoes, cucumber and  a whole wheat toasted pita.    Add a dollop of plain yogurt.    I’ll  usually add some hummus as well.

This is Steve’s last meal on death row choice.  What’s yours?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Lisa permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:57 pm

    I can’t resist, cosmos, red wine, followed by grand marnier.

  2. Kelly permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:30 pm

    Those look delish – I’ll have to try them one day.

  3. Kelly permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:32 pm

    oh and my death row meal would also be LOTS of alcohol cause I’m dying after all. I hope Steve would at least want his falafals deep fried on death row 😉

    • December 14, 2010 11:19 pm

      lol! funny. As much as do like my drink I would still prefer actual food. I’m thinking fried chicken, macaroni salad and cheese biscuits. A real Southern feast.
      Steve would still insist I bake them bytw

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