Have you ever eaten authentic falafel? For those of you who might not know what falafel is, it is a Mediterranean dish of small fried balls made from a mixture of garbanzo beans, fava beans, onions, garlic and a handful of fragrant spices. I love fresh falafel and making them in my own kitchen makes the dish even more appetizing.
I was recently sent a bottle of DedeMed‘s gourmet falafel spice and falafel mold. The spices smell and taste fresh and it makes a great addition to this falafel recipe. I liked Dede’s recipe but I must warn you that this is a dish that you must follow the instructions exactly or your falafel may not turn out. I loved the taste of my finished product but I definitely need to practice my technique because this first attempt needs polishing. I served my falafel on naan bread wrapped with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and tzatziki sauce. I did use the falafel mold to form the batter but afterwards it was very hard to clean the mold and I’m concerned about the durability of the press in the long run.
WIN: You can win your own bottle of DedeMed’s gourmet falafel spices and a falafel mold. To enter, make falafel with Dede’s recipe below and leave a comment with a link to a photo of the falafel you made.
Only one person per email/household/IPaddress can enter this giveaway. He/she must be 18+ years old and reside in the U.S. This giveaway ends on Saturday, 8/27 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Standard Time). One winner will be chosen randomly via Random.com on Rafflecopter.com. I will notify the winner via email and he/she must respond to claim the prize within 48 hours or I will draw another winner.
(To use Dede’s spice blend, simply follow this recipe but replace the coriander, cumin and cayenne with 2 Tablespoons of DedeMed’s special blend of falafel spices.)
Falafel Recipe (this link includes a how-to video)
2 cups garbanzo beans
1 1/2 cup fava beans
1 cup cilantro (coriander leaves)
1/2 cup parsley
1 large onion
8 garlic cloves minced
2 tsp salt
2 tbs coriander
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp blk pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
3-4 tbs dried bread crumbs
1 tsp baking soda added before frying
1/2 tsp baking power added before frying
vegetable oil for frying in a 2-3 inch deep frying pan
use tahini sauce for dipping
Soak the garbanzo beans and fava beans in water over night the day before cooking. Chop and blend the garbanzo beans and fava beans in a food processor until the beans are the consistency of fine bread crumbs. Put in a large bowl. Next put the onion, garlic, cilantro and parsley in the blender and blend until it is a paste consistency, add to bean mixture. To the bowl add the cumin, coriander, salt, black pepper, bread crumbs and cayenne pepper and mix very well. Taste to see if you would like to add more salt or not. Heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil in a 2 to 3 inch frying pan, turn to medium-low heat. Add the baking soda and baking powder to the bean mixture about 15 minutes before frying and mix well. Mold the falafel mixture into small balls and drop into oil to fry, continually turn over the falafel balls to keep the color an even brown on all sides, when they are a medium brown color, remove the balls and drain on a paper towel for a minute. Serve warm and fresh with tahini sauce, pickled turnips, pita bread and vegetables.
Don’t forget to enter to win your own bottle of DedeMed’s gourmet falafel spices and a falafel mold by leaving a comment with a link to a photo of the falafel you made.
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