Authentic Falafels

Authentic Falafels These falafels are the closest thing to NYC street vendor falafels! Made the traditional way with dried soaked chickpeas! Great on a pita with lettuce, cucumber and yogurt. Asafoetida is usually found in Middle Eastern or Indian food stores. If you prefer, you can use 2 to 3 garlic cloves and 1 small chopped onion instead. This is a great base recipe, customize it to your own tastes.

Ingredients

Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

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Time Details

    PREP : 30 mins

    COOK : 10 mins

    TOTAL : 9 hrs

    SERVING : 6

    YIELD : 6 servings

  • Place dried chickpeas in a bowl. Fill with water to cover; stir in baking soda. Soak at least 8 hours or overnight in refrigerator. Drain.

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  • Place soaked and drained chickpeas in a blender or food processor; blend to a paste.

  • Pour water into chickpea paste and blend until smooth. Scrape down sides of blender with spatula if needed.

  • Place sesame seeds, cumin, salt, baking powder, coriander, black pepper, red chili powder, sugar, turmeric, and asafoetida powder in blender with chickpea paste; blend until well mixed. Transfer chickpea mixture to a bowl.

  • Chill chickpea mixture in refrigerator to allow flavors to blend, at least 1 hour and up to two days.

  • Pour vegetable oil to a depth of 1 inch in a deep skillet over medium heat and heat to 370 degrees F (188 degrees C).

  • Scoop up chickpea mixture by heaping tablespoons and form into balls the size of ping pong balls.

  • Fry balls in hot oil until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes on each side.

Per Serving: 262 calories; protein 6.7g; carbohydrates 20.8g; fat 17.7g; sodium 582.4mg. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.