I few Fridays ago, Rocketdog and I were watching Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Something got me thinking about falafels, and ever since then I’ve felt a strong desire to make them. I’d like to point out that I’d never in my life eaten a falafel. I knew they were made from chickpeas, and I love hummus (also made from chickpeas), and I knew they were fried. And yet, I needed to make them. So I did.
I very, very loosely followed this recipe. I usually have a rule of following recipes exactly the first time I try them, but I was lacking some spices and a food processor. I didn’t have cumin or garlic, so I decided to substitute seasoned salt and garlic salt. Also, I hate cilantro, so that was just plain out. I used my potato masher, and while it took some muscle, I think I ended up with a better finished product than I would have if I’d used a processor. I’d read some other recipes online, and they all said that the falafels didn’t cook well when made with a food processor.
I know from the same reading that falafels can either be balls or patties. Since I was planning on putting them in pitas, I decided to make patties. Nom nom, fry-y goodness.
Whole wheat pita, lettuce, falafel, and the yogurt sauce in the recipe above. And it was ridiculously delicious. Salty, but delicious. I bought cumin today, so I’ll be making them again. Probably tomorrow for lunch. Because I’m officially obsessed with them. And I have yogurt sauce to use up.