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Made of a mixture of ground chickpeas (or fava beans in Egypt), it has been called the Arabian french fry, and the Egyptian McDonalds chain has introduced (no joking), the McFalafel

Preparation time: 15-25 minutes
Cooking time: 5-7 minutes

Serves: 4

Dietary guidance: v v 

Tags: middle · garbanzo · chickpeas · arabic · falafel · east · israel ·


1 16-oz can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 large chopped onion
3-4 tbs chopped fresh parsley
2-4 tbs chopped fresh cilantro
2-4 cloves of garlic
1 tsp coriander, ground
2 tbs cumin
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp chili powder (optional)
1/2 tsp baking powder
salt and black pepper to taste

oil for frying


1. In a large bowl or food processor, combine all ingredients. Mash or process the chickpeas until a thick past (not too smooth) is formed.
2. Take spoonfuls of the mixture and form into balls about an inch in diameter, and slightly flatten them.
3. In a pan, heat 2 inches of oil. Carefully place the falafel into the oil, and fry until golden brown (this should take 5-7 minutes).

Serve with tahini, amba (picked mango or mango chutney), and other condiments in a pita, or plain.


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