Lori (of Lipsmacking Goodness) picked two recipes for us to choose from - chickpea fries and Falafel Chickpea Patties. I went with the latter but couldn't take up the extra challenge of making my own pita bread (after reviewing the recipe, knew i didn't have all that waiting-to-rise time)... I did however sub it with making my own Chapati bread (recipe in another post) to go with the falafel patties.
First impression was that the patties reminded me of a vegetarian version of kofta meatballs. We ate it rolled up in a Chapati, the falafels snuggled between a yogurt-cream cheese-onion-chives spread and lettuce.
Falafel Chickpea Patties
(adapted from Madelein Farah, Lebanese Cuisine, Four Walls Eight Windows, 2001)
1 pound dried chickpeas (I used one can of chickpeas)
1 small onion, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes, optional
Salt and pepper, as needed
1/2 cup vegetable oil (for frying)
1. Process all the ingredients in a food processor (note: I kept aside half of the onion and folded it in later because I wanted some crunch).
2. Shape mixture into balls and fry till golden brown.
P/s: When I started frying them, they fell apart (update: could be because of using canned chickpeas vs dried chickpeas) so mom suggested to add a tablespoon of cornflour. This worked in holding its shape.