How to make it

  • Cucumber Sauce:
  • In a small bowl combine yogurt, cucumber, dill, salt, pepper and mayonnaise. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • Falafel:
  • (NOTE: Overnight soaking time not included in Prep Time.)
  • Soak chickpeas in cold water to cover by 2 inches in a bowl at room temperature at least 12 hours. Drain well in a colander.
  • Purée chickpeas with all remaining ingredients except oil in a food processor until as smooth as possible, about 2 minutes.
  • Spread purée in a 15- by 10- by 1-inch baking pan and let dry, uncovered, 1 hour.
  • Scoop 2 tablespoons of purée onto a long sheet of wax paper, then press and pat with your fingers into a 2-inch-wide patty. (Pressing the purée will help the patty hold together when frying.) Make a small hole in center of patty with tip of your pinkie finger (to help cook evenly).
  • Make more patties in same manner, arranging them in 1 layer on wax paper.
  • Heat about 1 inch oil in a 4- to 5-quart heavy pot (preferably cast-iron) until thermometer registers 340°F.
  • Working in batches of 4, gently drop patties into hot oil, then fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes, and transfer to paper towels to drain. Return oil to 340°F between batches. Serve falafel warm or at room temperature.
  • (Cooks' note: Chickpeas can be soaked up to 24 hours.)
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  • gourmetloveaffair 10 years ago
    I absolutely love chickpeas... yet I've never tried falafel... I shall really have to give this a try.
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  • turtle66 10 years ago
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    " It was excellent "
    tippystclair ate it and said...
    After living in cairo for 15 years I can say that nothing beats a decent falafel! Thanks for the great recipe!
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    " It was excellent "
    berry ate it and said...
    I agree with misslizzi... great recipe!!! Thanks and take my 5!
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  • misslizzi 10 years ago
    I've always wanted to make falafel at home. This looks like a fine place to start!
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