02 April 2007


Falafel are a delicious street food in the Middle East. Israel has claimed them pretty thoroughly, but they are Middle Eastern, not Jewish. There are lots of different versions depending on what part of the Middle East you're in. This one is made with dry garbanzos.

1 c garbanzos
1/3 c bulgur
3 T lemon juice
2 large eggs
3 T water
4 garlic cloves
1/2 T cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 T parsley
1 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp marjoram
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup-1 cup fresh bread crumbs

Soak and cook the garbanzos till they are mostly cooked, but not at all mushy. They should still have a little bite to them.

Soak the bulgur in warm water till it's soft (not mushy, just soft) for about 20 minutes. Drain it well.

Put the garbanzos into a food processor with the lemon juice, eggs, water, and garlic and pulse till the beans are finely chopped but not pureed at all. Add the herbs and spices and the drained bulgur and mix well. Add enough bread crumbs so the mixture holds together well. Cover and let it sit for at least 30 minutes to get firmer.

Shape the mixture into small balls and then fry (deep-frying is best, but I usually just put then in a shallow layer of oil and turn them). I'm going to try baking them though. I think that will turn out well.


  1. Michelle JApril 02, 2007

    Let us know how baking it turns out and how you do it--I'm very interested in trying that.

    We had some falafel at a Lebanese restaurant in Abu Dhabi recently, and to me it had a slight cinnamon taste to it. Or something like that. My husband loved it.

    We don't really have street vendors in the UAE--just restaurants and cafes. And lots and lots of shopping malls. :(

  2. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm .... falafel ...

  3. I might make them more often if baking works. I don't much like frying anything so I hardly ever make falafel.