My new Egyptian friends…

November 12, 2010

Since I’m obsessed with chickpeas, I had to make the unhealthy food, falafel, out of it at least once.  It’s amazing to me that we have all this fast food here, but yet don’t take advantage of the deep fried falafel.  And yet hummus is gaining in popularity as evidence by the attention it gets in magazines, stores (such as Whole Foods), and displays. 

So falafel is historically an Egyptian dish and I just happened to sign up for a Save the Children child from there so I have my connections.  Wikipedia says that falafel’s origins are controversial, which may be because food is such a big deal to them (just a guess).

But to make the falafel, I soaked the chickpeas for over 12 hours, then added tahini, lemon juice, water, onions, and a bunch of spices. Because mine seemed too watery (I think I added too much lemon juice, I added what felt like a cup of flour (supposed to be 2 Tb).  So I fried them in vegetable oil and ate them with drizzles of tahini and some tomatoes and all was well.

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