Monday, January 24, 2011


Falafel is one of the most popular Middle East Dishes, it is sold as fast food and on every street you'll find a Falafel food car or Restaurant. In Colombia it is very popular in the Atlantic Coast due to the Arab population who have integrated so well to the Colombian culture making their dishes part of the region's gastronomy. Here, there is a very simple recipe using common ingredients found at any grocery store.

Ingredients for 4 servings

1 can 19 oz chickpeas
1 onion chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 cloves
3 tablespoons minced parsley
1 teaspoon coriander seeds crushed
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoon flour divided
2 tablespoons Tahini (Sesame Paste)
1 teaspoon olive oil

Vegetable oil to fry

Drain the chickpeas and discard the liquid. Wash them in cold water and drain. In a food processor place the chickpeas, parsley, onion, garlic, coriander seeds, cumin, salt, 2 tablespoons flour, olive oil and tahini paste and process for 5 minutes until you get a homogeneous thick paste.

Heat the oil to 350 F.

Form small balls with the paste and flatten a little bit, coat each ball with the remaining 3 tablespoons flour placed on a plate.

Fry the Falafel balls for 5-7 minutes until golden brown.

Falafel can be served as an appetizer with hummus or as a sandwich on pita bread. For the sandwiches you will need:

Pita bread
Chopped lettuce
Tomato slices
chopped scallions
Fresh Parsley, chopped

Cut the pita bread in half. Each half will make a pocket to fill in the Falafel. Spread a little of Tahini paste on the inside of the bread, and place 3 Falafel balls, fill with Lettuce, Scallions, Tomato. Garnish with fresh parsley.