How to Make Falafel

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Falafel makes a delicious meal or appetizer

Falafel is a tasty, versatile vegetarian dish that’s great as a side or the main course, solo or wrapped in a pita. The unique blend of chickpeas, herbs, and exotic spices are delicious when fried to a crispy perfection and served with other Mediterranean staples. It’s delicious enough to eat every day, and if that’s your goal, this basic recipe for traditional falafel patties can help you make it happen. Most chefs have their own special recipes, and the chefs at Terrace are no exception so this isn’t their secret formula . . . but it is a great, simple recipe for anyone new to Mediterranean cooking to practice and learn!

Before you start, make sure you have all of the following ingredients:

  • 1 16 ounce can of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans)
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper (optional)
  • Vegetable oil suitable for frying, like canola or peanut

Preparation:
1) Begin by chopping your onion, garlic, and parsley. If you have a food processor, they can be chopped a little more roughly, but if not you’ll need to chop them by hand as finely as possible.

2) If using a food processor:
Combine your chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, coriander, and cumin in food processor and pulse until the mixture is a thick paste.
If not using a food processor:
Mash the chickpeas in a large bowl with a potato masher or strong fork. Add onion, garlic, parsley, coriander, and cumin, continuing to mash the mixture until all ingredients are broken down. Stir well.

3) Add flour and stir until the mixture begins to stiffen. Taste mixture and add salt and pepper if necessary.

4) Divide into amounts approximately the size of ping pong balls, and gently flatten into small patties. If the mixture is too wet and the patties don’t stick together, stir in more flour half a tablespoon at a time until the right consistency is reached.

5) Heat two inches of oil in pan or deep fryer to 350 degrees and cook the patties 5-7 minutes until they are golden brown.

6) Drain patties on a paper towel and serve.

Falafel is flavorful enough on its own, but traditionally it’s served with mezza: delicious dips and sauces like tzaziki, tahini, hummus, baba ganouj, and spicy feta.

hummus, falafel and others mezze
Making falafel and other classic Mediterranean foods at home can be fun to try, but it’s a lot of work with uncertain results; sometimes it’s nice to leave that up to the professionals.
The falafel, sauces, and breads at Terrace are among the most popular items, and the full menu boasts enough entrees, platters, and combos to satisfy every diner. To make a reservation and enjoy expertly prepared Mediterranean cuisine in our lavish dining room or gorgeous outdoor courtyard, contact us for a reservation today!