Saturday, September 27, 2008

Falafel - Chick Pea Patties

I think I first became familiar with this wonderful dish when I became a vegetarian many moons ago and then, when as a student, I couldn't afford to buy and eat meat anyway. It is a delicious, protein packed 'finger dipping' food served as a main course, popped into a pita half or as an appetizer at parties.


  • 2 cups chick peas soaked in water for 24 hours or 1 19oz can of chick peas
  • 1/2 spanish onion chopped into fine pieces
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley (fresh if possible)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped coriander (fresh and optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • salt
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • oil for frying

Drain the chick peas and place in a food processor. Add the onions, parsley and coriander, garlic, cumin and salt to taste. Add the flour and process until well blended. Add flour if needed to make a binding pliable 'paste'.

Roll into small balls about 1 inch in diameter and flatten into patties. Let them 'rest' for about 15 minutes and then deep fry them in batches in hot oil turning them over once they are a dark brown. Drain them on paper towels and serve with humus and/or tzatziki, (recipe to follow and as pictured.)


  1. Wow Trish another interesting recipe..can I make this without garlic and onions?? (smirk:)

  2. Hmmmm.....well....the essence of the recipe may be removed then. I shall have to find a recipe for you which is still mid-eastern but without the garlic/onions...I that possible?

  3. should just take the bite and try it with the onions and garlic, you maybe pleasantly surprised...the are really tasty, but you know me, i'll eat anything...smirk=}
    trish i am glad you posted this. it is something i will add to my weekend menu next week....the kids have so many tournaments that this will be a good send along snack.

  4. Thanks for this, I am seeking to add more vegeterian dishes into my diet. Ideally I would like to do the raw vegan thing for health reasons, but baby steps.... ;-)

  5. Actually, I make this very recipe but bake them instead and they're still delicious. Just brush them with olive oil on both sides and place them on a sprayed cookie sheet (I put them on parchment paper). Bake at 400 deg. For 20 min.,flip over and bake 10 more min. I put the naan, or pita, bread the last 5 min. Of baking. Great with chopped tomatoes,red onion,lettuce,feta cheese and ranch dressing.