Falafel with Tahini Sauce Recipe

Falafel
Middle Eastern Chickpea and Herb Fritters
Submitted By: Taz

Ingredients:

1 lb Dry Chickpeas - rinsed and soaked overnight (DO NOT SUBSTITUTE CANNED)
2 Bunches Green Onions - chopped
1 ¾ Cup (Packed) Fresh Flat leaf Parsley - thick stems removed and chopped
3-5 cloves Fresh Garlic - amount to taste
1 ½ Tbs Chickpea Flour (Gram Flour / Besan)
1 ¾ tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Ground Cumin
2 tsp Ground Coriander
¼ tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
½ tsp Baking Soda
Oil for frying - can use canola, peanut oil, or grape seed
-OPTIONAL-
Substitute ¾ Cup of Parsley with Fresh Coriander (Cilantro)
Substitute ½ lb of Dried Chickpeas with Dried Split Fava Beans
¼ tsp Red Chile Powder (Cayenne)
½ Cup Fresh Dill - stems removed
2 Tbs Sesame Seeds
Juice of 1 Lemon

Preparation:
  1. Rinse chickpeas (and fava beans if using) thoroughly in cold water and place in a large bowl - Add enough cold water to cover beans 2 inches - Allow to soak overnight (18-24 hours)
  2. Once beans have soaked, drain and rinse thoroughly - Let them sit in sieve or colander for 10 minutes to drain off as much water as possible - Transfer to the work bowl of a food processor equipped with chopping blade
  3. Add the remaining ingredients (minus sesame seeds [if using] and oil) to the work bowl and pulse into a slightly coarse paste (mixture should be 'coarse' but not 'pebbly') - Check consistency (mixture should have the consistency of a dough) - Add a little water if mixture feels dry OR add additional chickpea flour if mixture seems too wet
  4. Add sesame seeds t mixture (if using) and mix in with a fork until well combined 
  5. Allow mixture to rest for 5 minutes before proceeding
  6. You can divide the mixture into equal portions and roll into a ball (about the size of a ping-pong ball - larger or smaller to your liking) and press them into patties OR you can use a falafel press to form falafels
  7. Heat 2 inches of cooking oil in a small/medium skillet over medium-high heat to 350ºF
  8. Gently place 4 falafel at a time into the oil and fry 2-3 minutes to a side until deep golden brown in color
  9. Transfer to a draining rack or absorbent paper - Serve hot along with tahini sauce -OR- Allow to cool to room temperature and pack for a picnic along with tahini sauce - Don't forget to bring along Pita Bread. Hummus, diced Tomato, diced Persian or English Cucumber, Persian Pickles, and some shredded Arugula or Leaf Lettuce to make Falafel 'Sandwiches' if you wish


Tahini Sauce
Middle Eastern Lemon Sesame 'Dip'
Submitted By: Taz

Ingredients:

1 Cup Tahini (Sesame Seed Paste)
3 cloves Fresh Garlic - grated into a paste
¼ tsp Kosher Salt - or to taste
Juice of 2 Lemons

Preparation:

Whisk everything together - Taste and adjust seasoning - Thin with water as necessary to 'pouring' consistency - Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled

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