Fresh Herb Falafel

Fresh Herb Falafel
Once you make this falafel recipe, you'll never impulse buy it on the street again. A coarse texture is absolutely key; if the chickpeas are too finely chopped, the falafel will be dense.
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Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Main dish
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces dried chickpeas, soaked overnight, drained
  • ½ onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, coarsely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons chickpea flour
  • 2½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Vegetable oil (for frying; about 8 cups)
  • Shredded Cabbage Salad with Pomegranate and Tomatoes
  • Spiced Green Tahini Sauce
  • Warm thick pita with pockets (for serving)
Special Equipment
  • A deep-fry thermometer
Instructions
  1. Pulse chickpeas in a food processor, scraping down sides as needed, until they resemble finely chopped nuts (the texture should be uneven, with some slightly larger pieces visible), about 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Pulse onion, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, and parsley in food processor, scraping down sides as needed, until coarsely chopped, about 1 minute. Mix into chickpeas, then mix in chickpea flour, salt, baking powder, cardamom, and cumin. Form into ping-pong–size balls.
  3. Pour oil into a large heavy pot to a depth of 3". Fit pot with thermometer and heat oil over medium-high until thermometer registers 330°. Working in batches, cook falafel, turning occasionally, until deep brown and crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer to paper towels; let sit 5 minutes. Serve falafel with salad, tahini sauce, and pita.

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Posted by Bon Appétit Magazine on Monday, August 5, 2019

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