Trouble With Toast

Recipe: Falafel | October 17, 2008

After a burgerrific get-together with one of my favorite DC bloggers at the Vortex on Tuesday night (post and pics to follow shortly), I decided that Wednesday’s dinner should be of the vegetarian variety.  I also really wanted to use my Cool Daddy deep fryer, which was a housewarming present from my parents and had been collecting dust in the cabinet since early summer.  Hey, I never said I wanted to make a HEALTHY vegetarian meal.

Falafel was the obvious choice, and it really hit the spot.  The deep fryer worked well, but it would have worked even better if I had allowed the chickpea mixture to chill for 3-4 hours instead of 30-40 minutes.  You could certainly fry the falafel in a pan with oil, too, though I might suggest investing in a splatter guard (ANY moisture in the falafel will result in a little spitting).  In any case, this was an easy and affordable meal that gave my body a much-needed break from meat.  Hope you enjoy!

  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and patted dry
  • 1/2 small onion, roughly chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Canola oil, for frying

Combine all falafel ingredients expect oil in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse mixture until coarsely ground. Transfer to a bowl or container and refrigerate, covered, for several hours.  Form the falafel mixture into balls about the size of walnuts and press to flatten.  Heat 4 inches of oil to 375 degrees F in a deep pot or deep fryer. Fry about 6 balls at once for about 4 minutes, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Stuff pitas with falafel balls, chopped tomatoes, lettuce, and tahini.



  1. These look great, but I am so scared of opening the Pandora’s Box of a fryer.

    Comment by Lemmonex — October 17, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

  2. Yeah, I cannot BELIEVE it took me this long to play with it. You’d think I would have mastered fried Twinkies by now. Honestly, the only two other things I’m dying to make are 1) my dad’s fried shrimp, and 2) jalapeno poppers. I’m a simple gal. 😉

    Comment by bettyjoan — October 17, 2008 @ 2:45 pm

  3. I ain’t gonna lie – even though I finished it, that burger kicked my ass. Glad y’all could come out and play while I was down there!

    Comment by Hammer — October 17, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

  4. Hammer, it was our pleasure. And you handled that burger like a real man.

    Comment by bettyjoan — October 20, 2008 @ 12:27 pm

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