Falafel Bowl Recipe
Falafels in all their forms transport me back to my family and being taught by my dad how to cook. He owned a Lebanese restaurant for a number of years, and falafels featured heavily in the banquet meals. Funny thing though is that he didn’t make Lebanese style falafels, but rather made the falafels known in Egypt, otherwise known as T’aamiya. These are known to be greener, fluffier, crisper and lighter with an abundance of fresh herbs in the recipe. In Egypt, falafel are abundant street food, commonly made into pita bread sandwiches with salad, pickles and tahini sauce. I recall jars of pickles turnips colored with beetroot in our pantry for such occasions that we had falafel at home.
This particular Falafel Bowl Recipe teams up all the wonderful flavours of the Middle East with inclusions such as spiced beans, fresh salad, marinated olives, crunchy pickles,baba ganouj dip and oh, of course, tabouli salad. We have a great recipe for gluten-free, grain-free keto flatbreads to add to the meal.
Chickpeas or fava beans?
In most part of the Middle East falafel are made with chickpeas, however, in Egypt they are made using fava beans. You want the dried and split large fava beans that you will find at any Middle Eastern grocer. They will require soaking for the recipe. To make a really good falafel, the soaking process is integral to create the right texture. It also reduces the side effects of eating a lot of legumes (if you understand my drift). Plenty of soaking while changing the soaking water regularly is the key. And they don’t get cooked before being made into the falafels. The cooking occurs all in the deep fryer once the whole mix is made up.
And while you can definitely cook falafel ahead and reheat them, nothing beats the magic of a freshly cooked falafel, as the outside is super crispy and absolutely delicious. If you do need to reheat them, best to do it in a dry oven rather than the microwave.
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