Falafel homemade

Falafel: Handmade and perfect.

I don’t even know where to start here… When we came to Germany as refugees from Lebanon in 1984, Falafel (those delicious vegan chickpea patties) were largely unknown – or at least not really widespread.

At that time I was 3 years old and I can hardly remember that time. My parents told me that we were stranded at the airport in Berlin at that time and just took the train. My parents, who didn’t speak a word of German back then, just lifted their passports at the ticket control and said “Asylum?”

When we were allowed to move from the refugee home to our first own apartment, my parents began to make friends with the villagers. And so I did too – in kindergarten.

While my parents unfortunately had some difficulties with the language, I soon spoke better German than Arabic! Even my dreams and thoughts were in German – my parents thought it was crazy, but good. But in our the family we still speak Arabic.

Falafel for better social integration

On my birthdays – or those of my siblings – my parents always loved to invite the neighbours and their children as well as the classmates. And now guess what there was always to eat?! That’s right, Falafel!

Falafel as a patty with Hummus or Baba Ghanoush. Rolled into a wrap with tahini sauce. With ketchup, mayo, mustard, pure or – grossly speaking – dipped in cola… Yes, children try funny things… All right, of course there was also cake 😉

You quickly get to know a foreign culture through its cuisine. My parents always made the greatest effort to let friends from the village participate in our (food) culture and we again curiously took part in the village events.

You quickly get to know a foreign culture through its cuisine. My parents always made the greatest effort to let friends from the village participate in our (food) culture and we again curiously took part in the village events.

In every cuisine there is a real star – in our cuisine – but also in our Israeli or Syrian neighbours – it is Falafel. And meanwhile Falafel are known everywhere and enjoy extreme popularity.

So the vegan patties had a big part in our integration – a very tasty part even.

Recipe for homemade Falafel

Falafel homemade

Falafel

Homemade & delicisous
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting time: 12 hours
Total Time: 13 hours
Servings: 20 Falafel

Ingredients

  • 250 g Dried chick peas
  • 2 Cloves of garlic
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Small bunch of coriander
  • 1 Small bunch of parsley
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds (ground)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

  • Soak the chickpeas in water overnight. (At least 12 hours).
  • Peel onion and garlic. Cut onion into quarters.
  • Strain the chickpeas in a sieve.
  • Mix the chick peas with garlic, onion, coriander (fresh and ground), parsley, cumin and salt in a powerful mixer to a homogeneous mixture. To avoid overloading your food processor, you can also make the mixture in 2 – 4 parts and then mix them together by hand.
  • Pour the mixture into a bowl, flatten it and put it in the fridge for about 1 hour to set.
  • Heat the oil in a fryer or a pot.
  • Now shape the mass with a falafel portioner and put it into the hot oil. If you do not have a portioner, you can shape the mixture with spoons or your hands. The taste is still delicious 🙂
  • Fry the falafel for about 3 minutes until they are golden brown.
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