FALAFEL PASTE RECIPE
How To Make FALAFEL PASTE Using TAHOON - FALAFEL MIX SPICE;
Time To Prepper And Cook: About 30 MINUTES
The following measurements make about 50 Pieces falafel.
Falafel is a vegetarian food and a staple Middle Eastern dish, and a popular street food around the world that consists of fried spiced balls or patties of ground chickpeas or fava beans (or a mixture of both) stuffed into a pita or wrapped in Laffa flatbread or tortilla with hot sauce, tahini sauce, and generally some salad like combination of tomato, lettuce, cucumber and it can be served with delicious side dishes such; Hummus, Baba ghanoush, salads, French fries. Falafel may refer either to the balls or patties or to the sandwich.
Falafel dish paired with Tahoon – Falafel Mix Spice and it will be hard to resist the savory aroma that hits your nose when you use it.
Tahoon - Falafel Mix Spice is a mix of is of two spices, cumin, coriander and mixed with onion, garlic, parsley flakes, cilantro flakes which it will adds depth and flavor to the falafel dish.
1. How to make Falafel Paste:
7.5 oz. Chickpeas Whole – Raw (Do NOT use canned Chickpeas Whole)
2.50 oz. Small Split Fava Beans – Shelled (Do NOT use large split fava beans or canned beans)
Remark: if you don’t want to use split fava beans, replace it with chickpeas whole and us same weight.
2.25 oz. Tahoon - Falafel Mix Spice Add To Cart 🛒
¼ tsp. Salt - to your preference
Place chickpeas whole raw into a fine mesh strainer and rinse under tap water to get rid of starch and keep the water running till the water in the bowl turns clear. After that, place the chickpeas whole into a pot and add hot water until completely submerging the chickpeas whole and let it cool until the water gets normal cold, then drain water and add tap water until the chickpeas whole are fully submerged again, then keep it fully submerged in water for at least 6 hrs. During this period, water should be changed at least twice. Remember to replace water, or otherwise the chickpeas whole will create a bad odor and won’t be good for cooking.
Place split fava beans - shelled into a fine mesh strainer and rinse under tap water to get rid of starch and keep the water running till the water in the bowl turns clear. After that, place it into a pot and add hot water until completely submerging the fava beans and keep it until water get normal cold, then drain water and add again tap water until the fava beans are covered again, then keep it fully submerged in water for at least 6 hrs. During this period, water should be changed at least twice. Remember to replace the water, or otherwise the fava beans will create a bad odor and won’t be good for cooking.
After that, drain all the water from both the chickpeas and fava beans, and then place both into one bowl and mix it all together.
Place a small quantity of the mix (chickpeas and fava beans) into food processor (the quantity depends on your food processor size) and then start grinding it until it becomes a very fine paste. Place the grounded mix into a bowl; continue grinding the rest of mix (chickpeas and fava beans) using the same procedure.
Add all the 2 ¼ oz. (two and quarts ounces ) Tahoon - Falafel Mix Spice on top of the grinding mix (chickpeas and fava beans) and mix it all together with a spoon (falafel paste mix will becomes like dry paste) then add 50 ml boiling water, ¼ (quart) tsp. salt or (to your preference) and start mixing it all together again using a spoon. After you finish mixing, start placing a small quantity of the mix into the food processor then grinding it for about 1 min. (Do NOT make it too fine) then place it into a bowl, repeat this process until it’s all finished. You can divide the paste into a small quantity, such 3 Cups each, and place it into a freezer zipper lock bag then place in the freezer. (Tea Cup measure 200 ml)
Remark: 3 cup Falafel Paste can make about 25 pcs Falafel.
If you would like to fry all the whole falafel paste, add ¾ cup warm water to the paste and mix it well and leave it cool for 5 min. then add 1 tbsp. baking powder and ½ tbsp. salt (to your preference) to the falafel paste and mix it well, the follow the steps 4, 5 and 6 in the how to make the frozen falafel.
Or if you going to make half the falafel past quantity add ½ cup warm water to the paste and mix it well and leave it cool for 5 min. then add 1 tsp. baking powder and ½ tsp. salt (to your preference) to the falafel paste and mix it well, the follow the steps 4, 5 and 6 in the how to make the frozen falafel.
Remarks: Do NOT Use Soda Bicarbonate, its makes falafel paste dark and not greenish.
Do NOT Add the baking powder on top of the falafel past while still hot.
2. How to make the frozen Falafel Paste:
3 Cups Falafel Paste (makes about 25 pcs.)
½ tsp. Baking Powder
1 tbsp. Roasted (Toasted) Sesame Seed - to your preference
¼ tsp. Salt - to your preference
Remark: Do NOT Use Bicarbonate Sodium, its makes falafel paste dark and not greenish form inside.
Place the 3 cups falafel paste into a bowl, then boil ¼ (quart) cup water and add it on top of falafel paste and start mix it well then leave the falafel paste until it cool (about 5 minutes).
Remark: If falafel paste are frozen, place it into a glass bowl and start defrosting, in the meantime boil ¼ (quart) cup water, then after the falafel paste defrosted add the boiling water on top of falafel paste and start mix it well then leave until it cool (about 5 minutes).
Add ¼ tsp. Salt or (to your preference) on top of falafel paste then start mixing all together well.
Add ½ (half) tsp. baking powder on top of falafel paste then start mixing all together well.
Do NOT Use Bicarbonate Sodium, its makes falafel paste dark and not greenish form inside.
Do NOT Add baking powder while the falafel paste still hot.
Add some vegetable oil into a deep fryer or a cooking pot, in regard to oil quantity use the same amount of oil as you would to fry French fries. Heat up oil on high heat till it gets very hot, again, same temperature you would use to fry French fries.
If you like to add sesame seeds (to your preference) to falafel, place the sesame seeds in small bowl.
Start shaping the falafel paste into a small ball (like meat ball size), you can flatten it a little bit by pressing it between your hands, so it becomes wider. Then place into the sesame seed bowl on both sides then into the hot oil. You can put multiple falafel pieces into hot oil depending on fryer or pot size, but don’t over load the pot. Falafel pieces must be spread from each other in the pot, keep each piece frying for about 1 min. until falafel ball top surface gets brown or golden color (NOT dark brown) then rotate it to the other side till it becomes same color. Remove it from the oil and place it into a fine mesh strainer placed on top of a pot, to drain out the oil from the falafel, or you can place a kitchen paper towel on a dish and place falafel pieces on top of towel to get rid of oil, then your falafel dish are done. Enjoy!