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Monday, May 29, 2006

فلافل or طعمية or פלאפל

Its falafel, no matter what language you choose. I've never been able to determine the origin of this spicy Garbanzo bean 'burger'; some say its Indian, some Jewish, others just claim its vaguely Middle Eastern. In any case, I have developed my own falafel, its origin is Texan.

JLO's Texas Falafel

1 15 oz can Garbanzo Beans, drained
1 Small Onion, chopped
1/2 C Parsley, chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1 Egg White
2 t Cumin
2 t Coriander
1/2 t Chipolte (or cayenne)
1/2 Jalapeño, chopped
1 t Salt
1 t Smoked Paprika
1 t Lemon Juice
1 t Baking Powder
1 T Olive Oil
1/2-3/4 C Plain Bread Crumbs
Oil for frying.

1 In a food processor pulse the garbanzo until they are a thick paste. Remove to a large bowl.

2 Add onions, parsley and garlic to food processor and blend until smooth. Stir into garbanzos.

3 Add all other ingredients to the garbanzo mixture, using only the amount of bread crumbs necessary to make a mixture that will hold together.

4 Form 8 balls with the mixture, flatten them into patties.

5 Over medium-high heat, add enough oil to fry the patties. Fry until browned on both sides.

Bon Appetite, y'all.


Blogger suzy said...

Yummy! I think Lon and I will have those for lunch tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe!

11:46 PM

Blogger JC said...

I am feeling a litle creative and inquizitive, I think I might try that recipe out...

11:52 PM

Blogger Jim said...

I can't wait to see Lon's approach to the Falafel. Enjoy!

5:25 AM

Blogger Jim said...

Enjoy JC!

5:25 AM

Blogger Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

Oh cool! Middle eastern tex-mex. I think the chipotle is a way cool idea. I will definitely try this.

12:35 PM

Blogger Jim said...

Smoky tumminess, Daniel, enjoy!

10:00 PM

Blogger Gregor said...

I hate to use such an antiquated cliche, but - where's the beef?

12:02 AM

Blogger Jim said...

Gregor, you feel free to add beef to your falafel :)

10:31 PM

Blogger Tony-LeCroixdeLiban said...

falafel is a middle eastern arab food only and not a jewish food. i don't know why jews want to make it their national plate. i guess it was included with jewshia kingdom package that god had promissed them in palastine

3:30 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's middle eastern, a cheap and national dish of egypt, syria, lebanon, palestain, later the rest of the middle east and finaly in israel. lol, it's not jewish or indian!

8:03 AM


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