Tonight I had my first attempt at making falafel. I used this recipe, which I think I found on CH.
1 c dried chickpeas
1 c chopped green onions
2 T minced garlic
1 T cumin
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp salt
1 tsp Black pepper
1 tsp hot chili powder (or to taste)
1/2 c finely chopped parsley (cilantro can be added too)
Oil for frying
The only real difference I took from this recipe was that instead of just soaking the chickpeas overnight (as the recipe stated), mine were soaked and just slightly cooked. Even though I just recently bought the bag, I think they were old in the store because they were very hard after soaking at least 18 hours. But they were NOT fully cooked and soft. I didn't think the cooking was the issue, because I've seen falafel recipes made with canned chickpeas, and they are fully cooked and much softer than these were. After the ingredients were mixed in the food processor, I did have to add a tiny bit of water (as the recipe suggested)
The flavors were perfect. BUT, when I placed the patties into the oil, they bubbled then disolved. The oil was hot enough, it bubbled right away. But it was like I created a green oil soup -- they just fell apart into the oil.
I salvaged the rest by griddling them -- they were very crumbly, but at least they had some crisp on the outside and tasted good.
Can anyone suggest a better recipe or point any clues as to what went wrong? The rest of the meal (hummus, baba ganooj, and tabbouleh) all turned out really well. I'm glad it was just us and the kids tonight. but I'd like to make them again and have them turn out the way they are supposed to!
Thanks for any help you can offer!