Budget Meals: Falafel

Falafel

Remember the garbanzo beans I cooked in the slow cooker last week?  Well, this is what I did with part of them.  I made falafel.  Falafel patties or balls are made of spiced garbanzo beans or chick peas, fried, and often eaten in pita with vegetables and a yogurt sauce.  And, they are inexpensive, vegetarian, and delicious. 

I made large patties out of my falafel, so that we could stuff them easily inside pita bread.  The beauty of falafel is that once you have your cooked garbanzo beans/chick peas, all you have to do is throw them in the food processor and mix it together, you don’t even have to chop anything first.  Then just make the patties and fry.  And, the yogurt sauce is just stirred together.  It is really simple and easy.

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Falafel

Ingredients

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  • 6 oz. yogurt
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ cup grated cucumber
  • 2 tsps. lemon juice
  • 2 cups chick peas
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsps. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsps. flour
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • canola oil for frying
  • pita bread and vegetables of your choice for serving (I used carrots, cucumbers, and spinach.)

Instructions

  1. Stir together first five ingredients. Refrigerate until serving.
  2. Put remaining ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Using the knife blade, process until well combined and chick peas are almost smooth.
  3. Pour oil into a large skillet until 1/2 inch in depth.
  4. Form chick pea mixture into 6 patties and fry until golden brown on each side.
  5. Serve with yogurt sauce, pita bread, and vegetables.
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