THIS IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST FALAFEL RECIPE
Sara also made shami bread with this recipe!
This is the Falafel episode from our Fritters mini-series.
Falafel became a common form of street food and one of the most eaten breakfast in Egypt.
Falafel, in Egypt and neighbouring countries, is made from ground fava (broad) beans, chickpeas or a mixture of both, these deep-fried balls are a staple of Egyptian and Levantine cuisine. Whether eaten alone, as a quick snack, or served in a Shami or Baladi bread with salad and tahini sauce, they are a common sight at food stalls and restaurants from Aden to Istanbul, and from Baghdad to Benghazi.
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00:00 Culture Whisk Introduction
00:20 Falafel mix
01:46 Shami Bread
05:14 Seasoning the Falafel Mix
06:44 Tahini Sauce
08:05 Stefano starts to speak arabic!
09:14 Falafel Background and a bit of history
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How to make Falafel at home:
FALAFEL MIX : 12 Servings
500 g Dried Split Fava Beans
400 g cooked chickpeas or a can
5 Peeled big Cloves of Garlic
1 ½ Yellow Onion peeled and chopped
120 g fresh coriander leaves – roughly chopped
Sunflower Oil for Frying
Soak the fava beans in water overnight or for at least 8 hours. Drain, rinse well and leave to drain in a sieve or colander.
Place some of each ingredient into a food processor and blitz until everything is finely ground leaving some a bit chunkier to give some texture. Repeat until you finish all your batch. You may need to scrape the sides down once or twice.
Take tablespoonfuls of the mixture and roll between your hands into ping pong ball size rounds. Flatten the ball and stick some extra sesame seeds and or crushed coriander seeds to it .
Heat the oil to 180℃. Place a few falafel at the time .Fry it till it becomes golden brown.
SEASONING BEFORE FRYING 6 Servings
500g Falafel Mix (Half of the mixture)
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
2 tsp Cumin Powder
2 tsp coriander powder
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp of sesame seeds plus some extra to stick on top if desired
1 tbsp Coriander seeds
1 tbsp Fennel seeds
1 tbsp Cumin seeds
Crushed in a mortar pestle
White Sesame Seeds
SHAMI BREAD (levantine bread) 12/14 pcs
60g Lukewarm Water
7g dry active Yeast
1 ½ tsp sugar
510g Bread Flour
2 tsp salt
In a large bowl mix the water, honey and yeast together and let it sit for about five minutes.
Add the flours and salt and mix until it comes together.
Sprinkle a little bit of flour onto your clean work surface and turn out the dough.
Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, until it’s smooth and elastic. adding more flour only if necessary.
Make a ball and place it into an oiled bowl, cover it, and allow to rest until doubled, about an hour.
Gently deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide it into 9 equal pieces and shape each piece into a ball.
Using a rolling pin, roll each ball into a circle about 1/2 cm thick. Lift and turn the dough frequently as you roll to make sure it isn’t sticking to your counter. Sprinkle with a little extra flour if it starts to stick.
Cover the circles with plastic wrap or a clean damp cloth.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees C (450 degrees F) and place a baking stone or a baking tray on the upper rack.
When the oven is ready, transfer 3 pitas at a time ( or more if your oven is big) onto the baking surface and bake for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the pitas balloon fully.
Remove the bread from the oven and repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.
Allow the homemade whole wheat pita bread to cool and serve as desired.
120g Sesame Paste (Tahini)
25g Sugar Cane Vinegar
Salt to your taste
½ tsp cumin powder
½ tsp garlic granules
Sprinkle some Paprika
Sprinkle some chilly Flakes
Combine the tahini sesame paste in a bowl with lemon juice and the vinegar.
Mix the cold water and salt to your taste until smooth, then add the powders mix again and enjoy with your falafel
Hope you enjoy this dish and look forward to hearing from you soon.
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Director, Authors, Hosts & Camera :
Sara and Stefano
Voice Over audio edited by:
Sara & Stefano
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