Fabulous Falafel

Makes:

3-4 servings

Hands-on time:

20 minutes

Start-to-eat time:

30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1½ tablespoons garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt & ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • vegetable oil, for frying

Kids kitchen skills:

  • using a food processor
  • frying

Tools:

  • measuring cups & spoons
  • food processor or masher
  • spoon
  • sheet pan
  • pot & spatula
  • plate & paper towels

Step-by-step

Grown-up steps: Because the falafel mix will be dry, a blender won't work to combine it together. Be sure to supervise your chef at all times when they are working with hot oil. Give a hand with adding and taking out the falafel.
  1. Using a food processor or a masher, combine all ingredients except the oil. Blend until combined and a paste forms.
  2. Scoop out the chickpea mix with a spoon or your hand, and make about a 2-inch wide compact ball. Place on a sheet pan and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  3. To a pot, pour oil until it’s 1-inch high in the pot. Turn on medium-high heat and allow the oil to warm up for a few minutes.
  4. Carefully add the falafels, avoiding overcrowding the pot. Cook 1-2 minutes, moving the falafel balls around with a spatula until browned. Line a plate with a paper towel and transfer the falafel to drain. Enjoy with tzatziki and pita bread!

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