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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Falafel Failure

My posts usually have a "look at me! I'm an awesome cook" theme. And okay, some of the time I am a pretty good cook. But not always. I attempted to make Falafel on Thursday. And I failed. Big time. 

They Looked So Promising....

Too bad they turned into this. 

Eventually, I figured it out. 

I even made like 6 falafels!

Things got off to a pretty bad start: I burnt some of the chickpeas and had to discard about a 1/3 of them. The first batch of falafel literally desinigrated as soon as it hit the hot oil. After wasting several falafels, I decided to lower the heat and add more flour (as a binding agent). Sadly, that didn't seem to work either. The falafel cooked but turned to mush as soon as I attempted to take it out of the oil. So I gave up on making vegan falafel and did the only think I thought might fix the mess. I added egg. Dunt Dunt Duhhh. The falafel stayed together much better after I doused them in egg yolk. I ended up with 5-6 sad looking falafels which were either terribly undercooked or burnt to a crisp. 

This is the recipe I used. Don't even think about it. 


You Won't Need: 

  • 9 oz. cooked chickpeas 
  • 1 clove garlic 
  • Salt, to taste 
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice 
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil 
  • 1 tsp. flour 
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying
And in no way, shape or form should you: 

  1.  Combine all the ingredients, except the oil for deep-frying, and blend in a food processor.
  2. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
  3. Make balls (about the size of a lime) out of this mixture.
  4. Heat the oil for deep-frying and deep-fry 4 to 5 balls at a time.

Makes 4 servings

1 comment:

  1. Aww, sad little falafels. :(

    But I see that you have advertisements on your page! Does that mean you're getting paid??