How to Make Homemade Falafel and Hummus

With Obama in Israel for the first time, I decided to make this Vegan classic - the Falafel

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How to Make  Homemade Falafel and Hummus Recipe
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Soak 1 lb  ~2 cups dried garbanzo beans  overnight.  Don't use canned they're too mushy for falafel.

Soak 1 lb ~2 cups dried garbanzo beans overnight. Don't use canned they're too mushy for falafel.

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If you also want fresh hummus soak another pound of chickpeas. Put this pound in a slow cooker but do not turn on yet.

If you also want fresh hummus soak another pound of chickpeas. Put this pound in a slow cooker but do not turn on yet.

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Use a large bowl -dried garbanzos double in size.                                                                      FYI: The Chickpea  is the most popular bean in the world.

Use a large bowl -dried garbanzos double in size. FYI: The Chickpea is the most popular bean in the world.

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Next day.......Turn the slow cooker on low.                        Set timer 4 hours.                                            After which drain and rinse beans thoroughly.

Next day.......Turn the slow cooker on low. Set timer 4 hours. After which drain and rinse beans thoroughly.

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Hummus time: Purée slow cooker beans in processor with 3 clove garlic, 1.5 tsp salt, 1/4  c water, 1/4 c olive oil, 1/3 c tahini, and 5 tbsp lemon juice. Purée until smooth.

Hummus time: Purée slow cooker beans in processor with 3 clove garlic, 1.5 tsp salt, 1/4 c water, 1/4 c olive oil, 1/3 c tahini, and 5 tbsp lemon juice. Purée until smooth.

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Topping time: Shred lettuce

Topping time: Shred lettuce

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Cucumber

Cucumber

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Harissa- i used my go to chili powder ~1/4 c, mixed with 3 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt,1 tsp ground coriander, and 1 tsp ground caraway,.

Harissa- i used my go to chili powder ~1/4 c, mixed with 3 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt,1 tsp ground coriander, and 1 tsp ground caraway,.

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Falafel prep: cardamom -remove seeds and grind to powder. It's the third most expensive spice in the world behind saffron and vanilla.

Falafel prep: cardamom -remove seeds and grind to powder. It's the third most expensive spice in the world behind saffron and vanilla.

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I used my coffee grinder. Next round of coffee should be interesting!

I used my coffee grinder. Next round of coffee should be interesting!

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Process: 3/4 c onion, 1/4 c cilantro, 1/4 c parsley, 1.5 tsp cumin, 1.5 t salt, 1 t ground coriander, 1/2 t black pepper, 1/2 t cayenne pepper, 1.5 T flour, and 1/8 t ground cardamom.

Process: 3/4 c onion, 1/4 c cilantro, 1/4 c parsley, 1.5 tsp cumin, 1.5 t salt, 1 t ground coriander, 1/2 t black pepper, 1/2 t cayenne pepper, 1.5 T flour, and 1/8 t ground cardamom.

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Process into a course texture, I had to do it in batches and mix it all together after. Do not over process you want it slightly chunky.

Process into a course texture, I had to do it in batches and mix it all together after. Do not over process you want it slightly chunky.

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I used 24 oz peanut oil in my deepest 12" sauté pan.         I didn't want to use more oil nor a smaller pan, I had about 1" of oil you really want 1.5"         -heat up slowly to around 350F

I used 24 oz peanut oil in my deepest 12" sauté pan. I didn't want to use more oil nor a smaller pan, I had about 1" of oil you really want 1.5" -heat up slowly to around 350F

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Now lets make falafel!                               Squeeze the dough into patty shapes  2-4 tbsp in size.

Now lets make falafel! Squeeze the dough into patty shapes 2-4 tbsp in size.

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Whip up enough for at least the first round of frying.

Whip up enough for at least the first round of frying.

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Test one to determine if you have the  right oil temp.  You want to shoot for 2-3 minutes of frying time a side, leaving  a golden brown crispy shell. Too quick it'll burn before the inside is fluffy.

Test one to determine if you have the right oil temp. You want to shoot for 2-3 minutes of frying time a side, leaving a golden brown crispy shell. Too quick it'll burn before the inside is fluffy.

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Too slow and you dont crisp.                      Ready to flip when the sides brown.

Too slow and you dont crisp. Ready to flip when the sides brown.

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Looking good!

Looking good!

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Pull and drain on paper towels.

Pull and drain on paper towels.

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Keep warm in oven until all falafel are fried.

Keep warm in oven until all falafel are fried.

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It's all about the pita!  These fell apart initially but still held up.   I doubled up on the pita  stuffing one inside the other.  Spread a good amount of hummus inside. Also make a bigger pocket.

It's all about the pita! These fell apart initially but still held up. I doubled up on the pita stuffing one inside the other. Spread a good amount of hummus inside. Also make a bigger pocket.

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Then put lettuce

Then put lettuce

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Falafel balls

Falafel balls

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Tomatoes, pickles, tahini, harissa, cucumber it's getting unwieldy!

Tomatoes, pickles, tahini, harissa, cucumber it's getting unwieldy!

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Freeze the rest, good for a month or two. You can freeze the raw mix or fry the balls either way it lasts pretty well.

Freeze the rest, good for a month or two. You can freeze the raw mix or fry the balls either way it lasts pretty well.

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Save and Strain the oil if you like, falafel fries pretty clean.

Save and Strain the oil if you like, falafel fries pretty clean.

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be'te-avon!

be'te-avon!

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