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Falafel is a fritter popular in Mediterranean cuisine. It is typically fried, but may also be baked. It always consists of one or more types of beans; usually fava beans or chickpeas. In some regional varieties parsley is added too.

All other ingredients may vary, depending on flavor preferences or preparation technique.




A dinner of falafel, pita and hummus
  1. The night before, place the chickpeas in a bowl and cover with water (they will expand, so cover with at least a couple of inches). Drain, rinse, and dry before using. This will be about 4 cups' worth, all of which gets used.
  2. In a food processor or blender purée chickpeas. To the chickpeas add the other ingredients (except oil); process until well mixed.
  3. Shape into balls, using about 1 tablespoon for each.
  4. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add balls, and brown on all sides.
  5. Serve with pita.


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