A Middle Eastern Dish. Falafel is a wonderful combination of Fava beans and Chickpeas blended together. A fried ball or patty of spiced field beans or chickpeas, dating back to Biblical times and originating somewhere on the Indian subcontinent. Falafel today is eaten in India, Pakistan and the Middle East and through many years of migration we also enjoy this vegetarian dish here in America.  It is traditionally served as a pita sandwich with a yogurt, Tahina or Tzatziki Sauce depending  on where it is being made. It is a wonderful addition to any meal. Vegetarian with very low sodium and easy to make. Soak your beans overnight and you will have a great meal for tomorrow…

Falafel  -  Serving's:  6 - ( six falafel per serving )
Per Serving: - Calories 252; Sodium 171mg; Fat 4 g; Protein 12 g; Carbohydrate 36 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Dietary fiber 11 mg.  (Nutritional facts are for Falafel only)
Ingredients:
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Soaking the beans
Place beans In a bowl large enough for the beans to soak over night and double in size. Pour water over beans to cover.
After they have soaked over night, drain beans and rinse with cool water. Place beans together in food processor
Pulse until beans look like bread crumbs. Place bean mixture into a large bowl.

In the food processor Add Onion, Garlic, Cilantro & Parsley. Blend until you have a pasty consistency.
In your bowl of ground beans Add the green mixture, sea salt, cumin, coriander, black pepper, cayenne pepper and
no-salt (Kirkland). Add Bread Crumbs and mix all ingredients well. Add Baking Powder & Baking Soda and mix well.

In a deep skillet add 2 cups of vegetable oil (About one inch of oil ).
Heat to 350 degrees

Forming the Falafel
Place a small amount of mix into your hand.
Using your fingers, lightly form a small ball.
Do not press as it will make your falafel heavy and hard.
Place into oil and cook for about 2 minutes per side just
until they are a light golden brown in color.
Drain on a paper towel. Place on a serving dish.
Falafel
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1 - cupGarbanzo Beans / Chickpeas (dry)
¾- cupFava Beans (dry)
1 - cupCilantro Leaves
¼- cupParsley
1 - med      Red Onion
4 - cloves   Garlic
½- tspSea Salt
½- tspCoriander
½- tspCumin
¼- tspCayenne Pepper
¼- tspBlack Pepper
1 - tspNo-Salt Seasoning (Kirkland)
¼- cup       Bread Crumbs (no salt)
2 - tspBaking Soda – low sodium (Ener-G)
½- tspBaking Powder – low sodium (Ener-G)
2 - cups     Vegetable Oil
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Falafel Pita Sandwich

½ Pita Bread, Tomato, Red Onion, Romaine Lettuce, 2 tsp Tahina Sauce
& 2 tsp Tzatziki Sauce

Nutrition Facts  - Per Falafel Sandwich
(3 falafel balls per ½ pita)
Calories 212      Carbohydrates 35g
Sodium 252Protein 9 g
Cholesterol 0 mgTotal Fat - 4 g
Falafel
Recipe by
Tony LeDonne
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