Ground chickpeas

 Is a popular Middle Eastern dish made from ground chickpeas, herbs, and spices. Here's a traditional recipe for making Arabic falafel:

### Ingredients:

- 2 cups dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
- 1 small onion, roughly chopped
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Salt, to taste
- Black pepper, to taste
- Vegetable oil, for frying

### Instructions:

1. Drain the soaked chickpeas  and pat them dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.

2. In a food processor, combine the chickpeas , onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, cumin, coriander, baking soda, salt, and pepper. Pulse the mixture until it becomes a coarse paste, but be careful not to over-process it into a smooth puree. You may need to work in batches depending on the size of your food processor.

3. Transfer the falafel mixture to a bowl, cover it, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld and the mixture to firm up.

4. After chilling, shape the falafel mixture into small balls or patties, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

5. In a deep skillet or fryer, heat vegetable oil to 350°F (180°C) over medium heat.

6. Carefully place the falafel balls or patties into the hot oil, working in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. Fry them until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside, about 4-6 minutes, flipping them halfway through cooking for even browning.

7. Once cooked, use a slotted spoon to transfer the falafel to a plate lined with paper towels to drain off any excess oil.

8. Serve the Arabic falafel hot with your choice of accompaniments such as pita bread, tahini sauce, hummus, pickled vegetables, lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber.

Enjoy these crispy and flavorful Arabic falafel as a delicious and satisfying vegetarian dish or as part of a mezze platter!

Absolutely! Falafel is incredibly versatile and enjoyed at various times throughout the day in Middle Eastern cuisine. Here's how it can be incorporated into meals:


  • Falafel can be served as part of a traditional Middle Eastern breakfast spread, alongside items like pita bread, hummus, tahini sauce, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, and labneh (strained yogurt). It can be wrapped in pita bread with these accompaniments for a delicious and filling breakfast wrap.


  • Falafel is commonly enjoyed as a quick and satisfying lunch option. It can be served as a sandwich or wrap stuffed into pita bread with salad greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, and tahini sauce or yogurt-based sauces. Alternatively, it can be served on a plate with a side of rice, tabbouleh, or fattoush salad.


  • Falafel can be the star of a vegetarian Middle Eastern dinner. It can be served with a variety of side dishes such as rice pilaf, roasted vegetables, grilled eggplant, or stuffed grape leaves. It's also delicious served alongside mezze dishes like hummus, baba ganoush, and tabbouleh as part of a larger spread.

Whether enjoyed as a quick bite on the go, a light lunch, or a satisfying dinner option, falafel is loved for its versatility, flavor, and texture.

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