Homemade Falafel + Cucumber Dressing

My favorite falafel recipeEasy and delicious homemade falafel recipeThe last time I made falafel was for a family dinner night. My dad kept calling them "matzo balls" which I thought was funny. Falafel is a little bit time consuming but SOOOO worth the effort. This is a great recipe to impress your significant other or your next dinner party guests—if they like food that's awesome.Falafel ingredientsFalafel, makes about 25 balls. :)

2 cans chickpeas (each can is 15 ounces)
1 small red onion
5 garlic cloves
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup flour
a sprinkle of black pepper
Best falafel recipeIn a food processor blend up the chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley and cilantro into a thick paste. I had to do this in two batches since my food processor couldn't handle this entire recipe all at once. You'll also notice there is no liquid added, which makes it rather hard to blend. Keep at it and don't add water no matter what! Adding water will likely result in falafel that won't hold together during the frying process.

Once you've blended everything into a paste spoon it into a large bowl and add the salt, baking powder, flour and pepper. Stir until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest in the refrigerator for 2 hours. If you're in a time crunch you can place it in the freezer for an hour instead. But don't skip this rest period, because it will result in falafel that falls apart when fried. Cucumber yogurt dressingIn the meantime make your dressing by combining 2 cups greek yogurt, 1/2 large cucumber (finely chopped) and 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh dill. Stir together and allow to set for at least 30-45 minutes before serving so the flavors and blend together.How to make falafelIn a deep fryer or large, heavy pot heat enough oil for the falafel float. You want the oil temperature to reach around 350°F. You can use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature or you can test it by dropping a little batter in. It should start to bubble/fizzle and the batter should float after a few seconds. Once the oil is ready, drop small balls of the falafel batter in and allow them to cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels, to remove excess oil.How to make falafel at homeServe with pita bread, lettuce, more cucumbers, tomatoes (unless you forget to buy any) and the dressing. These are best served warm the day they are made. If you have leftovers you can try warming them up in the oven the next day. But like most fried foods, they are best served "fresh." :)The best falafel you'll ever have!Enjoy these!!!! xo. Emma

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