I bought those boxes of add-your-own-water falafel mix for a long time. They were yummy but when I realized how easy it is to make my own, I never looked back! I make falafel about once a month but Hubby and I agree I could make it more.
We love them tucked into a pita with lettuce, tomato, and tzatziki sauce. Oliver likes them too (for him I use the little pita wedges you see in the pictures), which I think is awesome.
19-oz can chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans)
1 small onion, chopped
3 or 4 garlic cloves
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped (or a tablespoon of dried)
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped (or a tablespoon of dried)
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
pinch dried chili flakes
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
Put the first eight ingredients in a food processer; pulse until combined but not yet smooth. Add flour and baking powder; pulse until mixture is soft and can be rolled into little balls without sticking much to the hands. Add more flour if necessary.
Roll into meatball-sized balls. Flatten into patties if desired. I have found patties easier to fry and easier to tuck into a pita.
Heat a bit of oil and fry on each side until golden. I sometimes have to add some more oil between batches.
Tuck them in a pita with some tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomato, and munch away!