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Falafel, hummus, revythada or everything made out of chickpeas is absolutely delicious!! I love chickpeas. Even though as a child legumes was in the no-way-i-am-gonna-eat-that list chickpeas was definitely an exception. So I am glad that there are many recipes to experiment with this amazing legume!
Falafel.. Well, well what a surprise that is! It’s actually a chickpea-ball with raw chickpeas and many, many herbs and spices.
Raw? Did you say raw? That was actually my first reaction to this recipe. Ok you may soak them in water for a day or so but still there are raw. Well what the heck, I am going to try them!
The truth is that if you soak your chickpeas and any other legume properly they are usually soft and tender after a day. If not don’t bother they are too old, trust me. So, once soft and tender you simply ground them. You add all spices and herbs, dip them in sesame seeds and voila… Ready to fry. Now, here is the trick. If you fry them in full heat inside they will be raw. So preheat olive oil in medium heat and then fry your falafel. Let it cook properly. They must turn brown and crispy outside.
I must tell you.. It’s such a delicious meze. Full of flavor and not to mention super healthy! I know they are fried but still so very healthy. To be true I thought about baking them instead of frying but I didn’t try it at this time. If I do and they are legit I will definitely make an update!
Falafel are always served with a dip. Usually its hummus or a simple tahini sauce. I am Greek folks so I made tzatziki. What else? Greek traditional tzatziki. Pay attention to this recipe because it’s one of the best tzatziki recipes around. My mother and I are experts in tzatziki!!
In the fridge there is always pita bread so I threw a couple in the oven and the meal was complete with some French fries which I love and appreciate every single time!
Now here is the good stuff. We Greeks love souvlaki, so whenever there is pita bread in our table we stuff it and make it souvlaki. It just comes natural. Well in this case I stuffed my pita bread with falafel, plenty tzatziki and French fries!!! Oh my, oh my… Drooling all over my keyboard right now. Delicious? Mouthwatering? Amazing? Savory? No there are no words.. Just try it people!! Definitely try it!!! Filia!!!