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Falafel from the box—a better way

I'll tell you what you can put there :
  • 1 box falafel mix
  • water
  • large bunch fresh cilantro
  • Oil for frying
  • Spices: cumin, corriander, etc. to taste
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Falfafel/Falafal with Tahini sauce
Falafel, pictured herewith tahini dressing, is a classic Middle Eastern dish popular all around the world. To get a real falafel, you need to go to Israel, but this will do you in the meantime! This recipe serves 3-4 people.

I'll tell you what you can do :

Falafel is easy to make by buying the mix from your local international supermarket. However, you've probably noticed that it never tastes sooo good! That's because the mix lacks the most important ingredient (besides the chickpeas). That ingredient is cilantro. It also lacks spices, but we can fix that!

Here's how to fix the falafel box problem. Follow the directions on the box, but also add a large bunch of minced cilantro. Falafel is supposed to be green on the inside! Also take this opportunity to add more spices (except salt-- the box has too much already), namely lots of cumin, corriander, and if you like spice, some kind of curry powder or tobasco. You may need to vary the quantity of water added to accomodate the extra ingredients.

Allow to sit covered for at least 30 minutes before frying. Deep fry the falafel balls a few at a time. When you're done eat your falafel with some homemade hummus or with tahini sauce. And why not? Pepperocinis and pickles too!



The most common problem people encounter when cooking falafel is that the mixture falls apart as soon as it hits the hot oil. This happens if you don't leave the mixture to sit for at least 30 minutes prior to frying. Your patience is rewarded with falafel that is sooo good!

Best of luck,


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