June 04, 2012

Falafal Salad

When I was working at Clarkson University, there was a faculty member who's spouse brought falafal to one of our departmental parties.  That first taste had me hooked.  I absolutely loved it and wanted to know how to make them!  The faculty's spouse invited me to their home and she showed me how to do so.  I felt like I had a pretty good lesson considering they were from Jordan and I was getting an authentic recipe!  I did make them once after I was shown how but didn't really make them more than that because Grumpy would not eat them.

Then, just a few weeks ago when I was assigned my blog for the Secret Recipe Club for the month of June, I found a falafal recipe that was very unique in the fact that it was cooked in your crockpot!.  Amanda, who is the author of Fake Ginger was my match for this month and when I received her name, I never imagined I would be making falafal from her blog; mainly because she has several other items on her blog that I have pinned and want to make!  I expected I was going to be making her Bang Bang Shrimp recipe that I have had saved forever.  While I'm sure its an awesome recipe and I still plan to make it, I decided that it just didn't fit our lifestyle right now.  When I read how easy the recipe for crockpot falafal sounded I couldn't resist.  I decided then and there I was making that and it was going to be my lunch!  I didn't bother sharing with Grumpy because I knew he would say no anyway, which more than makes me happy since I get to have them all to myself.  :-)
Amanda has been around in the blog world a little longer than I have been.  She mentions that she likes it when her hubby is away because it gives her the opportunity to make things that she likes to make but her hubby doesn't care for.  The exact same thing I look forward to!  We both belonged to Tuesday's with Dorie and Daring Bakers way back in the beginning (and which I dropped out due to gaining weight being a negative side effect!)

This is definitely a great way to make falafal without the frying, I loved it and will be definitely be making it again and again!  Thanks Amanda for having such a terrific blog and sharing your recipes with us!

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Falafal Salad
Falafal patties made in the slow cooker and used to create a delicious salad.
  • 2-1/2 cups chickpeas
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon ground corriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
Falafal Dressing:

  • 1 cup fat free yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons tahini butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Drain chickpeas and place in food processor along with next 8 ingredients (onion through lemon juice) and pulse until mixture starts to come together but still is slightly chunky.  Transfer chickpea mixture to mixing bowl and mix in flour and baking soda.

Place about 1 tablespoon olive oil in the bottom of crockpot (I used my large oval crockpot).  Using a large cookie scoop, scoop falafal mixture and then form into slightly flattened balls with floured hands.  Place in crockpot and spray tops lightly with cooking spray.  Cover and let cook on high  2-3 hours.

Amanda instructed to use a little more oil than I did and I did follow her instruction to not turn the falafal over half way.  They browned perfectly and were delicious!

Make dressing by blending together yogurt, tahini butter, lemon juice, garlic, and salt.  
To serve, place about 2 cups of chopped lettuce in center of plate. Place 2-3 falafal on top of the lettuce bed and arange chopped cucumber and chopped tomato around the lettuce bed.  Drizzle with Tahini-Yogurt Dressing and sprinkle with fresh cilantro.  Makes 12 falafal patties.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4


Katrina said...

Yum! We love falafel. Kevin spent some time in Isreal way back when and I've made it a few times. Must try this since it does look much easier to just throw it in a crockpot! Great pick. Sorry you had to eat it all by yourself. ;)

amanda @ fake ginger said...

I'd forgotten I made these! Yours look like they turned out great! :)

Lisa~~ said...

I love falafel and never even thought to make them in the slow cooker, I need to give this recipe a try.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry Candied Popcorn.

Cook Lisa Cook

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

crockpot falafal??? lol awesome. I do love them to but think I only made falafals once. Bookmarking this one to try.

Lesa @Edesias Notebook said...

We love falafel, but I would have never thought to make it in the slow cooker. Definitely going to have to try it sometime. Looks great, Shelby!

glutenfreehappytummy.com said...

yum! how delicious does that look!! i love falafal!! so tasty! thanks for sharing!

tandysinclair.com said...

I love felafel and even though I don't have a crock pot, I am sure I can adapt this to make it work for me, as we don't fry anything :)

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Yum! That falafel sounds fantastic!

Daniel Saraga said...

I'm always looking for a baked felafel recipe. I'll need to try this out.

And I just got a new slow cooker - so that's double-good.

Does the felafel stick to the bottom of the pot?

Debra Kapellakis said...

This looks and reads tastily. I am going to try this for sure.

Ker said...

WOW!! I left an earlier comment today that I was reading your blog bc I am a fellow Albany resident (although on short term assignment in Taiwan) who went to school near the Canadian border - but then I saw in this post you worked at Clarkson and my heart lept! I went there for undergrad and grad school, for 4.5 years total (I did study abroad twice). I did work-study in the School of Liberal Arts(later the School of Arts and Sciences _ I worked downtown and then in New Snell) with Cindy and Linda in late 1990s/early 2000s - not sure if you knew them from your time there (didn't post their last names due to privacy). I loved it at Clarkson - and I met my husband there, too! I don't keep up my blog anymore but it is kerryandscott.blogspot.com

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