A falafel recipe was probably created back in Ancient Egyptian days, but no one knows for sure.
What is a falafel? A falafel is usually a fried ball or patty of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) and/or fava beans.
However, you can also make a healthier falafel recipe (not to mention easier - no oily mess to clean up ) by baking your falafel instead of frying them.
If you insist on deep frying your falafel recipes, one of the best oils for deep frying is expeller-pressed coconut oil. This coconut oil can take the heat unlike a lot of the other oils.
Falafels are actually the national dish of Israel, but it has been said that it originates from Ancient Egypt.
Egyptians tend to use fava beans over chickpeas to make this dish. Although, using chickpeas and fava beans together is also a great idea.
Falafels are usually served in pitas along with vegetables and some kind of sauce like tahini.
Modern day falafels are typically a mixture of chickpeas, onions, garlic, herbs, and spices.
Put the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until a crumbly mixture is formed - transfer to a bowl.
Then roll mixture into golf ball sizes and flatten them.
Place falafels on a greased baking tray and brush with olive oil.
Bake falafels at 350 to 400 degrees F for approximately 20 minutes.
Be sure to flip the falafels half way through to cook evenly - bake until golden brown.
Mix everything together in a large glass mixing bowl with a hand mixer.
Let mixture sit in your refrigerator for an hour.
Use an ice cream scoop and scoop the falafel mixture onto an oiled baking tray. And flatten falafels to 1/2 inch thick.
Bake at 350 to 400 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes (flip at the half way mark).
Bake until golden brown and enjoy in pita bread along with tomatoes and a sauce.
Coconut oil is a saturated fat and is much safer to fry foods than using vegetable oils.
This oil does not oxidize or break down like the polyunsaturated or the monounsaturated oils tend to do.
Coconut oil is even safer than olive oil. However, use a good quality expeller-pressed coconut oil for frying - an organic brand.
Vegetable oils like corn, soy, or canola are the worst oils to fry with - as they will become very volatile when you cook with them.
And most of these oils are way too high in omega 6 fatty acids which are too abundant in our diets these days. Most of us need to cut way down on omega 6's.
They can be responsible for a long list of health problems when you consume too much - especially in the form of volatile vegetable oils.