While sitting in the guest room of the auto shop waiting for my car to be serviced, I came across this idea from Better Homes for a quick and easy lunch. After picking up my boys from school and checking with them if they would like to have pita for their packed lunch the next day, I detoured to the store to buy a few cans of garbanzo beans or chickpeas. I planned to prepare the meal that evening so that I can warm and pack it in the morning. I did not take down the recipe for the falafel as I knew I would be able to find it on the web.
This falafel recipe is from About.com. I doubled the recipe and followed it to a tee as it was late in the evening and I wasn’t particularly adventurous. I made the falafel into patties instead of balls so that it will fit better in the pitas. It was fairly simple until it came to the deep frying part. The challenge here was to keep the falafel from falling apart in the oil. My first two were okay but the third one fell apart. I then tried pan frying but was not satisfied with the results. I went back to deep frying and finally managed to come up with 12 of 16 patties. The reviews were mixed as some had difficulties while others loved it. Quite a few said that adding an egg helped. I must say that it was delicious and we all enjoyed our lunch the next day.
Kalamata and green olives
Some hummus would go nicely with it but unfortunately I did not have any. Some vegenaise might work too. It made a very satisfying lunch.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!