Fionist felafel for 3 shekels a serving

Who here remembers the days when you could get a felafel b’pita for under 10 shekels? Or… under 15 shekels? With felafel prices starting 20 shekels in many places, Israel’s national dish and most inexpensive fast food meal isn’t so cheap anymore, especially when you’re feeding a family.

So how does felafel night work in the Fionist household?

Since prepping the felafel mix is a bit of a patcherei, we process a kilo (or more) of chickpeas at a time and freeze in portions big enough to serve the four of us. Then when we want felafel, we thaw a portion and fry (or bake) it. The recipe below is enough to serve our family about 5 times. Depending on the size of your family, you may get more or fewer meals out of this, but unless you’re feeding an army (or your child’s class), the recipe below will be plenty for several times. Our felafel is vegan and gluten free.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 kilo bag of dried chickpeas (canned chickpeas will not work)

1 large onion or two smaller ones

1 head of garlic

lots of fresh or dried minced parsley (amount depending on how green you want your felafel)

1/2 tsp baking powder

About 1 Tbsp salt

About 1 Tbsp cumin

A bunch of shakes of black pepper

Oil to fry it in or to brush onto it if baking/airfrying

Like all recipes, feel free to play around with the spices and tweak it to your preferences. Like people, felafel comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors and are all beautiful. 🙂

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