Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern dish consisting of deep-fried vegetarian patties made from chickpeas. They are delicious when served as a filling in pita bread, flatbread, or alongside a fresh salad.
If you have tried to make homemade falafels, you may have encountered issues with them falling apart during frying. There are a few factors that can contribute to this:
1. The oil is not properly heated – If the oil is either too hot or too cold, the falafels are prone to crumbling. That’s why Ztove is a useful tool for frying falafels, as it automatically controls and maintains a constant temperature.
2. Coarse falafel mixture – The falafel mixture should not be too coarse, as this can cause the patties to break apart. Additionally, when shaping the falafels, it is important to press the mixture firmly.
3. Use soaked raw chickpeas – Falafels made from cooked chickpeas can also lead to crumbling. However, when making falafels with raw chickpeas, it’s crucial to ensure they are thoroughly cooked, as raw chickpeas contain the toxin lectin, which can cause digestive issues. Therefore, precise temperature control of the oil is essential to ensure that the falafels have the perfect a golden colour, while also beeing fully cooked.
By taking these factors into account and ensuring accurate temperature control, you can achieve perfectly cooked falafels that maintain their shape.
200 gram Dried chickpeas
1 pcs. Onion , small - approx. 60 g
3 pcs. Garlic cloves
Fresh parsley , 1 handful - approx. 20 g
Fresh coriander , 1 handful - approx. 20 g
2 tbsp. Olive oil
1 tbsp. Ground cumin
1 tbsp. Ground coriander
0.5 tsp. Dried chilli flakes , can be omitted
Lemon juice - the juice of ½ a lemon
1 tsp. Fine salt
8-10 dl Oil for frying