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Lazy College Kid's Easy Falafel

What you need: 

1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 small onion, finely minced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
3/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
dash red pepper
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons flour
oil, as needed for frying

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 375 degrees F, if baking. Place chickpeas in a medium bowl. Smush them up with a fork. I've used the bottom of a drinking glass to get things started and then mush them up some more with a regular fork.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well, until everything is evenly combined. Form into balls about the size of a ping pong ball and then flatten them a little bit.
3. You can either fry them in a bit of canola/vegetable oil until they're golden brown (they taste best this way!) or if you're feeling lazy, like me, bake them until they're golden brown, flipping them over about halfway.
Serve on a pita with whatever falafel toppings you like. I like using hummus, lettuce, tomato, and dill pickle. This falafel doesn't really come out looking or tasting exactly like falafel I've had at Greek restaurants, but the flavor is really good and if you bake it in the oven, it's pretty healthy and has lots of fiber. Enjoy!

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3-4
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

turned out good.  I added some soy sauce and curry powder too.

they didn't have the crunchiness I wanted though :P

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Loved it! Thanks for the quick and easy recipe! :D

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Very easy to make. I followed the recipe all the way. I tried both frying and baking to see which one would come better. Was a bit sad to find that when I tried to fry them after a little bit they just fell apart: no holding them together :-\ the ones that I baked came out really good! I was wondering what kind of sauce you have been eating these with? Interested to know ::)

i think it could depend on how moist your chickpeas are. i've used one brand that is a bit mushier than usual and the falafel didn't hold up as well when fried. you could try adding some cornstarch or flour to absorb some of the moisture.

as far as sauces go, i usually put on a bit of tahini and/or hummus. or ketchup, although that's not very traditional.

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Very easy to make. I followed the recipe all the way. I tried both frying and baking to see which one would come better. Was a bit sad to find that when I tried to fry them after a little bit they just fell apart: no holding them together :-\ the ones that I baked came out really good! I was wondering what kind of sauce you have been eating these with? Interested to know ::)

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Super easy to make. I was a little put off because it doesn't look like real Middle Eastern falafel (I baked it), but it tastes great!

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This caught my eye because I don't have a food processor and I'm pretty terrible in the kitchen, so I figured any recipe with the words 'lazy' and 'college kid' would be my speed. And, yes. These were easy and delicious!

I omitted the parsley, onion and turmeric cause I don't have any. I also looked around at other falafel recipes and picked up a few ideas: add a bit of paprika and the equivalent of one egg of egg replacer. Another tip from another recipe was to omit the oil to avoid any oil/water separation. Hm.

Anyway, this was a great recipe! Perfect with hummus, pita and some veggies. Thank you.

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These were really good and easy! I am on a major falafel kick lately. Admittedly, there's no place to get them around here and I've only eaten them once or twice in restaurants, so I'm probably not the greatest judge of "authentic" taste. But I really liked that they used stuff I usually have around the house, because I hardly ever have tahini and most recipes call for that. I baked mine, brushing both sides lightly with olive oil and added a little more lemon juice and more cumin and red pepper flakes during the mixing. Fabulous! I didn't have anything to serve them with so I just ate them plain, but I bet they'd be even better in a pita with all the goods. Nice recipe.

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These were delicious. I'm saving this recipe for future use. The only change I made was I used cilantro instead of parsley (untraditional, I know) It is what I had on hand and I'm not a huge parsley fan.

yumm yumm, Only thing that would have made them better would have been some tahini on top and hummus on the side.  ;)

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I tried this today but mine turned out dry. I even used more lemon J. I baked them so maybe that is why.

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