How To Make Falafel And Fattush: Ultimate Lebanese Vegan Combo
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The Lebanese Cuisine
Today we are learning how to make Falafel and Fattush: ultimate Lebanese vegan combo ! We have a two in one recipe for you this time!
The Lebanese cuisine contains an abundance of whole grains, fruit, vegetables and starches! Garlic, herbs, olive oil and lemon juice are also used liberally in the Lebanese cuisine! It’s one of my personal favorite cuisines as the dishes are extremely flavorsome and there is a large variety of dishes that are vegan or can easily be veganised!
Just like in most Mediterranean cuisines, food is often grilled, baked or sautéed in olive oil. Vegetables are often eaten raw, pickled or cooked. Herbs and spices are used and the freshness of ingredients is important!
The main ingredient in Falafel is ground chickpeas. Although Falafel are usually deep-fried patties, you can also bake them in the oven for a healthier, less calorie dense outcome. This traditional Middle-Eastern food is usually wrapped in pitta and drizzled with tahini-based sauces or served alone as meze with other traditional dishes such as Fattoush which is a Lebanese salad.
The name Falafel has a Coptic Egyptian origin and it means ‘of many beans’. It has become a very common street food world-wide and it’s extremely popular with vegetarians and vegans.
Fattush is a traditional Lebanese bread salad combined with greens and vegetables. Fattoush belongs to the family of dishes known as fattat (plural) or fatta, which use stale flatbread as a base. It tends to be very filling so it makes for a great side salad.
Without further ado, here’s how to make falafel and fattush: the ultimate Lebanese vegan combo !
Ingredients for Falafel (approximately 30 small patties):
- Approximately 2 cups dried chickpeas ( alternatively you can use canned chickpeas for convenience)
- 1 finely chopped onion
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
- 3-5 cloves garlic (you can use more or less according to your preferences)
- 2 tablespoons gluten free all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Olive oil ( you can use less if you decide to bake instead of fry)
- Place chickpeas in a large bowl of cold water with a teaspoon of soda overnight to soften. Rinse and drain the next morning. The chickpeas would have absorbed some of the water and thus double in size so you should have around 4 cups of chickpeas. Alternatively you can use canned chickpeas and avoid this step if you are looking for quick and easy solution!
- Add the chickpeas to the food processor along with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until the mixture has a texture between couscous and paste.
- Place mixture in a bowl and use a fork to stir. Remove any large chickpea chunks.
- Cover the bowl with plastic membrane and place in the fridge to settle for about 1-2 hours.
- Mold mixture into small balls. Make sure that your hands are wet to avoid sticking,
- Deep fry in olive oil or bake in the oven for a less calorie dense, healthier outcome.
Ingredients for Fattush (4 servings):
- 1 tablespoon vegetable olive oil
- 2 small pitta bread torn into pieces
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons sumac powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 head romaine lettuce ( torn to bite-size pieces)
- 1 diced cucumber
- 2 diced tomatoes
- 4 chopped green onions
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 chopped fresh mint
- 1 cup chopped purslane
- Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place pita pieces into the skillet without crowding. Fry in batches until golden brown and blot dry with paper towels.
- Mix the water and cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until thickened. Remove from heat, and mix in lemon juice, garlic, sumac, salt, and pepper.
- In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients and then toss in the dressing.
Heavenly! This is indeed the ultimate Lebanese vegan combo! Serve with some homemade humus for an authentic Lebanese experience! Stay tuned for a homemade humus recipe to be posted soon on our recipe section! This meal is a great way to get your kids into veggies! It’s super tasty and although it might look difficult to make at first glance, it actually doesn’t require that much kitchen fuss! And let’s face it who doesn’t love a great homemade falafel dish! Have a go and do let us know how you like it in the comment section below! Enjoy!