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Old 02-28-2013, 04:05 PM   #11
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Forget everything I said, I appologise, for some reason I thought you were talking abouyt humus. gee, time for vacation ... sorry again.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:26 PM   #12
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The best falafel are made with a hand crank countertop meat grinder, or electric if you have one, for the right texture. Use uncooked, soaked chickpeas.
Now you tell me after I did it in batches in a mini food processor.: Will knownext time thank you for the advice. Is that done with a plate with 3/16" holes?
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:29 PM   #13
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No problem. I have been there done that myself.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:41 PM   #14
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Tell us how it came out.

Your question caused me to run out for falafel for lunch today!
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:55 PM   #15
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I had never tasted falafel till today but I liked it. Most I baked into patties and froze but for supper I made balls and deep fried in grape seed oil. I have to say the taste is different but I certainly liked it.

A bit of O/T why I was experimenting. Because of a stroke the doctor made me cut out red meat. That left fish which I can't stand and chicken which I soon came to dread. I had been substituting rice for meat for supper recently but that was getting boring. I looks like falafel will be a good alternative.

Oh and a little search on the web indicated most restaurants use a meat grinder to grind the beans so that will be my experiment next time I make falafel. Next, pita bread.

Thanks all. You made my evening meal special.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:21 PM   #16
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I had never tasted falafel till today but I liked it. Most I baked into patties and froze but for supper I made balls and deep fried in grape seed oil. I have to say the taste is different but I certainly liked it.

A bit of O/T why I was experimenting. Because of a stroke the doctor made me cut out red meat. That left fish which I can't stand and chicken which I soon came to dread. I had been substituting rice for meat for supper recently but that was getting boring. I looks like falafel will be a good alternative.

Oh and a little search on the web indicated most restaurants use a meat grinder to grind the beans so that will be my experiment next time I make falafel. Next, pita bread.

Thanks all. You made my evening meal special.
Glad you're still here with us! You brought back college memories, Ray. Here is my old roommate's falafel recipe, from wayyy back. I thought it was the best (and indeed the only one) I'd ever had! Moosewood was THE cookbook way back then!

http://www.culinate.com/content/1706/Falafel
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:40 PM   #17
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I had never tasted falafel till today but I liked it. Most I baked into patties and froze but for supper I made balls and deep fried in grape seed oil. I have to say the taste is different but I certainly liked it.

A bit of O/T why I was experimenting. Because of a stroke the doctor made me cut out red meat. That left fish which I can't stand and chicken which I soon came to dread. I had been substituting rice for meat for supper recently but that was getting boring. I looks like falafel will be a good alternative.

Oh and a little search on the web indicated most restaurants use a meat grinder to grind the beans so that will be my experiment next time I make falafel. Next, pita bread.

Thanks all. You made my evening meal special.
Pita bread is really easy. I make the dough in my bread machine. I have made them with wholewheat+chickpea flour, and a variety of other flours.
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Interesting recipe and the spices are somewhat different. The one I used had cardamon and coriander with turmeric optional. Thanks. Fun to experiment.

I like the wholewheat floor for the pita. Probably wait a while before trying that.
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Interesting recipe and the spices are somewhat different. The one I used had cardamon and coriander with turmeric optional. Thanks. Fun to experiment.

I like the wholewheat floor for the pita. Probably wait a while before trying that.
Here's the way I make pita in the bread machine:

What are you baking today?

You can use water instead of the buttermilk and omit the egg (I raise laying hens, so tend to use the egg). You can also use EVOO or another heart-friendly oil instead of the butter.
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I suggest "noodling" around with farro and quinoa. Both are hearty grains that make great main dish meals.
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