This middle-eastern dish is nutritious and delicious. For about a dozen falafel you will need:
1 cup of dried chick peas
1 large onion
½ head of garlic
1 bunch of parsley
Hot green pepper, to suit your taste (or use paprica instead, if you don't like spicy food)
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
oil (for frying)
Soak the chick peas overnight and drain.
In a food processor or a pestle and mortar, grind and mix together all the ingredients, starting with the garlic and adding the onions, the parsley, chick peas and spices.
Use a little flour to bind it together.
Shape into meatball shape and deep fry. If, like us, you are not too kin on deep frying, you can place on a greased tray and bake in the oven until golden brown.
Serve with tomatoes and parsley or other salad in a pitta bread.
If you don't have an oven in your camper, you could use a non-stick frying pan with lid and fry in very slow heat. In this case you may like to shape them a little flatter and turn them over after 20 minutes or so.