I love falafel. Now read the title again (so you get it). I know there are a gagillion ways to spell it, so you may find a few of mine here. Please don't bug me about it (I mean it kindly!), the spelling depends on the origin. And I don't know each one from the next. Anyway, I'll say it again, I love falafel. It makes me so happy and feel so good (while a bit heafty at the same time) but I love it and it is such a great food.
You will not see greens here. I was going to cut up a cucumber, but I thought I'd wait for something else. I tossed the romaine after keeping it for as long as possible, so there went that. You know, I was pretty happy with no greens or other veggies. Whatever, just one time (clears throat).
Back to falafel: It has to be right. I love going out for falafel at my favorite place for that and the best baba (eggplant dip), and I stuff myself until I feel like I have to unbutton my pants. Maybe I should go prepared like I did on V-day and in my pajamas (with elastic and drawstrings, super-softies). I have never made falafel at home from scratch. I had the boxed kind once. That was the last time. Then I would get a bag of frozen mix from a local market (Haji Baba) but I no longer dine there, I just go to the market and buy the super-cheap items that I would never pay more for in a health-food store or standard crappy supermarket.
I've wanted to make my own, but I know there are so many versions. I looked up a ton (for the last few years I've been doing this...). Finally, Everyday Vegan came to the rescue and I decided to make the "lighten up" falafels and I can't remember if I changed anything. It was good as-is, but I don't have seasoned rice vinegar, so I used plain. I also made the tahini with tamari (pg. 74) and it was sooooo wonderful! Thanks Dreena, you make the best stuff. I can't remember if it was bake or fry but of course (no oven for me) I fried them in light oil. Yum. These were awesome and I love the kicks that are in the tahini that make it different from all the basic kinds I have had.
I will make these again soon. I highly suggest doing the same!