sometimes, on his way back from work, my husband passes by dodo and grabs a quick falafel sandwich as back-up before his official dinner.. yes, what an ogre :) - i like dodo's falafel too as as they never fail - they are always good, any time of the day, any day of the week.
you can order sandwiches or falafel pieces to go, they are always awesome, crispy and taste great - however when it comes to dodo's shawarma, my advice is to stay away... not only they have shrunk to a ridiculous portion, but they have turned real bad too.
if you're wondering what falafel are made of or would like to prepare them at home, here's how - though i wouldn't recommend as frying falafel is very smelly and you better avoid this at home:
- 1 cup dried chickpeas or 16 oz. can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 tablespoons flour
- oil for frying
preparation: place dried chickpeas in a bowl, covering with cold water, allow to soak overnight - omit this step if using canned beans - drain chickpeas, and place in pan with fresh water, and bring to a boil - allow to boil for 5 minutes, then let simmer on low for about an hour - drain and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper (to taste) in medium bowl, add flour - mash chickpeas, ensuring to mix ingredients together - you can also combine ingredients in a food processor - you want the result to be a thick paste.
form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping-pong ball, slightly flatten - fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 degrees until golden brown (5-7 minutes) - serve hot.
serving suggestions: falafel can be served as an appetizer with hummus and tahini, or as a main course - stuff pita bread with falafel, lettuce, tomatoes, tahini, salt and pepper - as an alternative, falafel can be formed into patties and served like a burger.