Falafel for Eskimos …yumma!

That is no match for the challenge he took upon himself: selling falafel to the residents of Fairbanks, Alaska without ever cooking it before and in a place where most have never heard of the national Israeli food.

Think it’s impossible to sell ice to Eskimos? Try selling falafel in Alaska?
Although the resemblance to the original is evident, there is one big difference: Nadav’s $7 pita is stuffed with falafel, tehina, parsley and… lettuce. “Although I tell my customers that in Israel we prefer our falafel spicy and with pickles, the Alaskans’ craving for lettuce couldn’t be squashed.

Falafel. Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

What is it y’all say?

Falafel is made from chickpeas. Mixed usually with onion, parsley, cilantro, garlic, baking powder, salt, cumin and crushed red pepper.
You mix, and scoop rounded tablespoons of the falafel mixture into a hot oil and fry in small batches until browned and crisp, just about 2 minutes.

Dip in tahini and your’e done!

Don’t tell me you don’t know what tahini is. irked.gif

Dang. See my post bout hummus here. Heh. jester.gif

Street vendors and Israeli pizza shops in NYC tuck falafel into pita bread with chopped lettuce and tomato and plenty of tahini sauce.

Of course Israeli salad on the side is a must!
Nothin to it! flirt.gif

Grab a few large tomatoes, a few medium cucumbers, about 5 large lettuce leafs, 1sweet red pepper ,4-5 small radishes (if you like them…I don’t gasp.gif..ikkk)
Add 1/2 small onion.
Finely chop and cut all veggies into very very small pieces.

Don’t be lazy like me..heh..The size makes all the difference. Heh.
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Dressing:
1/2 squeezed lemon
3-5 spoonfuls of olive oil…Add salt and pepper to taste~!

In Israel they have what we might call falafel buffets. You get a pita with a few falafel balls in it, and you get to load it up with all sorts of salads and cooked vegetables, hummus, pickles, dressing…….to your heart’s content.

Warning: Tehina sauce tends to um…dribble down your chin…….
wear a bib?

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But….Whatever ya do..don’t order falafel in pita on a first date. Heh. food-smiley.gif

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58 Responses to “Falafel for Eskimos …yumma!”

  1. Lawman says:

    Sounds yummy! When do we eat?

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  3. Debbie says:

    Angel, that sounds so good. Email me some, ha. No meat in any of those recipes. I guess the chckpeas ad the protein? The salad looks good too, all fresh and nothing but lemon and olive oil, my favorites.

    I’m making sea scallops for dinner tonight. Hubby loves them. Maybe a big salad, some homemade Lemon cheesecake, homemade light as a feather breadsticks rolled in parmesan cheese. Yum Yum.

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    My mouth is watering as I look at each successive picture–and I just finished supper! I do love lettuce…

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  7. Jungle mom says:

    Oh great, now I am hungry!

  8. Yankee Doodle says:

    That’s a quality post, Angel!

  9. nanc says:

    I LOVE FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!

    good job – i really enjoy just fresh squeezed lemon juice on so many things from salad to fish to baked potatoes.

  10. MK says:

    Yeah i’m hungry too…

    But no meat, borring… sorry :grin:

  11. Kevin says:

    We used to eat falafel in college in Boston (but it was made by a Lebanese guy). It always seemed to be missing something. Only later did I realize what it was. Ground up cow. There is no cow in falafel! Doesn’t that make it not count as food?

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  15. Seth says:

    Oooh, and here I am in Chicago, and I haven’t yet found a place for great falafel. Bummer.

    The pictures in your post, Mz Lucky-To-Be-Living-In N.Y., are making me starve!

    The last really good falafel I had was at a place called “3 Brothers From Italy” (“3 Brothers From Cairo” would have been more accurate) on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, about 9 years ago.

    Now you’ve done it, LOL, you’ve launched me on a hunt for good falafel in Chicago. Yum!

  16. American Interests says:

    I’m coming over for tea!

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  19. middleclassguy says:

    You are turning to a cooking blog? What next, your own Food Network Show and then Iron Chef? Actually, if you find a place that makes good Falafal, you buy it in bulk and make patties out of it. It is great for meatless burgers for veggie friends.

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  21. Gayle says:

    Well, I must say I feel left out. I’ve never even heard of this stuff. Falafel looks like meatballs to me, which I made last night. Does that count? Probably not… LOL! Oh well, I’m from Texas so what can you expect. We eat a lot of breakfast burritos, Jumbalaya, T-bone Steak, roasts with carrots, potatoes, onions, peppers, salmon and a lot of salads. Just old fashioned American, Tex Mex and Cajun food. Oh… and quite a bit of Rice. I think I would be a foreigner in NYC. :(

    We do the Seder dinner at my church every year though. That’s about all the Jewish food that I ever eat.

  22. Joe Gringo says:

    Alright, I’m off to find the neares Jewish restaurant.

    Love roasted red pepper and garlic hummus, it’s awesome!

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    I just read my comment, Angel, and felt it necesssary to clarify that I don’t put salmon in my roasts! Yuck!

  26. frasypoo says:

    Angel
    That sounds yummy!I have never eaten falafel.Never seen anyone selling it here but I live in GA which should come a close second to Alaska !

  27. Brooke says:

    Your food posts KILL ME, Angel! :)

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  30. obob says:

    I wouldn’t know where to find it

  31. cube says:

    Oh yum. It’s all good. I’ll be right over ;-)

  32. Sunflower Desert says:

    I love chick peas! I bet I’d have a hard time finding a falafel in WY? Might have to fix ‘em myself!

    Happy New Year Angel!

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  37. Carl says:

    Falafel sounds like Jewish hushpuppies to me. I’d love to try some.

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  40. Don L says:

    Say Angel, is this falafel organic, free range or processed?

    Just kidding, but I would love to hear about the influence upon European food by Jewish cooking. Who copied who on Borscht, perogi, potato pancakes etc? It would make for a very educational column – er favorite recipes must be included.

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  48. Aurora says:

    Angel, we have such a small Jewish population here in Sydney that we miss out on some of that stuff though it’s quite similar to other Mid East food. Looks delicious!

    On the election, I heard that Fred has dropped out. Say it’s not true!

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  50. Dapoppins says:

    We love falafel but i had no idea it was eathen with PICKLES

  51. michael says:

    What a great post, Angel! Kudoz (and b’hatzlacha) to the Alaskan falafel vendor.

    I love the pic of the falafel stand called Falafel Oved. That’s “Falafel Stand,” for the non-Hebrew speakers out there.

    And you’re right about the Israeli salad, although I like it in the pita with the falafel. Definitely good stuff, and the highest evolution of street food.

    But what’s the pic of McD’s doing in here?

  52. Pela68 says:

    Sorry, but falafel just taste… yuck! Maybe I have not got the “right stuff”, but i’ll take a pita kebab any time over it (or Palt). Then again; a freshly smoked Arctic Char served with Almond Potatoes from the Torneo valley, a couple of slices of cucumber, a coctail tomato or two and chorinzones. BANG- you’re in heaven! And then for dessert, vanilla ice cream with warm Cloudberry jam. Nnnnnnngghhhh! [DROOLING!]

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  55. Incognito says:

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