In 1998 I was an exchange student in Israel and feasted for the first time on falafel. I've been a fan ever since.
This falafel recipe is basically the same as p506 in Nourishing Traditions. My family likes the taste, I like that it is inexpensive and makes a lot. The recipe says it serves eight. When I make falafel, we eat it for dinner then I freeze the remainder in two packages.
2 cups dry chickpeas, soaked in water 24 hours (just soak, do not cook. NT says to add whey to the water and chickpeas. My experience is that it makes them very tough; I just soak in water.)
4 cups parsley leaves, loosely packed
4 medium onions (mine were large, so I used 3)
4 (or more) cloves of peeled garlic
1 t ground cumin
1 t ground coriander
1 t pepper
2 t sea salt
1/2 t cayenne pepper (more if you'd like)
1 t baking powder
optional: cute kitchen helper
In food processor, add 1 c parsley and 1/4 of all the other ingredients. Pulse until chopped. Scrape down sides. Pulse again till it resembles a course paste. Dump into a large bowl and start again.
Basically you want to chop small batches of everything. Do not make the mistake of try to chop all the chickpeas, or all the parsley at once. It works best if you put a bit of everything in the food processor and chop.
Keep pulsing all the ingredients together in small batches until your face looks like his.
The above picture is still too coarse. If your mixture is too coarse it will not hold together in the frying pan.
Then refrigerate for at least one hour. When it's dinner time, over medium high heat, melt lard in a skillet. You can also use olive oil, but lard is much cheaper. Most store bought lard is hydrogenated (BAD!), but homemade lard is good for you. It is very easy to render lard. If you're in Little Rock, Youngblood GrassFed Farm sells pork fat that you can buy through ASN.
Here's where my rendition deviates from Nourishing Traditions. I add about 1/3 cup white flour to about 1.5 cups of the "course paste" and stir, as mine doesn't stick together well in the skillet without the flour. Usually I also add a pastured egg yolk. But I was out of eggs. It worked fine with just the flour. (see also note in the comments.)
Form mixture into patties and fry in lard for about 2-3 minutes on each side till golden brown.
Above and below I'm illustrating mad flippin' skillz.
Serve with hummus, slices of feta, Nourishing Gourmet's quinoa tabbouleh (pictured below), and tzatziki sauce (recipe below.)
When I made the tzatziki, my limiting factor was about 6oz. sour cream. The more sour cream you have, the more cucumber you can use.
Tzatziki Sauce from Layla's
Spoon 6oz sour cream in a blender with about 1/4 of a medium sized cucumber, coarsely chopped. Add about 4-6 small mint leaves from your herb garden. Give blender a whirl. Scrape down sides of blender, whirl again. Taste. Add salt and pepper and a tiny squeeze of lemon. Blend. Taste. Adjust as necessary.