Falafel is something that I never tried until at least college, so it is still a new food to me. This was the first time I’ve tried making it at home. The recipe I used modified it to be a patty, versus the typical ball shape that you see as street-food. This actually makes it similar to our recent Crispy Salmon Patties. It also called for cooked brown rice to be incorporated, which is not very traditional, but tasted great (or rather, I couldn’t tell it was in there, so it didn’t make a difference to me!). I broiled the patties, rather than fried, so that changed the texture (not as crisp) as compared to traditional falafel.
Perhaps I’ve never paid attention to it in the past, but I was surprised to see how green the falafel mixture turned out to be! It does make sense, given that there are close to 4 (!) cups of fresh green herbs (cilantro and parsley) incorporated.
We served this in a pita, with lettuce and tomato slices. It was pretty spicy. I thought it needed a sauce as garnish, perhaps a yogurt one such as Tzatziki sauce, or the traditional tahini sauce, which is made from sesame seeds. Next time!