How To Make The Famous Goldie Falafel With Michael Solomonov
How To Make The Famous Goldie Falafel With Michael Solomonov
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Michael Solomonov, Israeli chef and restaurateur, visits the MUNCHIES Test Kitchen to show us his take on the classic falafel wrap. Beautifully fried falafel is stuffed into a soft pita and topped with crunchy cabbage, tomato, and cucumber.

INGREDIENTS

for the falafel:

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 pound|454 grams dried chickpeas, soaked in water overnight and drained
  • big handful fresh parsley
  • big handful fresh cilantro
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons cold water, plus more as needed
  • canola oil, for frying

for the tehina sauce:

  • 1 garlic clove
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 (16-ounce|454-gram) jar tehina
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1-1 ½ cups|237-355 ml ice cold water

for the sandwich:

  • 6 pita breads
  • 3 tomatoes, cored and diced
  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • ¼ head red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • harissa

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make the tehina sauce: Nick off a piece of the garlic (about ¼ of the clove) and drop it into a food processor. Squeeze the lemon juice into the food processor. Pour the tehina on top, making sure to scrape it all out of the container, and add the salt and cumin. Process until the mixture looks peanut-buttery, about 1 minute. Stream in the ice water, a little at a time, with the motor running. Process just until the mixture is smooth and creamy and lightens to the color of dry sand.
  2. Make the falafel: Mix together the baking powder, salt, cumin, and turmeric in a small bowl.
  3. Layer half the ingredients in a food processor in this order: chickpeas, fresh herbs, vegetables, garlic, and the mixed dry seasonings. Repeat with the remaining ingredients in the same order. Add the water and pulse until very finely chopped and the mixture holds together when pinched between two fingers. If necessary, add a bit more water and pulse again to get the right consistency.
  4. Scoop the batter into a colander set over a large bowl to drain while you make the balls. Squeeze out the liquid from the batter with your hands until the dough stays together, then shape into 1-inch balls. Set the balls aside on a plate.
  5. Heat a couple of inches of canola oil to 350°F in a large pot. Lower the balls into the hot oil with a long-handled slotted spoon and raise the heat to high to maintain the temperature of the oil. Fry in batches for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the falafel balls are brown and crispy (but not burnt!).
  6. Immediately transfer the falafel with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Serve hot.
  7. Make your sandwich by layering 2 falafel balls with the tomatoes, cucumber, and cabbage and the tehina sauce and harissa in a pita, and repeating till the pita is full.

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