I enjoy food blogging because I can share snapshots about my life and how I make my food choices. For example, I love Korean dramas. I think they’re hands-down the most predictable and engaging programs. The characters are pretty much the same across shows; the plot usually revolves around a couple who should not have crossed paths but they have and life takes them on a crazy journey. The programs embody (sometimes offensive) gender stereotypes but in this oddly sincere way. I can’t get enough of them.
These shows also make me want Korean food and vats of soju. To temper these cravings, I try to find recipes to experiment with. A place in Brooklyn makes great tofu edamame falafel but I’m outside of their delivery range. So I went with the best option: make it yourself.
The important thing to remember when making any kind of fried, cohesive food is to make sure the mix sticks together but not to your hands. Also, when you’re placing items in the mixing bowl, you can really let your organizational side come out and group the items nicely before mixing all together. It’s very satisfying.
Currently watching: Secret Garden.
Edamame Falafel (makes approx. 12-14)
What you need:
- 1 medium bowl, food processor (regular blade), frying pan, slotted spatula
- 1 cup edamame, shelled and thawed
- 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained
- 1 cup cilantro
- 1 tbsp. sesame oil (or olive oil)
- 1-2 tbsp. lime juice
- 1/2 tbsp. cumin
- 1/2 tbsp. coriander
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- dash of paprika or cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup carrots, 1/4″ slices
- 1 1/2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup panko
- 1 egg
- vegetable oil for frying
How to make it:
- Put the edamame, chickpeas, sesame oil, lime juice, cumin, coriander, salt and paprika in the food processor and pulse until nearly smooth. It should still have a slightly coarse texture. Transfer to the mixing bowl.
- Add the cilantro to the food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to the mixing bowl. Do the same with the carrots and place in bowl.
- Add the panko, sesame seeds and egg to the bowl and mix until fully incorporated. It should stick together but not stick too much to your hands. Prepare a plate with paper towels to place the cooked falafel on later.
- Over medium to medium low heat, heat the vegetable oil for frying. When full heated, make a falafel ball the size of a ping-pong ball and flatten slightly. Place in pan and cook until brown on both sides. If it held up okay and tastes good, proceed with making more falafel and frying. If not, add a little salt or spices or more panko if it’s too runny.
- Enjoy the falafel in a sandwich, wrap, over rice, or as an appetizer!