I have a packet of falafel mix I want to use up, but I'm not anxious to do any deep frying in this weather. I'm wondering if people think they could be grilled (gas grill)? Anyone have any experience with this, and if so, how long did they cook for? I found a few recipes online but they were all for falafel made from chickpeas rather than mix. Curious to hear some ideas. Thanks!
My parents used to use falafel mix to make veggie burgers. They chop up broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, whatever, grate in a bit of carrot, then form the mix into patties and pan fry like regular hamburgers. I see no reason why falafel wouldn't work on the grill. If you don't have a fancy perforated pan, put it on a piece of foil punctured with a fork to let some of that smoky flavour in.
I almost always shallow fry my falafel (both mix and homemade) - my mother almost burnt the house down deep-frying and has installed a large mount of deep-frying-fear in me!
I've also baked them (to make cooking lots of falafel for a party easier) but that wasn't as good as frying but still tasty (I'd definitely do it again if I were making for a crowd or wanted to reduce fat content). Agree with Isoda that there were a bit drier,
I baked ( oven fried is a better description ) some the other day with a recipe I found on line that call for adding a bit of crumbled white bread to the chickpeas .They were great I wrapped them in lettuce leaves serving them with tahini and yogurt .http://humus101.com/EN/2006/10/14/hum... search this site for the recipe and more.
Never tried grilling, but I'm guessing you could do this with a mix. If you have a grill wok or one of those perforated veggie grilling trays, oil it very generously and try a few shaped into thin patties.
I have baked falafel (made from dried chickpeas) before on a well-oiled baking tray. They came out well, but were a little tougher and drier than the fried kind. However, baking didn't heat up the kitchen as badly, so that's always an option.