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Friday, September 28, 2012

Ancient Egypt: Taamia Falafal

The Unlikely Homeschool-Ancient Egypt Unit Study

Welcome to week 2 of our Ancient Egypt Unit Study Series.  If you missed last week, be sure to swing over and learn about the core books I will be using throughout the series.  

To gain a better understanding of the culture of this people group, we cooked up Taamia Falafal, an ancient Egyptian meatless dish.  In our research of Falafal, we learned that there are other modern nations that make a similar dish.  The Egyptian version, however, is flattened instead of round like a meatball and is made with a few varied ingredients, as detailed in this original recipe.  


What you will need

  • 2 c. fava beans or chickpeas
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 small onions
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander seed
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • sesame seeds
  • 1 c. olive oil for frying

Falafal Recipe-The Unlikely Homeschool

To Make Falafal

Soak beans or chickpeas in water overnight.

Egyptian Falafal Recipe-The Unlikely Homeschool

Drain water.  Blend chickpeas until they form a grainy paste.

Egyptian Falafal Recipe-The Unlikely Homeschool

Set chickpea paste aside.

Egyptian Falafal Recipe-The Unlikely Homeschool

Puree/finely chop the garlic, onions, cumin, coriander, parsley, pepper, salt.

Egyptian Falafal Recipe-The Unlikely Homeschool

This will make a very pungent puree.

Egyptian Falafal Recipe-The Unlikely Homeschool

Pour and mix into the chickpea paste.

Egyptian Falafal Recipe-The Unlikely Homeschool

Egyptian Falafal Recipe-The Unlikely Homeschool

Form into 1-2 inch balls.

Egyptian Falafal Recipe-The Unlikely Homeschool

Flatten to form round patties about a finger-width thick.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Egyptian Falafal Recipe-The Unlikely Homeschool

Fry batches in large skillet until patties are golden brown on both sides.

Egyptian Falafal Recipe-The Unlikely Homeschool

Place fried falafal on paper towels to drain excess grease.

Egyptian Falafal Recipe-The Unlikely Homeschool

Serve inside a pita bread with lettuce, onion, and cucumber slices.

Egyptian Falafal Recipe-The Unlikely Homeschool

We completed the dish by tossing together a simple salad of dates and figs.  

This nutty-flavored dish has a very pungent smell similar to that of incense in a novelty shop.  Although it was not our favorite international meal, we were glad to have experienced the flavors of the pharaohs.  We added a bit more culture to our dining experience by listening to a orchestral rendition of ancient Egyptian music.

I hope you'll join me again as we continue our look at the ancient civilization of Egypt.


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4 comments:

  1. What a wonderful sharing! The falafal looks absolutely wonderful. I will have to try that. I 'm putting together as hands on study of the Native Americans and I hadn't thought of adding a food to make. Maybe Pemican? I will have to do that!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your lessons with us! Been studying Egyptian history with our daughters, and looking forward to making the cartouche necklaces and falafel tomorrow!

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