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Monday, December 5, 2011

A Taste With Starr

Hey! It's Starr aka your NYC Culture Reporter from Free Your Star Magazine. So, do you wanna go on a tasty journey? Join me, Starr, for a taste of paradise. I'm going to be here tasting food from different countries such as Italian,Jamaica,Japanese and India. My first journey of "A Taste With Starr" is middle-eastern food. It was my first time to taste falafel. It was very tasty, and it reminds me of a jerk and curry flavor with a little touch of lemon.

To see the video of me and my internship buddies tasting falafel it's below. Stay tuned for more, you can also go to Facebook


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 60 minutes

•1 cup dried chickpeas or 16 oz. can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans.
•1 large onion, chopped
•2 cloves of garlic, chopped
•3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
•1 teaspoon coriander
•1 teaspoon cumin
•2 tablespoons flour


Place dried chickpeas in a bowl, covering with cold water. Allow to soak overnight. Omit this step if using canned beans.

Drain chickpeas, and place in pan with fresh water, and bring to a boil.

Allow to boil for 5 minutes, then let simmer on low for about an hour.

Drain and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper (to taste) in medium bowl. Add flour.

Mash chickpeas, ensuring to mix ingredients together. You can also combine ingredients in a food processor. You want the result to be a thick paste.

Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. Slightly flatten.

Fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 degrees until golden brown (5-7 minutes).

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