- Falafel mix made with garbanzo bean flour, wheat flour, and spices
- Classic Mediterranean recipe
- Delicious plain or in pita bread with tahini dressing
- Vegetarian and low fat
- All natural with no MSG or artificial ingredients
Good crunch but CANNOT pass off as homemade
Can be baked
Flavour and texture is like sawdust (must soak at least 30 minutes though that won’t fix it)
Because I had the version from Mediterranean Cafe east of Los Angeles (Pasadena to be specific) one might think I’m picky, but honestly they could have at least tasted what they created and said that you needed to add fresh cilantro, parsley and onion to compensate the texture of the dry mix. I actually had to guess what was missing then, with a receipe online, and make a brand new batch of falafel from hand in order to fix the flavor and inside texture of this one and my family and I still think it’s weird.
Simply put if this is the best of the box falafels I’d stay the heck away from all else. If you feel the same way and you’re stuck with 12 boxes, what you can do to fix it is to add some cilantro, onion and garlic until it develops the falafel greenish hue. I did this and it was definitely much much closer to the falafel I had. Perhaps I should also add breadcrumbs but a part of me goes “is this honestly necessary!? Why am I REMAKING falafel?”
IMO if convenience is ruined by forcing one to remake the item they’re supposed to imitate the product fails. I am therefore giving one star for the crunch only.
Just OK, in my opinion
Best Falafel Mix on the Market!! 🙂
Until I tried Casbah, I liked Ziyad brand the best. Ziyad cooks well and tastes good, but is not as flavorful as Casbah (which has a stronger flavor than any of the brands I mentioned).
Swad and Nirav are good (they taste good but are less flavorful than Ziyad), but do not purchase the Manischewitz. It does not taste the way falafel is supposed to. The ingredients indicate that it is made with matzo meal, which is probably why it tastes so vastly different. It’s not that it tastes bad, but it just doesn’t taste like falafel. The packaging is nice… the mix is divided into two separate sealed pouches. Good for single people. Quantity wise it is less than the other brands, though.
I have not tried Near East or Fantastic Foods brand falafel mix, so cannot comment on the quality of those mixes.
Casbah tastes *perfect*. Spicy, crunchy, very flavorful, just the best. If you eat this brand you will never eat any of the others again.
UPDATE: September 2012: Ziyad has reformulated its falafel mix, and it tastes really yummy now! So try a box of that if you don’t want to spend the big bucks to buy Casbah. Personally, I felt that Ziyad was so improved that I didn’t need to spend the extra energy to hunt down the Casbah packages, or order in bulk from Amazon. Try it, and see what works for you. ^^
Delicious and easy
Quick, easy, and delicious
Casbah Falafel – Fresh and priced right
can’t be any easier
Family’s Favorite Falafel Mix
The main reason for a five star review is for flavor and consistency, which are among the best I’ve found in a mix and – surprisingly – better than what I’ve had in more than a few restaurants and stands. It also doesn’t hurt that these meet with my Jordanian father-in-law’s approval when I do the cooking. (which, for me, is something akin to a French chef earning a Michelin star…) Taste is subjective, however, and I’ve seen arguments arise between falafel aficionados on which ones are the best: Lebanese, Israeli, Syrian, Greek, etc. So, before going out and getting a whole case of the stuff, I’d suggest trying one box first.
My preference is to fry these in peanut oil (about 1/2 inch in an iron skillet) as I feel peanut oil has a higher burning point than some other oils and think that it produces the best flavor. Naturally, this is not for the peanut-allergic among you. I’ve read that falafel can be baked and the box also gives instructions on this, though I’ve never tried it. For serious shoppers, the ingredients list unbleached wheat flour and does not indicate that it contains fava beans. (It does, of course, indicate garbanzo bean flour as the primary ingredient) This may or may not matter to purists, but I’ve gotta go with the taste buds on this one and will be sticking with Casbah.
The last point for me is price, or more accurately, value. While I would prefer to have the option of getting this mix in bulk so as to do without all the packaging, I’ve only found it by the case: 12 boxes of 10 ounces each. Still, the cost comes to pennies-per-patty for each falafel versus over a buck-per-patty at our favorite restaurant. Granted, this does not include the necessary goodies (pickles, tomatoes, onions, and hummus for this particular family) but it’s still a fraction of the cost of having our family falafel extravaganza eating out. If you plan on making this a staple of your diet, the subscription plan saves you even more.
Bottom line: Flavor, consistency, and value are all tops with Casbah falafel mix: Five stars from this reviewer.