Thursday, May 10, 2012

FALAFEL



Falafel is a very popular snack from the Middle East. It is made from soaked and coarsely ground chickpeas and spices. You can have it as a snack or stuffed in pita pockets with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and hummus.

Ingredients:
Chickpeas .... 1 cup (Soaked overnight)
Gram flour ... 1-2 tbsp.
Garlic paste.......... 1 tsp
Onion ............... 2-3 tbsps. (chopped)
Parsely ............. 1/4 cup (chopped finely) - you may use coriander instead or both
Mint leaves ....... a few (optional - I like to add for flavour)
Cumin seeds ...... 1 tsp ( crushed coarsely)
Green/red chillies .... 1
Baking powder .... 1/2 tsp.
Lemon juice ............ 2-3 tbsp (as per your taste)
Salt .............. to taste
Oil .............. to fry

Method:


1. Grind the chickpeas in a food processor along with garlic, chilli, parsley, mint, onion cumin seeds and lemon juice. ( without adding water)
2. Mix the gram flour, baking powder and leave it in the refrigerator until you fry. It becomes a little thicker. Add the salt just before frying because salt leaves out water and makes the dough watery.
3. Make lemon sized balls, flatten them a bit and deep fry to a golden colour.
4. Falafel can be served as a snack or a sandwich in pita pockets along with hummus or garlic sauce, onion, tomato, pickled vegetables, lettuce/parsley.

22 comments:

  1. Hello Mam just landed in your blog and found some lovely recipes. Do visit my blog in your spare time.
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    1. Thank you so much for visiting and liking my recipes. Will surely drop by and check out yours too.

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  2. Dear Shobha
    How are you? Opening blog after 6 months! As soon as I landed at Algiers I am reading missed recipes..Never tried to make Falafel now feeling enthusiastic after reading your recipe. Adding salt at the last moment is a great tip, never occurred to me before! I think it should be valid for most frying where watering out of the mix is not good!
    Have a nice weekend...will be home day after tomorrow to read all the missed ones.

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    1. Thanks for always appreciating my work.. It really feels nice to know when someone appreciates. I can understand being away from home you must be missing home food.

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  3. So flavorful and love your recipe!

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  4. Dear Shobha,
    These look delicious. Wish we could have smell-and-taste-a-vision, so I'll just settle for virtual tasting instead...mmmmmmmm...hope you made plenty becausee I'll be back for seconds! LOL

    Thanks for linking up to Blog Hop Saturday! I intend to hold this every first Saturday of the month, so the next hop will be on June 2nd. The Linky will open Fri June 1st from 8:00pm - 11:59pm EST Sat June 2nd. Invite your friends...everyone is welcome...hope you will join us!

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    1. Ha ha Andy.. thanks for liking them... you are most welcome to have them all.

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  5. Yum - one of my favorite foods! I am still working on perfecting a "non-fried" version but loathe the baked ones. It seems pan-frying may be the only acceptable alternative but I am not done testing recipes yet. Any tips?

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    1. Alyssa, I personally feel that there is a lot of difference in the taste of the non-fried recipes. Once in a way there is no harm in indulging and enjoying the fried stuff.

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  6. ho shobha. your falafel looks great, bookmarked this dlicious snack with thanks. have a nice daye

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  7. Shobha, falafels bring me fond memories of my mom. We used to get them at the mall on weekends when we went shopping. Seeing this recipe is making me crave them! I will have to try this! Thanks! :-)

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    1. Sweet and fond memories always linger in your minds.

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