Sunday, March 21, 2010

Falafel

The first time I had falafel was at my cousins place and was hooked. Then there were Mediterranean buffets here in Dallas which had a variety of other salads, dips and vegetables and it soon became one of our favorite cuisines. And other than the deep fried falafel (which I have also baked on previous occasion), the food is healthy and protein packed with the main ingredient being chickpeas. I used to buy falafel mixes before, but after a couple of food network appearances by the dish, I felt confident enough to try it at home. The attempt was very successful and the recipe is a keeper! I made it with tzatziki, two types of hummus and a simple salad. In the recipe I used chili powder instead of green chilies as I made a big batch, enough for two meals. Some times the ground chilies tend to make the dish spicier if stored. This version tastes best only when fried, I tried to bake it but the results were not good.

Falafel 
Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups raw chickpeas
1/2 medium onion
4-5 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons cumin seeds (jeera)
3/4 cup washed coriander leaves
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
Salt
Pepper

Soak the chickpeas overnight. Par boil them. Mix and the ingredients except the baking powder and grind it into a thick pasty batter. Use as little water as possible. Heat oil in a deep pan. Shape the batter with a spoon and drop gently into the oil. Cook till brown on the outside. Serve hot in a pita pocket slathered with hummus and tzatziki. Stuff the salad next. Enjoy!

Simple Salad
Tomatoes
Cucumber
Onion
Peppers (different colors)
Coriander finely chopped
Lemon juice
Salt
Pepper

Take all vegetables in equal quantities and chop in a small dice. Mix with the lemon, salt and pepper. Ready to serve.
Other recipes to follow...

I am sending this to MLLA # 21 hosted by Manju and here is the host lineup for future events.  

12 comments:

Hari Chandana said...

looks awesome... Thanks for sharing!!

Jagruti said...

Lovely and delicious falafel...tempting!!

Annalisa said...

I LOVE FALAFEL!!!wonderful job you done with them!
I love the presentation, it's perfect!
love it love it love it!
You're really a great cook, I will now go to catch up with latest posts from you :)
Annalisa

mangocheeks said...

I so agree that falafels need to be deep fried, its not the same baking them. I like the fact that you added a bit of chilli, I like that touch.

Priya said...

Slurpppp!!!tempting pita sandwich, makes me hungry...my all time favourite falafel..

Parita said...

Ah now thats a delicious meal! Perfect for weekends!

Rachana Kothari said...

I love falafels and the colourful salad with it looks absolutely yumm:)

Silence Sings said...

Looking for falafal recipes..found here...very nice...following you..:)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Wow, looks yummy and never thought it would be this easy. I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe Cooking Foodie.

FoodLovers said...

lovely meal

Siddhi S said...

i love falafel....urs looks crispy n delicious...yummy recipe

~ Lopa said...

I love falafel, have never tried to make them at home though.
Once, saw falafel mix in super market and thought to try it home, brought it but it's still lying in the cupboard, your recipe inspired me to try it... will do soon :)

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