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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Falafel | Fried Chick Pea Balls | Middle Eastern Recipe

Falafel is a Middle Eastern food served in pita bread which serves as a pocket or wrapped in a lafa bread.Falafels are deep fried ball or patty from ground(soaked)chickpeas.These balls can be topped over salads,pickled vegetables,or hummus.They can also be eaten as a snack just like that.Falafel has gained popularity among vegetarians and vegans as an alternative meat laden street foods.Falafel can be baked or can be made in a paniyaram pan for a low fat version.Parsley adds a unique flavor to falafels but you can always replace with mint leaves.Those of you are familiar with masala vada(parippu vada),it tastes similar to that too and can shape just like vadas too.Falafel is rich in protein and so kids will have a filling snack.Hope you give this a try !!

Also,check out- Hummus and Tahini (from this space).



Preparation time~6 hours(soaking) + 20 minutes
Cooking time~ 20 minutes
Recipe source ~Tori Avey & youtube
Serves ~22-24 falafels
Ingredients
chick peas,soaked 3.5 cups
parsley  handful
cilantro handful
green chillies 2-3
cumin 1 tsp
crushed coriander seeds 1 tsp
garlic 3 cloves
baking soda a good pinch(optional)
flour  1 tbsp(I didn't use)
salt to taste
pepper powder to taste
oil for deep fry



Method
  • Soak chick peas for 5-6 hours or overnight.Then,add the soaked chickpeas to blender.Grind /pulse until nicely ground.Transfer the mixture to a bowl and reserve 2tbsp of ground chickpeas in blender.
  • To the blender,add the green chillies,parsley,coriander leaves,garlic cloves along with reserved ground chickpeas.Blend until well combined(don't add any water).Transfer to the same bowl.

  • To this,add cumin powder,crushed coriander seeds,pepper powder,salt and flour if using.Add baking soda and give a quick mix.If the mixture is well ground,the falafel comes out soft,so there is no need to add baking soda but you can always add a good pinch if you wish.
  • Make small gooseberry size balls or make small patties(I made both shapes) and keep on a plate.Heat oil in a pan and slide the balls in oil(don't over crowd the wok).Fry by flipping all sides until lightly browned on medium flame.
  • Drain on a paper towel,repeat the next batch.Serve hot.

NOTES
* I have seen people using boiled chick peas too but I haven't tried that version yet.
* Adding baking soda is optional,if you add more the falafels will break open when in oil.
* You can replace parsley with mint leaves if you wish.


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Hope you like the recipe,enjoy !!



19 comments:

Veena Theagarajan said... Best Blogger Tips

Healthy and tasty snack.. I like sandwich / wrap / Salad etc...with it too..

Babitha costa said... Best Blogger Tips

protein rich balls apt for growing kids

Moumita Malla said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely tea time snacks also....

Subha Rajesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved the falafel and nice clicks dear..

PIYALI SEKHAR MUTHA /My Tryst With Food And Travel said... Best Blogger Tips

Having lived in Dubai for so many years, Falefal is a way of life as it is something which we have at the drop of a hat. Off course falafel is no longer confined to the Middle East and has travelled far and wide through talented Food Bloggers like you. Perfect looking Falefals with beautiful clicks. Loved your idea of the healthier baked and paaniyaaram pan versions.

Amrita Roy said... Best Blogger Tips

protein packed snacks

Shobha said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy falafel .. love them with pita and hummus.

Anupa Joseph (Palaharam) said... Best Blogger Tips

wow...fried goodness...love to munch it with chai

Shabbu said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy and healthy snack..

Maha Gadde said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy yummy and tasty too.love to try.

Shibi Thomas said... Best Blogger Tips

Falafel looks perfect! They go well with our tea just like vada.

Swathi Iyer said... Best Blogger Tips

Falafel adipoli julie I like them very much

Linsy Patel said... Best Blogger Tips

i can eat this every day , loved it.

nishkitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a delicious and nutritious snack! I love these little bites. :)

Marisa G said... Best Blogger Tips

Love your falafel. A great mixture of flavors. Have a very nice day.

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

amazing falafels! these are definitely best as a filler for sandwich... looks really well done and awesome clicks as usual...

Jasna Varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

I love good falafel; yours look perfect!

Sona S said... Best Blogger Tips

I love falafels and these look delicious.

Meena Kumar said... Best Blogger Tips

I made a baked version recently still in drafts but nothing beats the fried and crisp ones I should say.