Friday, May 25, 2012

Falafel/Crispy Spiced Chickpea Balls


I m Living in UAE for the past 8 years, though i have tasted Middle-Eastern Food outside, but never tried them @ home. This is the first time, i made Falafel @ home. No big reason for not making all these days, since we tried it @ home, it will be a definite snack here onward.


A Little info (courtesy : Wiki) about these Cute little, power-packed Snack!!! Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is usually served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread.  Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack.
Generally accepted to have first been made in Egypt, falafel has become a dish eaten throughout the Middle East. The Copts of Egypt claim to have first made the dish as a replacement for meat during Lent. The fritters are now found around the world as a replacement for meat and as a form of street food.

Ingredients
1 Cup Chickpeas
4 green chilies
3 cloves of garlic
a small piece of ginger
1 tsp of All purpose flour
 a handful of Coriander Leaves
Oil for Deep Frying
Salt to taste

Method
  • Soak Chickpeas in Water for 8 hours or Overnight.
  • Drain the Excess water and towel dry the chickpeas. There should be no Moisture.
  • Take the Chickpeas with rest of the ingredients except oil in a mixer. Grind it smooth without adding water.
  • Transfer the contents to a bowl. knead and shape them into Marble-sized Balls.
  • Heat Oil in  a Pan, Deep fry the Balls in Batches. Keep the flame in medium and fry, or else you end up with browned outside and uncooked inside falafels.
  • Serve them Hot as such with Tomato Sauce . My kiddo munched it as such without any accompaniment.
  • We enjoyed it as a sandwich, with some Peanut Chutney and Tomato Sauce and some Cucumber with toasted Sunflower Seed Bread.

25 comments:

  1. Delicious falafel :) Looks so good. Wish someone could make one for me right now :)

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  2. Yummy snack.. I posted this recently too.

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  3. Not only kids all will love it

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  4. good one.. kids loves it..Am your new follower do visit mine if you have time to spare:)

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  5. This is something that I love to make. Like your idea of making a sandwich with it.

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  6. nice , liked the idea of putting it between the bread

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  7. falafel is looking really yummy and perfect snack

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  8. Feel like munching some crispy falafels rite now,my fav anytime.

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  9. What a delicious feast, I would love to have this priya..

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  10. Yummy n Healthy snack...looks too good!!
    Spicy Treats

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  11. perfect fallafel...came out perfect!

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  12. when I was young living in Middle east....we used to go to this shop just to get hot hot vadas...little that we know that was falafel...years later now still I love my 'vadas' and i make it at home too!...yummy one!

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  13. Love to have these crunchy falafel inside a pita bread .....nicely done.

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  14. Perfect and crispy looking falafel and great idea of using them in bread.

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  15. Yummy falafel, pics looks tempting...

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  16. Lovely! Who doesn't love falafel..

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  17. Priya i love these cute beauties..and make them very often...gorgeous!!

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  18. Falafel are one of my favorite snack/ dish. Yours look crispy and delicious.

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  19. Hi Priya,

    Made the falafels for snack and they were absolutely delicious!!!! My kids just loved them, this will be a regular in my house now on.

    Regards,
    Viji

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