12/07/2013

Spicy Falafel / Chickpeas Fritters

Falafel is a very famous dish of Middle East. It is a traditional Arab food. This dish is popular as a street food around the world. They say it was first made in Egypt. Falafel is wrapped in a burger or eaten alone as a snack. The procedure is similar to Parippu Vada / Chet Ambodo but the only difference is replacing chana dal with chickpeas. 

I got to know about this dish from my mother-in-law and I tried it the very next day out of excitement. I gave a little desi tadka and I must say, it tastes awesome. You too enjoy this snack along with hot tea and experience it's yummy taste.

NOTE :  
  • The traditional falafel recipe doesn't have green chilies and ginger in it. I have added it to make the dish little spicy.
  • Number of green chilies depend on how spicy they are. I am using 5 as mine are not very spicy.
  • Don't add water while grinding.
  • Green Chilies can be replaced by red chilies.
  • If we don't soak chickpeas for enough time, vada might become hard and very crispy.
  • Falafel taste best when they are served hot.
  • Traditional falafel recipe includes use of fresh parsley and flour also. But i am not using it.
  • Coriander leaves can also be added.
Preparation time : 4 Hours

Cooking Time : 5-10 Minutes

Yield : 2-3 servings


Spicy Falafel /  Chickpeas Fritter

Ingredients:

To Be grinded :
Dried Chickpeas1 Cup

Green Chilies5 finely chopped
OilFor frying
Garlic1 inch finely chopped or 2 tbsp paste
Ginger1 inch finely chopped or 2 tbsp paste
Cumin Seeds1 tbsp
Onion1 finely chopped
Saltas needed
Black Pepper1/2 tbsp
Coriander Leaves1 tbsp finely chopped
Wash dried chickpeas and soak with enough water to cover it in a bowl, for about 4 hours. Drain them and make a coarse paste of it in a food processor or mixer. 



Method :

  1. Take a bowl and mix all the above mentioned ingredients along with chickpeas paste to form a dough.
  2. Make equal sized ball out of the dough and flatten the balls a little bit by pressing them in between your palms.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan on a medium heat.
  4. Slowly drop the flattened ball called falafel into the frying pan.
  5. Fry the falafel until both sides are golden brown. Remove the falafel and place over a paper towel.
  6. Serve hot with any accompaniment of your choice or wrap it in between sandwich.

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