Friday

Falafels.

Has there been any dish you have put off making, thinking the process to be too cumbersome? And when you finally decided to make it..you cannot stop kicking your hiney for not making it for so many years and wasting precious eating hours ;)...I have. The first time i baked bread..i realised how simple it was...i vowed then and there i would never put off trying to make anything new. Yes, i am quite dramatic....i usually have visions of doing push-ups and reverse crunches when i hear pumping music and being totally jiggle free..oops...too much personal info.

Anyway, coming back to the post... I have always loved falafels, when i was in Mi...i would often get carry-out from Lashish, which was a middle eastern restaurant, just a 5 mts drive from home and embarrassingly enough the take out guy reserved a huge smile for me, coz i was a regular customer ;). Now there is a falafel place near my home here in NY, but nowhere close to what i was getting there...and when i saw this delicious post from one of the sweetest blogger i know... i had give in.

I did take in a lot of inspiration from her, in the sense i made it to suit my Indian palette and use the spices i had in hand rather than shop for things, which usually is the way i go about. I urge all of you to try the dish you have been putting off making lazy excuses, coz you will be amazed on how little work there is actually involved. My next mission is to make home-made ice-cream...perhaps next summer :D


Ingredients:

Chickpeas - ? cups (soak 2 cups of dry chickpeas overnight)
Onions - 1 large,sliced
Garlic - 3 to 4 pods, crushed
Green Chillies - 1 or 2
Chana masala - 1 tbls
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp.
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp.
Salt to taste
Cilantro - 1 small bunch, chopped
Oil - to deep fry.

Method:

1. In a pan, add 1 tbls of oil, then add the jeera, onions and garlic and cook till softened.

2. Drain the chickpeas and wash well and keep aside.

3. Add the sauteed onion-garlic mixture to the above drained chickpeas and pulse in ur food processor or blender till it is all well combined. Do not add too much of water, 1 or 2 tbls will help if you are using a blender. I have Kitchen Aid and i was able to make it to a rough paste - used the pulse function.

4. Now put the above in a bowl, then add salt, red chilly powder, chana masala and cilantro and combine well.

5. Now refrigerate the above mixture for 3-4 hours, to let the flavors combine well.

To fry the falafels:

1. Take the mixture out of the refrigertor about half an hour before.

2. Heat the oil, but make sure the oil does not smoke.

3. Make small falafel balls, and deep fry this in medium flame.

Note: Do make the falafel balls small, resist to make them big, trust me the small ones fry evenly and taste better. Also, fry them in medium flame, this ensures the inside gets cooked well.

These taste great straight-up. We had our's with yogurt dip.

22 comments:

Vani said...

Crispy, yum looking falafels there :)

Pavithra said...

Wow falafel I love it.. looks so crispy and yummy dear..

Cynthia said...

Has there been any dish you have put off making, thinking the process to be too cumbersome? And when you finally decided to make it..you cannot stop kicking your hiney for not making it for so many years and wasting precious eating hours ;)...I have. - there are soooo many dishes that I have made to which this statement is applicable! :) Your falafels look perfect and it is one of those things that I have been meaning to try for ages. Now I am even more encouraged. Bookmarked!

sangi said...

It's my fav. too Rajitha...lkd ur
version...will def. try it out...

Parita said...

Falafels looks mouth watering! i havent made these yet, should def try one of these days!

Laavanya said...

The fried onions must make quite a bit of difference - they look picture perfect and the yogurt dip sounds fabulous.

Raaga said...

which do you miss more? the falafels or the take out guy's smile? ;-)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Thats a nice recipe,never tasted before..Drooling over here:)

Suma Rajesh said...

woo looks soo cute and tempting..

Nags said...

i recently made spiral cookies, same as you, found out its not as bad as i expected, though it wasn't a complete success..

Bong Mom said...

No not Six Flags. I have never gone on those rides, am your hubby's soul sis in that respect.
The safari at six flags has been done umpteen times

This was at hersheys

Falafel looks super yumm

Madhavi said...

Oh this falafal looks delish, yuumyyy photo too!!!

*sangi* said...

where r u dear?

Usha said...

Wow these falafels look really beautiful and tempting, one of my favorites....

Priti said...

Looks awesome and so your paneer kolhPuei..where r u dear?

Jyoti said...

Falafels look so crisp and yummy! Please pick up your awards and tag from my blog!

Bong Mom said...

Where are you ? Happy Diwali dear

Smeagol said...

Hi Ranjitha,
This is the first time I am commenting on your blog. Your recipes are great! Thanks a lot.

Also, do you have an email id, that I could contact you on? Just wanted your permission to place a link to your recipie on my blog.

Thanks,
Fazela

haha said...

Nice BLOG.................................................

ARUNA said...

awesome falafels, they look great!!

Subhie Arun said...

hi ..frst time to ur blog..u hv nice collection..will keep visiting....falafels looks great n yummy

Padhu said...

First time here .Falafels look great!
Do drop by http://padhuskitchen.blogspot.com/
when time permits