|Home-made Falafel are delicious!|
I will start with everyone's favourite Falafel
In the Middle East, Falafel is usually served alongside Hummus, Fool (broad beans mash), Fatet Hummus (A preparation of Hummous with a bed of bread underneath), Taratoor (a tahina sauce served with falafel, recipe below), or can be served as a sandwiches: with a tahina salad, pickles, tarator and sometimes hummus together with fresh mint leaves all wrapped in pita bread.
Falafel is essentially a breakfast item, but can also be had any time of the day.
|Friday Mornings in Amman|
will have you standing in long lines
waiting for your falafel
|Brown broad Beans (Fool)|
1 cup dried brown broad beans (fool), soaked in water for 24 hours
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 green chili, finely chopped (optional)
1 medium green capsicum, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp dried coriander powder
2 tsp DK Falafel Spice Mix
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda (optional)
|Special tools are used to shape |
Place all in a food processor and process till fine and smooth. After processing, add cumin and coriander powder and 1 tsp DK Falafel Spice Mix, B.powder and B.soda; mix all to combine. Add 2 tbsp water (just enough to help the mixture bind together. Do not go overboard with the water)
At this point, you can either shape the falafel rounds by hand to the desired size, or you can use a special tool that has a cavity, which you fill with falafel mix and scrape off the excess. The shape is usually round, but you can make it a little flattened or into the shape of small sausages for variation. I personally prefer the classic round shape.
|deep fry in hot oil till browned|
|Mini Falafel Wraps|
Picture from BBC Good Food
Falafel is an excellent option for cocktail parties too! You can make them small and serve them on sticks with a taratoor sauce as dip. or I love this option from BBC GOOD FOOD, where they are served as mini sandwiches (wrapped in mini pita triangles).
For Taratoor Dip
1/2 cup Tahina (sesame paste)
1 cup water
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 clove garlic, finely minced
fresh mint Shiffonade for garnish
mix all except mint shiffonade very well till combined and smooth. It should be of ribbon consistency. Serve alongside Falafel.
Taratoor is also traditionally served alongside fried fish platters.
Hope you have enjoyed this post, and that you will give this recipe a try. It is a very good recipe and you don't have to have Falafel only from restaurants, you can make it @ home :)
Do let me know what you think of this recipe and if you usually make Falafel @home. So leave me a message before you go, I do love to hear from you...
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