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Falafel

Swatym's picture
Falafel,I always thought were Indian snacks but a food buddy told me that Falafel are from Middle East.She tells me,Falafel are fried balls or patties.I remember my mom making Falafel all the time at home & she made Falafel quite an Indian way with lots of chopped coriander,a bit of besan.My recollection of Falafel has been what my mom made always.Though now I know the origin of Falafel.
Ingredients
  Chickpeas 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Bay leaf 3
  Onion 1 Large, chopped
  Garlic 2 Tablespoon
  Parlsey 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Coriander 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Cumin powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Coriander powder 2 Teaspoon
  Chili powder To Taste
  Salt To Taste
Directions

• Wash and soak chickpeas overnight
• Boil half of the chick peas with bay leaf and salt
• Cool and mash with the other soaked half
• Add chopped onion,garlic,parsley
• Add parsley and coriander stalks
• Add cumin pd.coriander pd.chilli pd.salt
• Add lemon juice

Mix al the ingredients well,make small balls out of it & deep fry it till golden brown.
Serve hot with mint chutney.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Mediterranean
Course: 
Snack
Taste: 
Savory
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Vegetable
Interest: 
Everyday, Kids
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
1

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7 Comments

Snigdha's picture
Falafel is not an Indian snack but it is Middle-eastern. Wikipedia says: Falafel (Arabic: فلافل falaafil (help·info), Hebrew: פָלָאפֶל‎; also known in Egypt and Sudan as ta'meya, Arabic طعمية), is a fried ball or patty made from spiced fava beans and/or chickpeas. It is a popular form of fast food in the Middle East, where it is also served as a mezze (snack or tapas). The word "falafel" is the plural of the Arabic word فلفل (filfil), meaning pepper.[1] Variant spellings in English include felafel and filafil. Falafel is usually served as a sandwich wrapped in pita bread, and outside the Middle East, the term "falafel" commonly refers to this sandwich—falafel in a pita is typical street food or fast food. Along with the falafel balls, which may be crushed onto the bread or added whole, topping variations are usually included. Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of a mezze. During Ramadan they are sometimes eaten as part of an iftar, the meal which breaks the daily fast after sunset. Falafel has been part of the diet of Mizrahi Jews for centuries and is a staple of the Israeli diet. It has become the national dish of Israel.[2] Falafel is now seen as a uniting, pan-Middle-Eastern dish. In recent years, immigration from the Middle East to Western countries has brought with it a broader availability of Middle Eastern cuisine, and the falafel sandwich has become a popular and iconic food within alternative fast food or slow food movements, and indeed has spread worldwide. They are also used as a vegan alternative filler to a Döner kebab in many countries. For more info on Falafel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falafel
Snigdha's picture
I remember savoring this amazing snack in the Middle-East where I lived during most part of my childhood.
Swatym's picture
Thanks!I always thought it was one of our street food snack.
shantihhh's picture
Snigdha Great information! Love falafel and I often maske them and spray them with olive oil and bake for a healthier choice and less mess and they taste awesome! Falafel is Middle Eastern for sure, and popular in France and the US big time. Shanti/Mary-Anne
alok's picture
Thanks for posting this beautiful falafel recipe and picture Swaty. Falafel is my favorite Mediterranean food. The best falafel I had was at this Mediterranean restaurant in Bellevue, Washington state. Rumor mill told me that Bill Gates visits that restaurant quite often. The prices are rather modest. I guess Bill developed taste for that restaurant while he was a billionaire flying economy class.
aditis's picture
Thanks for that piece of info!!
khau.khan's picture
the best falafel by far is sold at Muhammed Falafel on 7th Street and Av B Try his lamb gyro too. Bon Appetite!