Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chole/chickpeas. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, commonly served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as lafa. Falafel also refers to a wrapped sandwich that is prepared in this way. The falafel balls are topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and drizzled with tahini-based sauces. Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of a meze tray (assortment of appetizers).
|Preparation Time:||35 minutes|
|Canned chickpeas||1 can (16 oz)|
|Red onion||1 small|
|Garlic clove||1 clove|
|Fresh chopped parsley||3 tbsp|
|Dhaniya (coriander) powder||1 tsp|
|Jeera (cumin) powder||1 tsp|
|Besan (chickpeas flour)||2 tbsp|
|Tahini Sauce||1 cup|
- Wash canned chickpeas thoroughly and drain well.
- Grind it coarsely. Add chopped parsley, coriander powder, cumin powder, besan, salt, grated garlic and finely chopped onion. Mix well.
- Make small balls and flatten them.
- Fry them at high heat. Drain on paper towel. Falafel are ready.
- Heat pita bread in microwave for about 15 seconds. Cut it in half. Open each half, fill it with two falafel patties, chopped lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Top it with 1 tbsp of tahini sauce. Optionally sprinkle a little chilli sauce.
- Make sure to fry patties in very hot oil otherwise they start spluttering.
- You could also use dry chole instead of canned. Soak them overnight and then boil till soft. Drain and use.