Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Falafel

Falafels are yummy, fried chickpea patties and when stuffed in a pita bread with some cucumber, tomato, onions and lettuce - it makes for a delightful & tasty sandwich. I had quite a few extra and though they are delicious all by themselves as a snack, I froze the leftovers and heated them up and used them like burger patties - worked great. Though this is a middle-eastern snack it has a lot of the indian spices going in and so really appeals to our palate.

UPDATE: 7/Aug/2012 - Instead of deep frying the patties,  bake at 375F for 20 to 25 minutes, flipping over once in between and then shallow fry with a few tsp of oil on a tawa or shallow pan.

FALAFELS (Chickpea/Channa Patties) - makes 20 1.5 to 2 inch patties


Ingredients:White Channa / Chickpeas (dry) - 1 cup, soaked overnight in plenty of water
Onion - 1 medium
Garlic cloves - 2 to 3
Chilli powder - about a tsp (or to taste)
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Cumin powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup, chopped
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Salt & Black Pepper - to taste
Sesame seeds - 1 to 2 tbsp (optional)
Oil - sufficient to fry the patties

Method:1) Rinse the well-soaked chickpeas. Puree the onion and garlic in a blender and add the soaked chickpeas (in batches, depending on your blender) & puree it all together. It will be a little grainy & pasty (not chunky) for most part. Preferably no water should be added but if you absolutely must, add the bare minimum.

2) Add the masala powders, sesame seeds, coriander leaves , baking powder & salt & pepper to taste to the chickpea paste. Mix well and refrigerate for a while ( a couple of hours if you can).

3) Heat the oil for deep frying and make patties of this mixture and drop in hot oil & fry till golden. Ensure that the flame isn't too high because they will brown without cooking well on the inside. Drain on paper towels and eat by themselves or as a sandwich/burger.

37 comments:

  1. wow...yummy falafels dear! I love them as an evening snack just by themselves :)

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  2. I have a version of this, pan roasted chickpea cutlets in my blog too. We love it.

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  3. Falafels are one of my favorites, but it's been a while since I have made them. I used to make a baked version that I really enjoy.

    Your post has me craving these delightful treats! I think I must make some soon.

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  4. Lovely and delicious falafels! Love to have both as a snack and sandwiched between pita bread.

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  5. I love falafels...They look so yummy..Pass me some i will fill my pita pockets..

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  6. Falafels are just so delicious! Awesome recipe! :)

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  7. Looks delicious...love falafels.

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  8. wow, lovely color! looks soooo tempting Laavanya!! Yum!

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  9. Looks absolutely delish!!Yummmy Yummyyyyyy....

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  10. patties look yumm...nice recipe..

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  11. Lovely! Haven't had falafel in a while, now I am craving for some middle-eastern food. :)

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  12. I love .. been a while since I had them

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  13. I love falafel..perfect snack:)

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  14. Wow,sounds gud,i hav never tried this before!

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  15. Falafels are my fav, but yet to post...quite long i have prepared this falafel, urs makes me hungry...

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  16. Laavanya, That is a delicious Falafel. having had them all over the Middle East, I chose to not deep fry but work it more cutlet like on a non-stick tawa.turns out equally well.

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  17. hve heard lotz about them still to try,..:-)

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  18. I love falafel when we wer ein egypt w ehad them every day from the street side shops and they were so good. I totally agree it is like our indiansnacks with the spices in them.
    Looks so yummy.

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  19. oh wow..i've heard abt this.but dont have any idea abt this..urs is looking gud..have bookmarked it:)

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  20. This dish is new to me..never tried patties with chick peas,sounds delish...........

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  21. Felafel's an absolute hit in our home too-- what's not to love in fried chickpeas? Yours look delicious. Great color.

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  22. I have a baked version of this treat on my site too! Looks perfect!

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  23. Oh wow thats fav .. drooling and really tempting

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  24. hi lavanya,
    bright Falafels :) I love both fried and baked versions.nice post dear

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  25. I love it with pita and hummus,Yummy!

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  26. Yummyyyy is the word...u have tempted me ;) pbly tmrw i ll make this one ;)

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  27. wow nice snack . i once made it,the pan roasted version.colur looks very much tempting.

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  28. Nice desi version of the falafel. :)

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  29. i love love love falafal. Actually i have been wanting to go to Tiam after seeing it featured in the Throwdown with Bobby Flay....i am yet to make them at home tho....

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  30. I love these falafels.. Yummy! My favourite too!

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  31. They are my fav..looks great Lavs..:)

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  32. First time here.Falafels look yummy.Nice recipe.

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  33. I really have to try making falafel because I really like chickpeas.

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  34. Thank you all for your comments and I apologize for not being able to answer individually. I have tried the pan-roasted and baked versions but decided to indulge in the deep-fried version this time :)

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  35. I love falafel. didnt know it was so easy to make...

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