Sunday, November 13, 2016

Posted by Mala at 1:00:00 AM No comments
Falafel is a Meditteranean food, commonly served in pita breads, which act as a pocket and holds the filling kept inside. "Falafel" also means a wrapped sandwich, so, incase if pita bread is not available in India, we can wrap them in a tortilla or whole wheat chapathi and enjoy.
Normally Falafel is a deep fried ball, but here, I made them in a healthier way, just as I made
Mysore bondas.
The recipe is my daughter's, I just made these fritters in a healthy way, that's all. Rest of the work is hers, so, the entire credit for this recipe goes to my daughter.

Soaked and drained Kabuli channa / chickpeas - 4 cups
Onions - 2, finely chopped
Ginger - 2 tsps, finely chopped
Garlic - 8 pods, finely chopped
Chilli powder - 3 tsps
Jeera powder - 2 tsps
Coriander powder - 2 tsps
Garam masala - 2 tsps
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Fresh parsley - 1/2 bunch,  chopped
Fresh lemon juice - 3 tbsps
Salt to taste
All purpose flour - 3 tbsps
Bread crumbs - 3 tbsps
Cooking oil to fry

Recipe Cuisine: Meditteranean/ international; Category: Snacks/ dinner
Prep time: 15 mts; Cooking time: 30 mts

Yields 34 Falafels

Soaked channa, drained

Pulsed to a coarse paste in blender

Chopped onions added

Now, garlic and ginger added

All the spice powders added

Fresh, chopped parsley goes in

Now, lemon juice

Salt to taste, and pepper powder

The whole mixture kneaded well

All purpose flour added

now, bread crumbs

Heat an appe pan, pour 1 tsp oil into each round, and pinch balls of uniform size from the above kneaded dough, and fill in all the rounds. After the bottom becomes golden in colour, flip over

and add 1/2 tsp oil, if needed

When both sides become uniformly golden, gently remove them one by one

and drain on a kitchen towel

Here are the healthy Falafels!!! Enjoy!!

For the Wraps
Pita bread - 12 pieces
Hummus - as required
Chopped cucumbers - as required
Pitted olives - as required
Cherry tomatoes - halved, as needed
Spinach, chopped - as needed
Greek dressing - as required
Sour cream - as needed
Feta cheese - as required

All the veggies, which are going to fill the pita pockets kept ready

Open a pita, place it comfortably in a bowl, and first spread hummus inside the pocket, then,  line with spinach, and then cherry tomatoes, and then olives

Place 3 falafels in the pocket,  now sprinkle the feta cheese, drizzle some greek dressing, and fill in some cucumbers too

Serve this healthy wrap with any chips of your choice.

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* If pita bread is not available, we can use tortillas or whole wheat chapathis.
*Greek dressing is also available in all stores. Otherwise, we can prepare some at home. Add some fresh curd, dill leaves, or coriander or mint, with some grated cucumber and salt. That is it.
*Serve and enjoy with tortilla chips.


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