I have never had falafel until I had it in the cream centre restaurant.Cream centre remains our family's favourite and I have almost tried their every item on their menu and that was when I had falafel with pita bread and hummus.yum!!! I could still think how delicious it was !! As a food blogger the next primary concern was to replicate it at home and went through several blogs and got the recipe from here and here.If you make the hummus and the pita bread dough a day ahead then it is very easy to assemble and makes a complete meal.Nothing can beat the taste of fresh falafels prepared at home with pita bread ,hummus and a salad.It serves as a delicious snack and can work wonders with the guests if you are going to host a party.My kiddo loved it just like that and had it like a cutlet.The recipe for pita bread and hummus will be posted shortly.So here goes the falafel recipe !
Preparation time:30 minutes
Boiled chickpeas-2 cups
Finely chopped onion-1 no
Chilli powder-1 tsp
Crushed garlic -4 pods
Chopped fresh coriander leaves or parsley -1/4 cup
Cumin powder-1 tsp
Coriander powder-1 tsp
Freshly ground pepper powder-1 tsp
All purpose flour/Maida-3 tbsp
Salt -to taste
Oil-for deep frying
1.In a bowl add the boiled chickpeas,onion,coriander powder,cumin powder,chilli powder,pepper powder and coriander leaves.
2.Mash the chickpeas well with the powders and make a dough to form patties or falafel.
Add 2 tbsp of all purpose flour to this dough.In a small bowl make a thick paste of 1 tbsp all purpose flour or maida.Make round patties of the falafel dough and dip them in this maida paste and deep fry them in medium flame till they are golden brown .
3.Hot and crispy falafels are ready to be served with pita bread and hummus.It tastes delicious even with a simple tomato ketchup.
*The addition of all purpose flour or maida helps as a binding agent and the
paste helps in keeping the falafel together while frying in oil.
* Make sure the chickpeas is cooked till soft otherwise it will be tough to mash them .