Saturday, October 25, 2008
Falafel is a fried ball or patty made from spiced fava beans and/or chickpeas. It is a popular form of fast food in the Arab World.Falafel is usually served in pita bread, either inside the pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flat pita. In many countries falafel is a popular street food or fast food.
I had eaten Falafel in Netherlands and felt in love with it. The balls are filled with herbs and chickpeas and gives a unique flavor to the fried balls. This recipe is very healthy as I have baked the falafel balls and served them with whole wheat pita bread and the sauce is made of non fat yogurt mixed with mint and coriander chutney.
To make Falafel balls
1 1/2 cup chick peas (soaked in water overnight or a min of 4 hrs)
1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
1 medium sized onion chopped
4-6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp wole wheat flour
1 tsp green chili paste (adjust according to taste)
Olive oil to brush the falalfel balls
4 Whole wheat Pita bread
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 cup lettuce leaves chopped
1 cup non fat yogurt mixed with 2 spoons of mint and coriander chutney
1 cup mint and coriander chutney
In a mixer or food processor add all the ingredients to make the falafel balls. Pulse or grind the mixture well so that the chick peas are minced into a crumbly paste and all the ingredients are mixed well with each other. Transfer the mixture to a clean bowl and make small golf size balls of the chick pea mixture and line them on a pre greased baking sheet. Make the remaining balls and place on the baking sheet. Once done, brush the balls with olive oil and bake them for 20 mins in a 375 degree F oven till they are golden brown in color.
To serve warm the pita bread and cut open the top of the pita bread and place 4-5 baked falafel ball in the pita bread. Place the yogurt dip, chuntey, onions and lettuce on a serving tray along side the falafel and serve. Each individual can make their own dressing by adding the serving ingredients as necessary.