While my roots are from India, I was brought up in the United Arab Emirates. That’s precisely the reason I have a special connect with the Arabic Cuisine. From the Arabic cuisine, Falafel has been my all time favorite. They are deep-fried balls or patty made from ground chickpeas and some added ingredients. They are usually enjoyed with khubus or
pita breads and served with pickled vegetables, hot sauce, tahini sauce or humus.
It is very commonly found on the streets of Middle Eastern regions. In fact, Israel declared Falafel to be its national dish! Its fame is not just restricted to Arab countries only but it has captured western markets too. On my trip to Egypt, I discovered that almost every restaurant and café had a class of foodies taking joy in these fried fritters in conjunction with black coffee, kahwa or sheeshas. These fritters are very eminent to the Egyptian culture. It is light& healthy and goes with any hot or cold beverage. I totally enjoyed having these authentic fried chickpeas balls in one of the similar food joint.
So today, let us cook it in my style and that too with just a handful of ingredients! I am sure you will love it.
– 1 cup of boiled chickpeas (with pinch of salt)
– Salt to taste
– ¼ teaspoon of baking powder
– ½ teaspoon of grounded black pepper
– 1 medium size onion
– 2 small green chilies
– 2 tablespoon of fresh chopped coriander
– 2 tablespoon of gram flour
– Roasted cumin seeds (coarsely grounded)
– 3 cloves of garlic
– Vegetable Oil to fry
– Tahini sauce
– Pita bread
– In a deep bowl take boiled chick peas mashed nicely with a spoon add salt, baking powder, grounded black pepper, chopped onion, chopped green chilies, fresh coriander and finely grated garlic. Mix all the ingredients nicely.
– Place a skillet on fire and add gram flour and 2 pinch of salt, let it roast on simmer until the flour turns a bit dark yellow. Do not overcook else it will burn.
– Add the gram flour along with the roasted cumin seeds to the mix and mix it again nicely.
– Make small flat balls out of this mixture.
– Take a deep-frying pan, and pour oil to it (about 2 inches) allow it to boil. When the oil is ready to fry add these balls and fry it until it turns golden brown.
– Remove it on tissues, so that the excess oil goes off.
– Place them on a plate and sprinkle some fresh coriander over it. Relish it along with tahini sauce and pita bread.