Today's starter is falafel, a famous street food from the middle east. Falafel are chickpeas and/or fava beans fritters which are served in a pita bread, with a salad or served as it is as a snack. I made these for the first time and Srivalli was my inspiration for this preparation. For the past 3-4 days she has been posting chaat recipes for her Kids Delight - Street Food event and I thought I ought to send something for her event. One of the items on my list for the marathon is moong dal vada or garelu. I thought, why not change the legume and try falafel instead. This is how I made them. I don't claim this to be an authentic recipe and used the ingredients that were available in my kitchen.
- 1 cup Dry Garbanzo (I used rice cooker measuring cup)
- ¾ cup Dry Fava Beans (I substituted it with Lima Beans & used rice cooker measuring cup)
- 1 small Onion
- 6 Green Chilies
- 3 Cloves Garlic
- ½ tsp. Jeera
- 1 ½ tsp. Coriander Powder
- ¼ cup water (rice cooker measuring cup)
- 1 ¼ tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. Chili Powder
- 2 teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste
- Soak dry garbanzo beans and lima beans separately. Soak them overnight or at least 12 hours.
- Skin the lima beans using your fingers. Press the lima beans between your fingers and the skin will come off.
- Take onions, green chilies, garlic, cilantro, jeera, coriander powder and salt in food processor container and pulse it into coarse paste.
- Add garbanzo beans and pulse it for few seconds until it is a coarse paste. Need not add any water to the beans when processing. Transfer it to bowl.
- My processor bowl is not big enough to process both the beans together so had to do it in two batches. Now take the lima beans and pulse it until smooth adding ¼ cup of water.
- Mix both the beans, ginger garlic paste and chili powder together and taste it. Add more spices if needed.
- Heat oil in a pan. When hot, make patties on a ziploc bag, dro p them carefully into oil and deep fry them on medium heat until brown. I made them in 5-7 batches.
- Another way of making these patties with using your hands is with 2 tablespoons. Take some mixture in a spoon and press it with another spoon to make a nice shape. These patties will look like madeleines. Take the spoon that has the batter in your left hand and the second spoon in your right hand and slow drop the pattie into the oil by pulling it down into the oil with second spoon in your right hand.
- Serve these hot as it is or with some salad.
Street Food: PJ
British Cuisine: Padma