Thursday, June 23, 2011

Falafel


BM # 6  Day 1 
First day of the BM # 6..how I had been looking forward to this marathon n wonder how I missed the announcement..Valli had to squeeze me in at the last minute..thanks dear.

There is something special about having picnics and eating outdoors, traveling some distance with your packed picnic baskets and hampers to eat your lunch beside a babbling stream or in a park under a large shady tree.

Of course the beach is always a favourite spot for some, however the food that we choose to take along is important..you dont want messy stuff.something delicious and easy to bite on.I prefer individual packings ,saves the hassel of  serving.Since I have picked up Picnic Food  as my theme for this Marathon,I  will try to give you recipes which are ideal for picnics.Oh yes...you  ofcourse  need to carry juices  or drinks and knick knacks to munch on...and some fruits which are always welcome.
 Coming to today’s recipe Falafel ,Lebanese cuisine...this is a pocket sandwich ,where 
the pocket is stuffed with some sauces ,salad and a chick pea patty.

PATTY
½ cup.........chick peas
¼  cup .......chopped onions
1 tbsp........ chopped garlic
2 tbsp........ finely chopped parsley
½ tsp .........cumin seed  powder
1 tbsp........ finely chopped mint leaves
1 tbsp........ finely chopped coriander
Salt to taste
Oil for deep-frying

FOR THE DRESSING
1/3 cup...... fresh curds,whisked
2 cloves... garlic,chopped
¼ cup....... chopped spring onions (including greens)
A pinch of sugar
Salt to taste

OTHER INGREDIENTS
6............ pita breads
¼ cup... thinly sliced onion
1 cup.... shredded lettuce / cabbage
¼ cup... grated carrot  & sliced capsicum

`FOR THE PATTIES
Soak the kabuli chana in water overnight. Clean, wash and drain.
Blend in a mixer to a coarse paste.
Add all the remaining ingrediants and mix well.
Heat the oil in a kadhai and deep-fry the patty till  gloden brown. Drain on 
absorbent paper.
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FOR THE DRESSING
Blend all the ingrediants in a mixer to a smooth sauce. Keep aside.

HOW  TO PROCEED
Cut each pita bread into two .(mine was a pita bun so i scooped the bun from inside)
.Spread a layer of hummus , add in some salad, patties and a spoon full of dressing  
on top. 
(this dressing can be added at the time of serving to avoid moist patties)

HUMMUS
1 cup.......... kabuli channa
Salt to taste
1 tbsp......... chopped garlic
2 tbsp......... lemon juice
2 tsp........... tahini paste.
¼ cup......... fresh curd
2 tbsp .........olive oil
½ tbsp........ chopped parsley, ¼ 1sp chilly powder and 2 1sp olive oil for garnish.

FOR THE TAHINI PASTE
2 tbsp........ sesame seeds
2 tbsp......... lemon juice
2 tbsp......... olive oil
½ tbsp......... finely chopped garlic
Salt to taste
Roast the sesame seed on the tawa(griddle) for a few seconds
Cool,add all the remaning ingredients and blend in a mixer to a smooth paste.


You could wrap these individually  in a paper napkin and then slide them in a sandwich bag..pull up the ends n tie it with a band.Place these in boxes.Dont forget to carry the sauce in a squeezy bottle.

posting these to Valli's Sandwich Mela

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20 comments:

  1. Yummy and healthy :)) love it

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  2. interesting blend of flavors !!

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  3. Love the way you packed the falafel for the picnic. Yummy falafel

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  4. Tempting Healthy food. Nice clear write up its just like reading a page from cookbook.

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  5. Your falafel is tempting me too much..slurp !
    Hey,your version looks interesting.will try soon.Cheers on Marathon !

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  6. Never say no to falafel, my fav anytime..love the way you packed them..

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  7. Perfect picnic food. Loved your sandwich bag.

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  8. I just could not resist to bookmark this one! :)

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  9. Yum dear, love the whole thing, I can eat it in a blink :)

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  10. Absolutely agree with you that irrespective of the place you go to, the food you take along is of utmost importance. The falafels looks delicious.

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  11. This looks delicious. I too posted a pita-falafel sandwich today!

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  12. Falafel sandwich looks absolutely delicious. Looking forward to your picnic recipes.

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  13. Picnics are always fun no matter where it is . Loved the falafel.Looks delicious.

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  14. That sounds very filling perfect for picnic..

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  15. Looks fantastic..what a wonderful theme you choose, I appreciate your meticulous planning..:)

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