Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Falafel & Pita Sandwich

I am part of this cooking challenge, "Ssshhhh Cooking secretly" which was started by Priya akka of Priya's versatile recipes. Every month, we are paired with a different blogger and two ingredients are shared secretly between them. You could chose either one or cook with both the ingredients. The final recipes are revealed on 16th - 18th of every month. I was interested in the challenge because this way I could get to know and interact with new bloggers and so I was in. This month I was paired with Janani of Redchillycurry and she gave me two options ~ sweet potato and chickpeas. I immediately knew what I would be picking and what I would make with the same.

Falafel has been in my to-do list for a really long time. To those who don't know what falafel is here is what wiki says "Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, usually served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as lafa; "falafel" also frequently refers to a wrapped sandwich that is prepared in this way". When I was in the Gulf, this was a staple at home and a favorite too. I totally loved recreating those memories at home. I got the pita breads from the store but I will be trying them soon at home and ofcourse sharing it here too...

~*What U Need*~
Chickpeas - 1 cup, soaked overnight
Spring onions - 3
Coriander leaves - 1 handful
Garlic cloves - 2
Green chilli - 1
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste

Pita breads - 5
Sliced onions, cabbage, tomato
Hummus or mayo

How I Made it:
Soak chickpeas overnight. Drain and pat dry. In a blender, add the chickpeas and the rest of ingredients and blend to a coarse paste. Form balls and deep fry in hot oil till evenly brown. Or you could shallow fry with little oil in a paniyaaram pan.

To serve slightly warm the pita breads, stuff with veggies and the falafel, top with hummus or mayo.
Serve warm!!!

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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  1. Love made them beautifully..tempting me early in the morning

  2. oh falafels looks so tempting vimi .I just love them a lot .

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  4. Look deliciuos Vimitha we love falafel!

  5. Falafels came out extremely prefect with paniyaram pan, sandwich is just simply delicious.Fantastic secret ingredients there.

  6. i love pitas a have done it perfectly..

  7. A hearty n healthy meal. My kind of meal!

  8. yummy falafel...I feel tempted looking at the pic...

  9. Falafel looks so great! Loved the idea of using Paniyaaram pan for frying which in turn uses little oil. Will try this for sure.


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