Falafel with Hummus dip - Valentine special..

by - February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine Wishes my friends, Hope you all having a fun blasting day.
This is my 6th day in blogging marathon with  APPETIZER theme, so I decided to make delicious & crispy Falafel with Hummus dip from Mediterranean Kitchen. It is a fried balls or bean patties.
                  Try this in your kitchen & you can admire a new taste & flavor... Sure it will be a counterbalance for our regular masala vadai..


For Falafel:

White Chana /  Garbanzo beans - 1 cup
Onion - 1(chopped)
Cilantro - 1/2 cup(minced)
Mint leaves - 1/2 cup(minced)
Green chili - 2 or to taste
Garlic pods - 5 (minced)
Red chili powder - 1 tsp or to taste
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp or to taste
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
Bread crumbs - 1/2 cup
Sesame seeds - 2tbsp
Salt - to taste

Add these ingredients 15 minutes before frying
  • Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
  • Baking powder -  1/4 tsp
  • All purpose flour - 2tbsp

For Hummus :

Yogurt -1/4 cup
Cooked Garbanzo beans / White Channa - 1 cup
Tahini Sauce - 2 tbsp
Lemon juice - 1/4 cup
Garlic - 3 pods
Red chili power - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Olive Oil - 2 tbsp( I used normal cooking oil )
Water - As required
Mint & cilantro leave- garnishing

For Tahini sauce
    White sesame seeds - 11/2tsp
    Water - 2tbsp
    Lemon juice - 1 lemon or to taste
    Garlic - 4 pods
    Red chili powder - 1/4 tsp or to taste
    Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp or to taste
    Salt  - to taste


      For making Falafel:

      • Soak Channa overnight & drain the water. Blend the bean in food processor until it turn to bread crumb consistency & transfer to serving bowl.
      • Grind Onion, garlic, mint & leaves, Green chili in to fine paste and add to the bean crumbs.
      • Add Red chili powder, Coriander powder,Cumin powder, Black pepper, Bread crumbs & salt and mix well. Adjust salt to taste.
      • Let it rest for 10 minutes.
      • Stir in baking powder, baking soda & flour to bean mixture and let it sit for another 15 minutes.
      • Heat oil in a frying pan in medium heat. Once oil get heated, low the heat & drop falafel balls into oil. ( You can shape Falafel, by using falafel mold or in hand as we do for masala vadai.)
      • Continuously turn the falafel  & Fry till it turns to golden brown color.
      • Serve with Hummus dip.

      For  Making Tahini Sauce:

      • Grind sesame seeds with water to paste & then add rest of the ingredients & grind it again for a minute. Keep it ready for Hummus.

      For making Hummus:

      • Mix all ingredient except mint & cilantro and blend it to a smooth paste. Adjust water to desired thicknes.
      • Adjust salt to taste, Garnish with mint & cilantro. 

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        1. Superb finish to the 7 day marathon and a lovely VZalentine's treat - Huge fan of lebanese cuisine - they like Indians have a multitude of vegetarian options :)

        2. What a wonderful treat for a perfect day!
          Happy V day to you n your loved ones :)

        3. Happy V day to u dear! A wonderful treat...pics are awesome!

        4. perfect combination! looks positively yummy..the presentation is fab too :)

          Happy V day to you n your loved ones :)

          US Masala

        5. Perfect shape for V day. Liked the spices you have put in falafel. Wonderful treat your your loved ones
          Very beautiful clicks

          Hamaree Rasoi

        6. Wow looks so delicious ....wonderful treat

        7. Perfect heart shape delight for vday, looks great and crispy.

          Drop by sometime.


        8. i always wondered how falafel was made.. now here is a beautiful pictorial.. thanks.. looks yumm


        9. gr8 falafal clicks and designe is superb

        10. just saw in usha's blog and now you mak eme drool..yumm

        11. Those heart shaped falafel looks extremely inviting, my fav dip..Happy V day..

        12. Superb combination... my all time favourite.... lovely..

        13. Happy Valentines day to u....i will prepare this soon......

        14. The first click is awesome.Looks yum

        15. Thank you for the nice recipe.

        16. Looks so delicious,perfect treat,love it.

        17. Wonderful presentation

          Lovely recipe

        18. Wow thats nice golden brown color and crisp looking falafel.Nicely presented

        19. Your recipe looks more authentic than mine. I skipped baking powder, baking soda, bread crumbs and sesame seeds.

        20. That looks fabulous!..lovely presentation..

        21. Love the cute falafels. Beautiful photographs too!!


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