Monday, February 14, 2011

Falafel with Hummus dip - Valentine special..

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. 

        Check out my fellow bloggers for their delicious recipe.


        Now Serving said...

        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 :)

        divya said...

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

        Premalatha Aravindhan said...

        Happy V day to u dear! A wonderful are awesome!

        aipi said...

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

        Happy V day to you n your loved ones :)

        US Masala

        Krithi's Kitchen said...

        Love the falafels!

        Hamaree Rasoi said...

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

        Hamaree Rasoi

        Priti said...

        Wow looks so delicious ....wonderful treat

        Pari said...

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

        Drop by sometime.


        Rachu said...

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

        Padhu said...


        Santosh Bangar said...

        gr8 falafal clicks and designe is superb

        sowmya's creative saga said...

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

        Priya said...

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

        Reva said...

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

        SheenaBabu said...

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

        Harini said...

        awesome presentation!

        PJ said...

        The first click is awesome.Looks yum

        Chitra said...

        Thank you for the nice recipe.

        Suja Sugathan said...

        Looks so delicious,perfect treat,love it.

        Minu said...

        Wonderful presentation

        Lovely recipe

        rekhas kitchen said...

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

        Usha said...

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

        Srivalli said...

        That looks fabulous!..lovely presentation..

        Mina Joshi said...

        Love the cute falafels. Beautiful photographs too!!