Funny story about the falafels I made tonight- I'm finding that many of the foreign herbs such as parsley, chives etc. are not as easily available in Thane. I asked my dad to buy some parsley for the falafels. The poor man was sold basil instead of parsley (since he had never seen parsley before). I also bought some mushroom, garlic hummus, which was a first for them to try. As with anything that they enjoy eating, I had to plan for my falafels to be spicy and tangy vs. herb infused, warm, simple flavors of tahini, chickpeas and parsley (remember I don't have any parsley at this point).
So ofcourse as my sister says- improvisation is any cook's best friend. The falafel adventure turned more into a spicy kabab dinner. Instead of the traditional parsley I used cilantro (corriander leaves), green chilies and papa's magic masala was introduced to the falafel mix to increase the heat factor. The pita was replaced by parathas and the salad was a nice tangy, limey and spicy mix of onions, tomatoes and green chilies. I made my own version of tatziki sauce and probably the hummus was the only authentic middle eastern item on my dinner menu.
Ingredients for spicy falafels
Chick Peas (2-3 cups)
1/4 bunch Cilantro
Green chilies- according to taste
A thumb size piece of ginger
6-7 cloves of garlic
2 tspn Powdered Cumin
2 tspn Cilantro powder
red chili powder (according to taste)
1/2 cup flour (acts as a binder)
1 tspn baking soda
Soak the chick peas over night.
Par boil them for 10 minutes- they should be soft but crunchy- (skip this step if you are deep frying them)
Blend the chickpeas in small batches in a blender to a bread crumb consistency.
Mix the blended herb mixture, spices, flour and baking soda in the bred crumb like mixture of the chickpeas.
Now the falafel are ready to serve.
For the tatziki sauce:
Drain yogurt in a strainer for a couple of hours till you are left with a soft cheesy consistency. Add minces garlic, cucumber, salt and pepper ( pssst...I added some green chilies as well.
Decorate the store bought hummus with chick peas and olive oil and some paprika
Now for the finish:
Serve these falafel babies with parathas and fresh salad (onions, tomato, chilies, lime and papa's magic masala)