These fried vegetarian patties can be served in salads or pita sandwiches.
Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, commonly served in a pita, which acts as a pocket. Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of assortment of appetizers. I first tasted last week in a Mediterranean Restaurants. The Falafel was served along with Pita pockets. It was so delicious and then one of my friend explained the ingredients and immediately decided to make it this week. This is such a delightful snack or appetizer.
Other than adding parsley, rest of the ingredients are so Indian and we will surely love this awesome snack. Generally falafel is served alone or inside the Pita Pockets. When it is served alone, generally falafel are served with either Tahini Sauce or Tazatziki sauce or even both. Tahini Sauce is made using toasted and ground sesame along with garlic, olive oil and other spices. Tazatziki sauce on the other hand is made using grated cucumber along with yogurt, garlic, pepper powder and salt. This Tazatziki sauce is more like our cucumber raita with the only difference of adding garlic and olive oil.
This recipe is learnt from Tasty Vegetarian videos in Youtube. First time when I tried, I didn’t use Parsley. I got mixed comments in facebook. Some of them really loved my version of Falafel but many opposed as it is not an authentic way of making falafel. So I decided to learn the perfect way of making these yummy Falafel and eventually I saw Tasty Vegetarian version of making Falafel and made this snack and it turned out exactly how I tasted in the mediterranean restaurant.
Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight. The next morning, drain the soaked water. Using a paper towel, pat the soaked chickpeas nicely and set the chickpeas aside and allow it to dry for an hour.
After 1 hour, take the soaked and dried chickpeas in a mixer jar. Add parsley, coriander leaves, mint leaves, garlic, cumin powder, coriander powder, pepper powder, red chili powder, baking soda, olive oil, toasted sesame seeds, salt and grind it to a coarse paste
Take small lemon sized falafel mixture and shape into balls and keep it aside.
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. When the oil is hot, drop 4-5 falafel dumplings and keep the flame medium-low and fry the falafel till golden brown and crispy. Take out the fried Falafel and place it on paper towel to drain excess oil. Repeat the same for rest of the falafel mixture
Serve the delicious and crispy Falafel with Tahini Sauce or Tazatziki sauce and enjoy the delicious snack!