Falafel

Falafel.
Falafel or felafel is a deep-fried ball made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, that most likely originated in Egypt.
Usually served with hummus and pita bread.

I made it with chickpeas but you can use fava beans too. Recipe is very easy and simple yet delicious. You have to make a course paste of overnight soaked chickpeas with onions, garlic, ginger and some spices. Add flour for binding, make balls and fry, easy isn’t it 😊

Jolly invited me to this wonderful group ‘Recipe swap challenge group,’ where members paired and try a recipe from each other’s blog. And share with due credit. Thanks Jolly.

Its my first post for the group. I have paired with a very talented blogger Aruna Panangipally who blog at Aahaaramonline.com
A blog full of delicious recipes. It was very difficult to choose only one recipe. I wanted to make falafel in breakfast so decided to make falafel this time from her blog
Aahaaramonline.com Falafel

I have used 1 teaspoon roasted spice powder in it to make it little spicy. Get the recipe of roasted spice powder in method.
I have used green chilli but you can use red chilli powder instead if you want. I like the taste of green chilli.

Recipe

Chickpea /kabuli chana or Garbanzo Beans – 1 cup

Onion – 1 medium, chopped

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chopped Parsley – 2 tablespoon

Chopped cilantro – 2 tablespoon

Roasted spices powder – 1 teaspoon, optional

Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Wheat flour – 2 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon, optional

Oil for Frying

Method

1. Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight.

2. Drain the water completely. And spread the chickpeas on a kitchen towel for 15 – 30 minutes.

3. Grind the chickpeas with onion, garlic, ginger, green chilli, parsley, cilantro, salt, lemon juice, black pepper powder and cumin powder. Make a course paste. Add very little water if require. I didn’t.

4. In a large bowl mix ground chickpea mixture, flour and roasted spices powder. Get the roasted spices powder recipe here.

5. Mix well. Make round balls with 1 & 1/2 tablespoon mixture. If you feel difficulty to bind then keep the mixture in refrigerator for 15 minutes and then make balls.

6. Heat sufficient oil in a wok or pan.
Fry the balls evenly from all the sides.
Transfer the fried falafel on a paper towel.

7. Serve hot with hummus or tahini sauce.

Notes

1. I have used whole wheat flour for binding but you can use all purpose flour if you want.

2. I have fried the falafel in a pan with less oil but better to use a wok or kadhahi and sufficient oil to fry the falafel evenly.

3. If you don’t like tangy taste you can omit lemon juice.

4. Use chilli according to your taste. If you don’t like spicy or hot you can omit green chilli. Or you can use red chilli powder.

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Chana Madra

Chana madra.
A very popular dish of Himachal Pradesh. No onion garlic rich chickpea curry cooked in yoghurt sauce. Easy to cook yet very flavourful and lip-smacking curry.

Yes after Hariyana we landed at Himachal Pradesh.
This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Himachal pradesh cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is lovely Priya Ayer. Who blog at https://thephotowali.wordpress.com
Priya gave me two interesting ingredients salt and curd And I made this lip smackingly delicious chana madra. Thanks Priya.

And I gave her cumin and tamarind.
Check out her blog for the amazing recipes she shared.

Himachal Pradesh ( literally “snow-laden province”) is a state of India located in North India. Situated in the Western Himalayas, it is bordered by states of Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west, Haryana on the southwest, Uttarakhand on the southeast, and the Tibet Autonomous Region on the east. At its southernmost point, it also touches the state of Uttar Pradesh. The state’s name was coined from the Sanskrit—Him means ‘snow’ and achal means ‘land’ or ‘abode’—by acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma, one of the state’s eminent Sanskrit scholars.
Himachal is well known for its handicrafts. The carpets, leather works, shawls, paintings, metalware, woodwork and paintings are worth appreciating. Pashmina shawl is one of the products which is highly in demand not only in Himachal but all over the country. Himachali caps are also famous art work of the people.
The day to day food of Himachalis is very similar to the rest of the north India. They too have lentil, broth, rice, vegetables and bread. As compared to other states in north India non-vegetarian cuisine is more preferred. Some of the specialities of Himachal include Manee, Madeera, Pateer, Chouck, Bhagjery and chutney of Til.
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You can get some more chickpea recipes here. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

Tomato coconut chickpea curry

Chickpea potato dry curry

Peas chickpea low calorie salad

This recipe is completely different. Yoghurt based curry flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, cloves and bay leaf. I am sure you will love the taste. You can serve it with steamed rice or any bread.

Recipe

Chickpea – 1 cup

Curd – 1 cup

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 /4 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 1

Black Cardamom – 1

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3 – 4

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Rice flour – 1 tablespoon

Chopped coriander or cilantro leaves – 2 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Water – 2 cup +1/4 cup

Method

1. Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight with 4 cup water.

2. Boil the chickpeas with 1 teaspoon salt and 2 cup water in a pressure cooker.

3. Mix cumin powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder and curd. Whisk the curd well.

4. Remove the seeds of black cardamom.
Crush Black cardamon seeds, green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.

5. Mix 1 tablespoon rice flour with 1/4 cup water. Stir and keep aside.

6. Heat oil in a pan.
Add cumin seeds, crushed cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and bay leaf.

7. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add asafoetida or hing.

8. Now add boiled chickpeas with water.
Let it cook for 3-4 minutes.

9. Reduce the flame to simmer and add spices mixed curd and salt. Add salt carefully. One teaspoon salt already added while boiling chickpeas.

10. Stir continuously to avoid curdling the curd.
Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

11. Cook on medium heat for 4 – 5 minutes. Keep stirring.

12. Add rice flour mixed water and mix well.

13. Cook for another 5 minutes or until you get desired consistency.
It will become thick when cool.
Switch off the heat.

14. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve hot with steamed rice or any bread.

Notes

1. You can add 1 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter before removing from heat if you like.

2. If you like your curry hot you can add few slit green chilli.

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