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Falafel rocks(Chickpea roll)

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Falafel made using chickpeas is a popular Middle Eastern chick pea patty. Falafel is stuffed in pita bread with salad and sauce. Falafel is quite popular as a replacement to meat and its high in protein.This is the based snacks across the world and my husband most favorite dish.
He was missing falafel quite a long time and hence I decided to try this recipe at home.I had no idea how this patty taste likes but with all the inputs from internet and from my husband , I could manage to prepare it at home. And I guess what it turned out to be good and my husband was quite impressed and amused.
Trust me try this recipe at home and you never know you might get the full marks and a pat on your back as well:) Its very very simple and healthier too.
To make it more healthier option these can be baked instead of deep frying.You can also prepared all purpose flour(maida) and wheat (atta) ki roti if you fail to arrange any Pita bread.
You can serve this with tahini sauce or hummus whatever you can arrange. I prepared hummus at home. please check my recipe to prepare hummus.
So lets get set go.


Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4.

Ingredients:

1 cup dried chick peas (kabuli chana)
2 tablespoon chopped parsley(optional)
2 tablespoon chopped coriander
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon garlic chopped.
2 small onions finely chopped.
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/4 cup all purpose flour (plain flour, maida)
Also need oil to fry
Salt to taste

For serving

2 cups of thinly sliced lettuce
2 medium size chopped tomatoes
4 pocket pita bread

Direction || How to prepare Falafel

Soak the chickpeas in 3 cups of water for 8 hours or overnight After soaking chickpeas will be about 2 and half time in volume.
Transfer the soaked chick peas into the pressure cooker and start steaming turn the heat down to medium and cook for about 4 minutes.
Chickpeas should be just tender not very soft.Now remove it from the pressure cooker and rinse them well and drain them completely .

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Add chickpea to a blender along with chopped onion, garlic, cumin seeds, red chilli powder and parsley(if you cannot arrange parsley replace it with coriander as I did).

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Do not add any water ,Process it until it reaches a coarse texture. The mixture should bind well otherwise it may fall apart while frying. If needed add few spoons of water.

Add 2 tbsp of all purpose flour which helps it to bind well.

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Refrigerate for an hour. Take small portions and make oval balls. If using flour, you may flatten them a bit otherwise they tend to break while frying.

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Heat oil in a fry pan on a medium flame. Drop a small portion of the mixture to check if the oil is hot. It must float and not sink, this means the oil is hot enough. Do not over heat the oil, as they may brown the balls without frying them inside.
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When they are golden fried, drain them on a kitchen towel.

Serve them with a tahini sauce or hummus or any favourite dip.

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Serving suggestion

Take pita bread or naans or roti and heat over the skillet on medium high heat both sides lightly.

Place the falafel in the center of the bread and add hummus over with it and then fill chopped lettuce so it 1/3 full and now fold the flat bread.

It’s best to serve the rolls with hot falafels. Falafels can be easily re-heated before serving using an oven or toaster oven.

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