Fun fact the word falafel is the plural of Filfil meaning “pepper”. an earlier *filfal, from Aramaic pilpāl, "peppercorn,” meaning to be round or roll”. Did you know that? Well I did not (and yes I Googled it) but one thing I know for sure that it's one of healthy thing to eat.. Specially if you are vegan or vegetarian! Made this falafel platter for dinner few days ago and it turned out simply amazing. I gave it a twist by making the falafel using green gram (mung beans) instead of chickpeas and it turned out oh so delicious; definitely not the classic recipe but 100% classic taste.
Salad compliments the deep fried Falafel perfectly and is very refreshing at the same time. If you like Mediterranean cuisine, give this a try and indulge in goodness of healthy yet flavorful platter.
Yield: 6-7 Falafel Prep Time: 30 mins Cook Time: 15 mins Ingredients: 1 cup Mung Beans (Sprouted) ½ onion ½ cup finely chopped Cilantro 2 medium green chilies 1 TBSP Ginger Garlic Paste ½ Cup Corn flour (Corn Atta) Red chili powder Cumin Powder Half Lemon Salt Pepper Oil For Garnish: Lettuce Carrot Batons Cucumber cut vertically Tomato slices 2-3
Add sprouted Mung Beans, Onion,green Chilies and Cilantro to the food processor one by one until they turn coarse. We are not looking for think paste like consistency here. You can also add all these all at once in the processor however I prefer doing it one by one and then mixing it all together.
Take a big bowl and add the mixture to it. Now add corn flour, ginger garlic paste, red chili powder, cumin powder salt, and pepper. Squeeze half a lemon to it. Mix it all together. Add more flour if you think the mixture needs more binding. You can check if you can make small round shape balls out of the mixture and make the changes accordingly.
Now for deep frying, heat the oil in sauce pan to high. Once the oil is hot enough, put the balls into the pan and deep fry until nice and golden brown on all sides and turns crispy. Keep the flame to medium while frying so that the balls are cooked properly within.
Take wide plate or pan. Place some salad leaves or lettuce at the bottom. Place the carrots, cucumber, tomato slices on top and add the Falafel on the side. You can add any dipping of your choice like hummus, mustard sauce etc. top it with some basil and voila ready to dig in!
- Variety: You can use any lentil of your choice to make the Falafel.
- Storage:You can store this for 1 day in refrigerator.
- Eat with: Pita bread, hummus or simply the salad will be great.
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