Herbed Falafel in a Rich Almond Sauce
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An Indian twist to a Mediterranean street food- herbed falafel dunked in rich almond sauce
Ingredients
  • •Dried chickpeas : 1 cup
  • •Bulghur (cooked / steamed ) or fava beans :1/2 cup
  • •Cumin seeds : 1 tsp
  • •Corainder seeds : 1 tsp
  • •Chopped fresh mint : 1 tbsp
  • •Chopped fresh cilantro : 1 tbsp
  • •Chopped fresh parseley : 1 tbsp
  • •Garlic and ginger (chopped) : 2 tsp
  • •Garam masala : 1 tsp (if using)
  • •Almond paste : 1 tbsp
  • •Bread crumbs : 1-2 tbsp
  • •Oil for deep frying
  • •Hummus for garnishing
  • •Pita bread or chips or any lebanese bread to serve with
  • •Ginger-Almond sauce:
  • •Boiled Onion paste: 2 tbsp
  • •Almond-pistachio paste : 1 cup
  • •White pepper powder : 2 tsp
  • •Hot paprika : 2 tsp (if you like it spicy)
  • •Ginger paste : 1 tsp
  • •Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Soak the chickpeas overnight in water, drain and reserve them.
  2. Cook the chickpeas in pressure cooker or slow cook them till they are just tender. Do not overcook them, they should not be mushy.
  3. Toast the cumin and corainder seeds in a dry frying pan over low heat for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Cool slightly then finely grind into a powder.
  5. Add to the bowl of chickpeas, then add the fava beans or cooked bulghur, garlic and ginger, parsely, mint and cilantro,almond paste, bread crumbs, salt and garam masala if using to the same bowl.
  6. Transfer to a food processor and puree the mixture.
  7. Using your hands, form the mixture into flat rounds, 3-4 cm in diameter.
  8. Place on a tray, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  9. You can prepare this mixture one day before too and refrigerate it until use.
  10. Deep fried the falafel at high heat in hot oil until golden and crispy.
  11. To make the sauce:
  12. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan and add the boiled onion paste. Saute till the onion becomes translucent, do not brown them.
  13. Add the ginger paste, followed by almond-pistachio paste and saute on low heat for few minutes.
  14. Sprinkle white pepper powder and paprika over it, salt to taste and add 1 cup warm water, simmer them on low heat till the sauce thickens.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at https://honestcooking.com/herbed-falafel-almond-sauce-recipe/