Lakshmi:Lazy dinner days are devoted to a compulsive visits that Satish and I make to a wraps counter near an ostensibly lit clothing retailer in Chennai. Apart from the jarring brightness of the neon lights that the retailer sports and the barrage of mosquitoes, out on an indefinite war against humanity, the location and the food are perfect. We never fail to get a bite of their wonderful falafels. I added a couple of tablespoons of oil to the standard falafel ingredients and baked them- the addition of oil completely negates the “over drying” effects that baking can have on traditionally deep fried dishes.
Mandira: I am not a big fan of any form of channa.Or rajma for that matter. But I dont mind Falafel mainly because you can hardly make out you are eating channa.Till now eating falafel was restricted to ordering at hotels. Now I make my very own falafel right at home!
- Kabuli Channa/ Chick Peas – 1 cup
- Ginger – 1/2 inch piece (grated)
- Onion – 1/2 cup (finely chopped)
- Garlic – 2 cloves (minced)
- Coriander – 1/4 cup (finely chopped)
- Parsley – 1/4 cup (finely chopped)
- Powdered Cumin – 1 tsp
- Red pepper flakes – 1/4 tsp
- Salt to taste
- Oil – 2 tbsp
- Soak the Chick Peas in enough water for 18-20 hours.
- Grease a baking tray and preheat oven to 220 C.
- Drain the Chick Peas and grind them along with the garlic into a thick slightly coarse paste.
- Add the grated ginger, chopped onions, coriander, parsley, salt and red pepper flakes to the paste and mix well.
- Add the remaining oil and mix well.
- Shape into circular discs and arrange on baking tray.
- Bake at 220 C for 20-22 minutes turning over the falafels once in between until the falafels turn golden on both sides.
Serve with sauce of choice.
Lakshmi’s Notes: Don’t make the paste too dry or too runny. It needs to be firm enough to hold shape but feel wet when handled. The paste needs to be a just a little bit coarse to ensure that the falafels are crunchy. With a paste that is too smooth, the texture will fall below expectations. Baking times may vary.
Mandira’s Notes:I liked the way the Falafels turned out. But I think I stinged a little too much on the oil and that made them a little dry on the inside. A few more drops of oil woudnt have hurt, really! Baking in the oven gave them a nice crisp outer cover. I was too lazy to prepare any dip so I brough the good old tomato ketchup in use. The aroma of falafel as it cooks in the oven reminds me of kababs…slurrp.(yes I can slurp even if I am a vegetarian. It smells that good!)