Falafel ( Lebanese )

Falafel (  Lebanese )

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An all-time favourite Lebanese dish, Falafel can classify as a sumptuous snack or a meal in its own right depending on when you have it! Here, unleavened pita bread is lined with tongue-tickling garlic chutney, topped with a tangy curd dressing and packed with scrumptious deep-fried ‘bullets’ made of a kabuli chana batter. This Middle-Eastern delight is quite filling, and looks and tastes exotic as well, so you can serve it with tea or at a party too. Serve the Falafel as soon as you assemble it, because it will get soggy if you let it soak in the dressing for too long.

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Falafel ( Lebanese ) recipe - How to make Falafel ( Lebanese )

Soaking Time:  Overnight   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 9 falafels
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For The Bullets
1/2 cup kabuli chana (white chick peas) , soaked overnight and drained
1 tbsp chopped garlic (lehsun)
1/4 cup chopped onions
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)
1 tbsp chopped mint leaves (phudina)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) powder
salt to taste
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp green chilli paste
oil for deep-frying

To Be Mixed Into A Dressing
1 cup whisked curds (dahi)
1/4 cup chopped spring onions (whites and greens)
1/2 tsp chopped garlic (lehsun)
a pinch of sugar
salt to taste

Other Ingredients
9 pita bread
butter for brushing
4 1/2 tsp garlic chutney
1/2 recipe tahini dip
18 sliced tomato halves
9 tbsp shredded lettuce
For the bullets

  1. Combine the kabuli chana, garlic, onions, parsley, coriander, mint leaves, cumin seeds powder and salt and blend in a mixer to a coarse mixture using approx. ¼ cup of water.
  2. Transfer the mixture into a bowl, add the baking powder and green chilli paste and mix well.
  3. Divide the mixture into 18 equal portions.
  4. Shape a portion into a round ball and put in hot oil in a deep non-stick kadhai. Shape 5 more portions, into a ball and put it in the oil and deep-fry all 6 at a time in a batch till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides.
  5. Repeat step 4 to make 12 more balls in 2 more batches. Drain on an absorbent paper and keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Cut a pita bread into two vertically and slit each halve to form a pocket.
  2. Brush each halve with little butter on both the sides.
  3. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle), and cook it on a medium flame till light brown spots appear on both the sides.
  4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 with the remaining pita breads.
  5. Take a pita bread halve, spread ½ tsp of garlic chutney evenly in it, add 1 tsp of tahini dip and place 2 bullets.
  6. Top it with 1½ tbsp of the prepared curd dressing, place 2 tomato halves and 1 tbsp of the shredded lettuce.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to make 8 more falafels.
  8. Serve immediately.

Nutrient values per falafel
Energy188 cal
Protein6.6 g
Carbohydrates30.4 g
Fiber4.2 g
Fat3.9 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A220 mcg
Vitamin B10.2 mg
Vitamin B20.1 mg
Vitamin B31.6 mg
Vitamin C17.9 mg
Folic Acid36.1 mcg
Calcium127.6 mg
Iron2.4 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium15.5 mg
Potassium214 mg
Zinc1 mg

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Falafel ( Lebanese )
 on 12 May 17 09:37 PM

Falafel ( Lebanese )
 on 11 Jan 17 10:43 AM

Yes...it was amazing recipe....is it possible to avoid frying to be more healthy?? Even is it ok if we bake the pita bread?? @ what temp in oven??
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Supriya, Thank you for your kind words. You can shape the bullets into small tikkis and then cook them on a tava with little oil.
11 Jan 17 11:47 AM
Falafel ( Lebanese )
 on 22 Aug 16 10:00 AM

Hi. The taste of the Falafel was very good. But while frying the Falafel it was scattering in the oil. I am sure i did not put excess water. What could be the possible reason? I grinded the Kabuli channa when it was still hot and did not mash the mixture together for very long. can this be the reson?
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Madhurima, When you blend the mixture make sure that when you make the balls, the mixture binds well. if the mixture does not bind well, there are chances that it might scatter in the oil. If you feel that the mixture is not binding, blend it a little more and also make sure that the kabuli chana that you use are not cooked. Just soaked kabuli chana has to be used to make this recipe. You can also check the recipe video http://www.tarladalal.com/falafel-video-944v Do try this recipe and share your valuable feedback with us.
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23 Aug 16 05:15 PM
Falafel ( Lebanese )
 on 26 Nov 15 09:59 PM

Taste was awesome but when I place parties in oil they were breaking what did I do wrong
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Tarla Dalal    Hi.. We are sorry to hear that. While blending the mixture,if a little more water is added then required, then the mixture will get thin and you will not get that proper binding that is required for deep-frying. Do try this recipe again but with a little less water this time and i am sure it will work out. You can also watch the video of this recipe by clicking above on the video option. Hope this helps. If you have any more queries, feel free to ask.
Edited after original posting.
27 Nov 15 04:16 PM
Falafel ( Lebanese )
 on 01 Oct 15 02:15 PM

They turned out delicious...
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks. Please continue to review recipes which you have made and loved from tarladalal.com It will help thousands of food lovers to try the recipe based on your review.
01 Oct 15 04:26 PM
Falafel ( Lebanese )
 on 24 Aug 15 02:15 PM

Super delicious
Falafel ( Lebanese )
 on 29 May 15 04:24 PM

Falafel is one of my favourite lebanese recipe. The chick-pea bulolets, the dressing and the salad makes an amazing combination. The curd dip gives an amazing creamy taste, wherein you dont feel like adding mayo or any other thing. This is delicious..
Falafel ( Lebanese )
 on 11 May 13 09:54 AM

Falafel ( Lebanese )
 on 16 Mar 13 11:27 AM

awesome taste...liked taste of baharat spice mix...enjoyed with pita, tahini and hummus from your recipe world...
 on 08 Jan 12 02:16 AM

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