Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Falafel2


Under here is a full layer of chickpeas

Ingredients:
2 cups of chick peas (post soaked)
5 cloves of garlic
2 tps of baking powder
Parsley/Coriander chopped
Onions chopped
Cumin grounded
Sweet paprika
Salt
Ground coriander seeds (optional)

Chickpeas need Only over night  soaking.  Do not cook.
Whizz in mixer all the above ingredients to a soft dough.
I have a too small a mixer so I tend to overload, either way, every time I find myself whizzing at least two batches.  Yet still I never have enough left to freeze....strange

These falafels are on the greener side as I threw in a full big bunch of corriander for good measure, stalks and all.
Also I prefer the Siani/Egyptian falafels which are very green compared to Israeli ones.


2nd batch

Whizz

Whizz some more



Final 'dough' (this stage can be frozen and defrost when needed, so I have been told, I've never had enough left to freeze!)

Best to fry one or two first, taste then adjust seasoning to the rest of the dough before frying again.
Deep fry in hot oil.
PACKED with flavour.
When you split these babies a delicious herby waft  is released... mixed in with a warm spicy aroma.

Dipped in freshly made tehina. The best.

Note:
Yesterday, finally tested the frozen dough theory.
Defrosted the falafel dough.  Fried a few, it lacked flavour and puffiness.
So I blitzed a whole bunch of fresh coriander added this to the lackluster dough along with some paprika, freshly grounded coriander seeds.  Then fried some more balls.  These came out better but were not so light and springy like real fresh falafels.
So verdict.  I wouldn't freeze unless absolutely have too, that is to avoid trashing the falafels.  Better to cook them all and eat them cold later, anything rather than freeze.





Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hummus

Soak over night then cook the chickpeas (add baking soda after 30 mins of cooking, if you didn't soak it overnight with B. soda already - B.soda softens them)
Cook till soft, about 3 hours.
Onion adds taste, so I am told.
Smallest chickpeas should be sought out for this, it really does make a difference.

Cool and bag together with 'juice' for freezing.
The juice is important as when you finally use and make hummus, less water is needed, and a more flavourful hummus is achieved!

Bags in the freezer is a RELIEF.  Friends over unexpectedly or arrive home late, nothing in the fridge, too plain tired to cook or even think of what to cook.....Just a take out a few bags, throw into  microwave, blend in food processor, garnish.  Fresh/frozen pitta  warmed in the oven.  Deliciously filling, nutritious and FAST!


Hummus Recipe - Click Here
Note: Some restaurants use yoghurt to make hummus or the tehina, it does give another silky texture.


Sorry wasn't fast enough to take ANY photos of the hummus dish before it vanished on the table.
Always chaotic when hummus is made at our place, usually with falafel, FAST food at it's best and fastest!
Will try better next time.  Remember to check for update.
That's Reality Blog for you .....

Finally

This is topped with fried ground beef, you can top instead with  fried Onions or Mushrooms or nothing.

It's all good and delish.
Sprinkle of red paprika, toasted pine nuts and or chopped coriander.








Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Falafel




Home made falafel

Ultimate salad to go with












 
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