Lebanese_Falafel_Chickpea_Recipe

 

Ramadan is considered to be the holiest month in the entire year according to Islamic tradition.Muslims all across the world observe fasts and celebrate Ramzan and observe fasts. One of the most basic ideas behind keeping a roza is to inculcate stoicism and a sense of self restraint.

People who keep roza eat before sunrise (Suhoor or Sehri) and then refrain from eating or drinking anything throughout the day. In the evening, people break their fasts after sunset with a meal called ‘Iftar’. Iftar is a feast which people look forward to after the day’s long restrain. Traditionally, one is supposed to eat dates along with juice, milk or water. It is believed that Prophet Mohammad ate three dates when he broke his roza.

Iftar meals bristle with varied delicacies try falafel. Falafel is a lebanese deep fried balls or patties made from white chickpeas/kabuli chana and/or fava beans. they are usually stuffed in pita bread with tahini, hummus or a vegetable salad or a assortment of veggies. absolutely wonderful and awesome snack.

Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked white chickpeas/kabuli chana
  • 1 small to medium onion/pyaaz, finely chopped
  • 2-3 garlic/lahsun, crushed or finely chopped or minced
  • 1 tsp coriander powder/dhania powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder/lal mirch powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder/jeera powder
  • ½ tsp crushed black pepper or pepper powder
  • 2 to 3 tbsp all purpose flour/maida or bread crumbs or whole wheat flour/atta
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley or coriander leaves, finely chopped or minced
  • ½ to 1 tbsp lemon juice (optional)
  • salt as required
  • oil for deep frying

Method:

  • combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • mash the chickpeas and mix everything well.
  • form into small or medium sized balls or patties
  • deep fry in hot oil like the way you would do for pakoras/fritters.
  • turn over to the other side whilst frying to ensure that the falafels are evenly fried.
  • drain falafel on kitchen tissues to remove excess oil.
  • serve falafel hot with pita bread or serve as snack/starter with some sauce.