Sunday, January 19, 2014

Fresh homemade falafel and pita bread: Food idea

I'm pretty proud of myself - I made falafel from scratch today! And it was actually really easy!
I used this recipe for the falafels (she also has a lot of interesting information about falafel), but I added cilantro instead of parsley and I did not add the pepper, cardamom or coriander. I soaked the garbanzo beans overnight, then used a food processor to grind them up and added all the other ingredients too (garlic, onion, cumin, cilantro). After letting it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours, we shaped them into balls and fried them.
They turned out a lovely shade of light green on the inside, I think from the cilantro, but maybe from the cooked garbanzo - I'm not sure. It was actually much easier than I imagined to make the falafel from scratch. Previously we've only ever used the box mix from the grocery store.

The pita bread turned out great too!
This was my second time making them. I used a combination of two different recipes from the internet, including this one and this one. I used a little bit of sugar (1/4 tsp) with the water and yeast and let it sit for 10 minutes after stirring - it really frothed up. Then I added most of the flour, all the salt and some olive oil and mixed it and kneaded it for about ten minutes, adding more flour as needed to make it smooth. Then I let it rise for a few hours, and pulled it into a rope and broke it into 8 pieces, shaped into balls and let those sit for 10 minutes. Then I rolled them out with a rolling pin into flat circles (~ 1/4 inch thick) and two at a time, put them on a pre-heated pan (lined with parchment paper) in a pre-heated 500 degree oven. I later reduced that to 450 because one of the pitas burned a little on the bottom. I followed the recipe instructions to add them to a plastic bag immediately after removing from the oven, flattened them down with a spatula, and let them sit for five minutes. They formed the perfect pockets - they turned out great! We ate the falafel and pita with hummus, lettuce/red onion/cilantro, cucumbers and grated white cheddar (I do love me some good Vermont white cheddar).

Isn't this a lovely sunset and an interesting cloud?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Leah!
    Beautiful posting: very colourful! How good you made these falafel balls, they appear very tasty. I only eat them when I go to arabian groceries or restaurants.
    Your sky pictures are lovely too.
    Thanks for gracing us with beautiful recipes and landscape pictures.