Friday, May 28, 2010

Falafel – Indianized version of the crispy balls

Fal-a-Fel = Fruit-A-Fruit... literal translation in Hindi, was a flying joke while our group of friends had these fried balls at one of the NYC stalls. We seriously thought that some kind of fruit went into these and we loved them then 8-| ; till I got familiar with the Food Blog World I was quite unknown to the fact that these are simple fritters made of Chickpeas. I tried it over the weekend, it turned out very well, we loved this Mediterranean yet Indianized version of crispy balls.IMG_3732

You Need :

  • Chickpeas\chana: Soaked Overnight
  • Onion: 1 medium
  • Coriander Leaves: fistful
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste: 1 tsp
  • Green Chillies: 2 minced
  • Cumin powder: 1 tsp
  • Black Pepper: 1 tsp - crushed
  • Fennel or Carom Seeds: 1 tsp
  • Chickpeas flour: about 3 tbsp
  • Oil for Deep frying
  • Salt to taste

You Do:

  1. Mix everything in BLUE, in food processor and make rough thick paste.IMG_3731
  2. Mix Salt, then add Chickpeas flour to thicken it.
  3. Heat Oil for deep frying in an open pan, make small balls of the thick batter and fry them till light brown.falafal

Done!! This is normally served with Tahini or Hummus (I got to know this too from Food Blog World), I feel the Mayonnaise also falls in the same league we had it with Mayo and Spicy Sauce. Trust me these balls are very heavy, so don’t be “Bhukkad” gluttonous like me and limit them to 4-5 in one serving :P (we had this chana bloated tummy for long time @-) )

Sending this to Susan’s My Legume Love Affair # 23.


Bookmarked Launji

I tumbled upon a very nice blog – Mharo Rajasthan Recipes couple of weeks back and already I’ve bookmarked nearly dozen of her drooling recipes. I found this blog quite distinguishing with very diverse types of collection of recipes, especially the Rajasthani ones which are truly quite hard to find.IMG_3717

I had brought Raw Mango to prepare long time due – Uditmethi but the snap of – Kairi Ki Launji, made me change the mind. I was introduced to the “Kalonji Seeds” for the first time here we had this sour and spicy side dish as a chutney-pickle. We loved it – Thanks Priya !!

Happy Cooking and Posting about it !


  1. Hey Kanchan,

    Falafal looks so delicious..I agree with you..they are so filling.

    Nice book marked recipe from Priya..Looks tangy and colorful dish.

  2. I love falafels... they are so filling and delicious :-)

    Launji looks equally tempting!

  3. falafel looks crispy, have heard a lot abt this dish but till now i havent tried it at home,...should do it soon...and launji too looks yum

  4. Wow Indian touch to falafel..looks soooo crispy and yummy.. looks delicious..

  5. I love this crispy falafell..have it with pitta bread as a sandwich..
    And I am drooling over your launji mom makes it and i had long forgotton it.. thanks for reminding!

  6. Kanchan, this is such an honor. I really appreciate you making it. It has come out beautifully and I am sure tasted very well too.

    Your Indianzed falafel recipe looks great, surely making it :)

  7. Falefel looks yet to try it...launji looks delicious

  8. Crispy falafel looks super prefect, launji looks awesome..

  9. I do believe you when you say they are heavy, but I would find just one more irresistible to put on my plate. : )

    Thank you, Kanchan, for your great MLLA recipe!

  10. fal-a-fal.. lol, never thought of that one :D

    indianized falafel looks so yummy and delicious, Kanchan!

  11. @Panchpakwan,
    We started with 5 each and were shocked when we were nearly done with them.


    Oh.. do try quite simple yet very tasty.

    Thank you.

    I had never heard of this launji, it is perfect tangy spicy side dish.

    Thanks to you dear !!! It was totally awesome and we lovedddd it ! Many more to come from your blog :)


    That is so true…with our bloated stomach we still had many of those lovely balls.

    :D and we thought it was christened thus cos it had many fruits :P

  12. I have never tasted falafel before,sounds good! Love the looks of the launji!

  13. I love falafels too! Sometime I make them in place of regular vadas and they work great!

    Nice post!


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