Tuesday, 12 January 2016

NYC style Falafel over rice

"Falafel over Rice" tried this on a trip to Manhattan , New York. It was Friday and I don't eat nonveg on that day, so thought of having Falafel over rice.  It was superb. From that day I wanted to recreate this dish at home and It was on my to-do list! Finally tried this for dinner ans it was DELICIOUS! 

Raw chickpeas are used to Prepare Falafel . Combine the chickpeas, parsley leaves and coriander leaves in a food processor add some spices and deep fry it...Taddaaa.. Delicious falafels are ready to serve. You can have it with any dip, mayo or hot sauce.

Serve Falafel on top of the rice with a drizzle of white sauce and hot sauce with lettuce, tomato and onion on the side. Enjoy.

Must say Great meal for any night of the week!


For the Falafel

1 cup dried chickpeas soaked overnight

2-3 cloves garlic chopped
5-6 spring onions finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
red chilli powder to taste or chilli flakes
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
salt to taste
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon baking soda
1tblsp flour/ maida
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice or as per the taste
1tblsp sesame seeds
 Oil for deep-frying

For the Rice: 

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 cups long grain Basmati rice, washed and drained
2 1/2 cups water/ veg stock/ chicken broth
1/2 tsp salt 
1/4 tsp black pepper 

For the White Sauce: 

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Greek yogurt / plain yogurt
1tsp sugar
1 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 tspn lemon juice
2tblsp chopped fresh Parsley
Kosher Salt as per the taste
ground black pepper as per taste

To serve : 

1 head iceberg lettuce, sliced into thin strips

1 large tomato cut into wedges
1 onion thinly sliced
Sriracha sauce to serve (u can use Harissa-style hot sauce if available)

To make the Falafel:

Drain the chickpeas and transfer to a food processor with all the remaining ingredients except the oil.

Pulse until minced but not pureed. Add water if necessary  but keep the mixture as dry as possible.

Taste and adjust seasoning, add  sesame seeds, flour ,lemon juice as needed.

Heat oil in a pan for deep frying the falafel. Fry the falafel on a medium heat until golden and crispy. Strain on a kitchen towel 
To make the rice:  
Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add the turmeric and cumin powder and immediately  throw the rice and stir to coat .Roast the rice  about 3- 4 minutes. Add the veg broth. Add salt and pepper. Now bring to a boil. Reduce the rice to a simmer, and cook on low until done, about 15 minutes. Set aside. 

To make the white sauce: 

Mix all white sauce ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk to combine well.  Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.  

To serve:  

Take a serving bowl. Serve Falafel on top of the rice with a drizzle of white sauce and hot sauce and lettuce, tomato and onion on the side. Enjoy.

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