Sunday, 1 January 2012

Tea time recipe

New Years  Day 2012, welcome to it! Hope you enjoyed your celebrations. I can't believe another festive season is over for the year. We spent the day at home today which was lovely, just pottering. The temperature reached 41 degrees in Adelaide today so a nice one to stay indoors and relax. I took down the Christmas tree, packed away the decorations for another year, sorted through some photos, and then pondered what to cook for tea. I wanted something yummy and light perfect for a hot day, and the result... an easy Falafel recipe with salad, and boy were they delicious.

400g of soaked chick peas (about 200g pre soaking)
2 cups of chopped parsley
1 cup chopped coriander
Handful of chopped mint
2 garlic cloves chopped finely
1 onion finely chopped
3 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon of ground cumin or cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
Vegetable oil for frying (about 600ml)

1/4 cup of Greek yoghurt
A good dollop of extra virgin olive oil
1 crushed garlic clove
Juice of half a lemon
Finely chopped mint

Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until combined. You may need to do this in two batches if your processor isn't large enough. Then set mixture aside.
Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan. While heating, roll chickpea mixture into balls about the size of golf balls or slightly larger. Place them in oil and shallow fry for about  3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on paper towel to soak the excess oil. Hey presto... home-made falafels!
These are fantastic served with your favourite salad and a yoghurt dressing. To make the dressing just whisk together all ingredients. If you make this ahead of time just leave it in the fridge until you are about to serve. The coolness of the dressing is refreshing, especially on a hot day. Enjoy! My husband said they were the best he's tasted. I hope you enjoy. Happy cooking!

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