Friday, 24 August 2012

Lebanese Chickpea Patties or Falafel Patties with Lebanese Potato Garlic Dip

The Lebanese Chickpeas Patties is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, some herbs and the lebanese spice mix "Baharat". The patties are traditionally sandwiched between Pita bread and the assembled mezze or starter is called "Falafel".
Lebanese cuisine has one main ingredients called the "Baharat powder".
Its easily available in most super markets, but incase you cannot find it, you can make it at home.
Its a spice powder just like the Indian Garam masala, the ingredients of which I have also given.
I however make only these patties and serve them with home made "Lebanese Potato Garlic sauce/Dip".
Try making them at home they are super easy and yummy!
One of these days I will make the Pita Bread at home and assemble the "Falafel", but today due to lack of time I made these patties alone and served them with the dip and my family/friends loved it.

How to make Baharat Powder at home:
Black pepper - 1/4 cup
Red chilly flakes - 1/4 cup
Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
Cinnamon - 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp
Cloves - 1 tbsp
Nutmeg - 1 tbsp
Dry ginger - 1 tbsp
Green cardamom - 1 tbsp
Dry roast all the ingredients till they release an aroma. Allow to cool and then blend into a fine powder. Store in air tight container and use as required.

Chick peas or Kabuli Chana - 1/2 cup
Onions - 1/4 cup - chopped
Garlic - 1 tbp - chopped
Parsley - 2 tbsp - finely chopped
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Baharat powder - 1/2 tsp
Mint leaves - 1 tbsp - finely chopped
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp - finely chopped
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

Soak the chickpeas overnight. Clean, wash and drain.
Blend in mixer to a coarse paste.
Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Make lemon sized balls and deep fry till golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper.
Serve hot with Lebanese Potato Garlic Dip/Sauce.

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