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Falafel – celebrating International Falafel Day

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FJune 12th is International Falafel Day and we teach you some interesting variants of this Middle Eastern specialty.

A traditional Middle Eastern deep-fried ball or patty-shaped fritter, falafel is popular with most people as it is a powerhouse of proteins.

It is typically prepared with Fava beans or coarsely ground chickpeas, a binding agent, scallions, garlic, parsley, cumin, and coriander. It also happens to be popular during Ramadan and is usually eaten as a part of Iftar.

The best part of falafel is that you can give it a new twist by choosing new dips and even adding an Indian touch. Falafel can be served as an appetiser with hummus and tahini, or as a main course. Stuff pita bread with falafel, lettuce, tomatoes, tahini, salt, and pepper.

Falafel Shawarma Pocket courtesy Ajay Thakur, Corporate Chef, Bayroute
Falafel Shawarma Pocket courtesy Ajay Thakur, Corporate Chef, Bayroute

Here are some recipes:

  • Pita Pocket stuffed with Fattoush Falafel courtesy Thejeswara Rao, Executive Sous Chef, THE Park Hyderabad
  • Falafel (courtesy Deva Kumar, Executive Chef, Hyatt Regency Chennai)
  • Chickpea Falafel courtesy Amrita Pandey, Nutritionist, Trainer, Organic India
  • Crispy Lebanese Falafel (courtesy Chef Mayur Ramachandran, Executive Chef, Holiday Inn Bengaluru Racecourse & Glass)
  • Oats and Cilantro Falafel with Beetroot Tahini courtesy Chef Reetu Uday Kugaji, Culinary Expert and Chef Consultant
  • Edamame Falafel courtesy Monika Manchanda, Chief Culinary Officer & Co-founder, LiveAltLife
  • Falafel Shawarma Pocket courtesy Ajay Thakur, Corporate Chef, Bayroute

Read the full story that first appeared in Deccan Chronicle dated June 6, 2022 here:

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