Posts Tagged ‘fritters’

I am introduced to many cuisines after coming to US, one of which is mediterranean cuisine. Middle Eastern cuisine is known for its versatility, interesting ingredients and flavorful spices which is so much like Indian cuisine.The spices, the veggies, the flavors reminds me that I am having something Indian. Also, mediterranean cuisine is considered to be one of the healthiest cuisine.

Falafel is a fritters made from coarsely ground chick peas and this is usually served in pita bread as sandwich with some veggies and sauce. Falafel can also be served as a snack. Falafel pita sandwich is also considered to be street food of middle eastern countries and is a national dish of Israel.You can make falafel by baking if you counting on calories but I think it tastes great when its fried…:-)

Falafel and Pita Sandwich

Falafel and Pita Sandwich


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, devined and chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 dried bread crumbs
  • salt to taste
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 4 pita bread
  • Shredded lettuce,
  • sliced tomatoes, sliced seedless cucumbers ,thinly sliced red onion

For yogurt sauce

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • fresh coriander leaves, chopped

In a small bowl combine yogurt, coriander leaves, salt, pepper, cumin powder and red chilli powder. Chill for at least 30 minutes.


  • Soak the chick peas overnight and the next morning drain the same and rinse throughly.
  • Cook the chickpeas with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder in pressure cooker for about 6-7 minutes or until its slightly tender. Cool and drain the same.
  • Put the cooked chickpeas in a food processor and pulse to coarsely grind, stopping to scrape the sides . Also, there shouldn’t be any whole chickpeas remaining.
  • Transfer the chickpeas in a large mixing bowl, add baking powder, chopped onion, crushed garlic cloves, grounded cumin powder, coriander powder, red pepper flakes, chopped red bell pepper, green chillies, coriander leaves, lemon juice and salt to taste. Mix everything together. Add bread crumbs to the mixture so it holds together and can be shaped in desired forms. You can add more or less bread crumbs as needed.
  • Heat oil for deep-frying in heavy bottom skillet.
  • Roll the falafel mixture into small size balls, use an ice cream scoop to get them exactly in same sizes.
  • Carefully drop a few at a time into the hot oil, making sure they don’t stick to the bottom. Fry until the chickpeas fritters are a dark brown on all sides, turning as needed. Drain on a platter lined with paper towels.
  • Warm pita bread on both the sides, cut the same into halves to make pockets and put 3 fried falafel into each. Drizzle with the yogurt sauce and layer with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers. Serve immediately.
Falafel and Pita Sandwich

Falafel and Pita Sandwich


Recipe Yields: 2-3 servings


Pakora is usually served as snack or appetizers. Pakora can be made in different ways using different ingredients which will be dipped in a batter of gram flour/besan and then its deep-fried in oil.  Yes deep-fried, sometimes I feel that I am not consuming healthy food but its ok once in a while and it also changes the taste of your palate. The most common veggie used to make pakoras are potatoes and onions. But my mom would use different kind of vegetable to make this fritters like egg plants, spinach leaves, cauliflower florets, lauki/bottle gourd to name a few. So, here goes the recipe:




  • 5-6 cauliflower florets
  • 1 small broccoli head, around 4-5 florets attached, grated
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 2 small potatoes, cut in like french fries
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kalonji/black onion seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ajwain
  • 1 cup gram flour/besan
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon semolina
  • salt to taste
  • oil for deep-frying


  • Mix together the gram flour, potatoes, onions, cauliflower florets, grated broccoli, chillies, ajwain, kalonji, turmeric powder, baking soda and salt to taste make thick batter by adding little water. Keep the batter aside for sometime so that the flavour blend together.
  • Heat oil in a deep skillet over high heat, scoop batter with a tablespoon and drop it in oil.
  • Fry the pakora until golden brown and crispy from both the sides. Turn them occasionally.
  • Fry them in batches. Usually you will take 4-5 batches to finish the batter.
  • Serve hot with chutney,ketchup and of course hot tea to accompany these.


Dal Vada/Vadai

Posted: May 16, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Dal Vada/Vadai

I had this fritters long long time ago when we use to travel to southern part of India. On our way to destination we encounter lots of different varieties of food on railway station and my dad use to go and get snack, food, dessert, drinks etc…whatever is the specialities of that region.

We just use to  enjoy having different kind foods every time at each station. Ofcourse my mom use to keep shouting don’t eat this and that you will get sick , they are not made with good ingredients, do not know from where they have used the water and all sort of things. But at that age we less care about all those things rather than enjoying delicious and unique foods.

When i started blogging I came across this wonderful blog of Manju Rajendra and as i was going through her recipes I found this vadai and immediately i told my husband that i am going to try this one on the weekend and i did.  Have reduced the quantities of dal to half and made the vada with what all ingredients I had at home. It turned out awesome , perfect evening snack with a hot cup of tea. Thanks Manju for sharing this recipe.

Dal vada

Dal Vada


  • 1/2 cup moong dal
  • 1/2 cup channa dal
  • 1/2 cup urad dal
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 shallots, chopped
  • 1 cup methi leaves, chopped
  • 5-6 dried curry leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Soak all three dals together for one hour. Grind them into paste with very less water, the consistency of past should be very thick.
  • Add chopped onions, curry leaves, methi leaves, green chillies, cumin seeds, red chilli powder, salt to taste and mix all together with the dal paste and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a deep-frying pan, once the oil is heated enough, using a teaspoon pour dal paste into the oil and fry until its crispy and golden brown.
  • Keep it on paper towel for excess oil to drain and repeat it to complete the dal batter/paste.
  • Serve hot with ketchup or green chutney.

Recipe adapted from