BEST OUT OF WASTE

Today I am going to write about a problem we all always have in our kitchen, “Leftovers”.

Bhajias (Bhajis) from Leftovers:

Ingredients:

Leftover Vegetable Curry

Leftover Lentils

Finely Chopped Onions

Chopped Fresh Corriander/Parsley/Spinich

Gramflour

Riceflour

Garam masala

Oil for frying

Method

Drain liquid from vegetables and lentils. Then add half gramflour and half riceflour until the mixture is as thick as dumplings mixture. Add garam masala to taste.Might need to add bit of salt and chilli powder.Heat up the oil in a frying pan. Make small balls out of the mixture and fry them in the oil at medium heat.

The leftover bhajias can be eaten on their own with chutney or in a bread roll as sandwich. Slice the bread roll like burger bun, then apply chutney on  each side put bhajia in between, onion slices on top and Enjoy The Leftover Sandwich.

 

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FALAFELS

It is believed that falafels originate from Egypt. Though it is known to the world as falafel, it is called Tamiya (taa-me-ya) in Egypt and Sudan. It is a very nutritious food because of its main ingredients; chickpeas and fava beans. Although it is fried food, it is still sometimes recommended in dietary programmes as well.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½  teacups Chickpeas
  • ½ teacup Fava beans
  • ½ bunch fresh Dill
  • ¼ bunch Parsley
  • 1 medium size Onion
  • 4 cloves of Garlic
  • 2 whole green chillies (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Cumin powder (not roasted)
  • ½ tsp. Baking powder
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  • Soak Chickpeas and Fava beans in hot water separately overnight (at least 12 hours)
  • Take the leaves and small stems of Dill and Parsley and wash them thoroughly.
  • Chop Onion and Garlic into big pieces.
  • Put half Dill, Parsley, Onion, Garlic, 1 Chopped Chilli, Cumin powder and Baking powder in a Food Processor. Then add half the Chickpeas and Fava beans and salt and grind into coarse mixture. Do not need to add water, because Dill, Parsley, Onion and Garlic will already have some water. Need to stir it with a spoon 2-3 times in between.Grind the remaining ingredients in the same way.
  • Make small  balls of the mixture, keep it in the palm of the hand and press a little bit(like patty)
  • Heat up cooking oil in frying pan. Once the oil is hot (to check that the oil is right temperature, try frying a tiny ball, if it floats, oil is at right temperature) fry them in the hot oil, until falafels are brown in colour.

Falafels taste very good on their own or can be filled into different types of bread e.g. Pitta bread, along with salad, pickled cucumbers, humus, chutney, etc.

Hope you enjoy making as well as eating falafels as much as I do.

Give it a try and please let me know how it turns out.