Classic Veg Falafel Biryani Recipe – Part 1 of 2
Subz-E-Falafel biryani or Veg Falafel Biryani served with crispy falafel croquettes is one of the classic royal biryanis. Both the Biryani and Falafel actually originated in the middle eastern countries; however, the combination of biryani and falafel is not very common.
It takes some time to prepare this Veg Falafel Biryani, as we are making it from the scratch, but its taste is well worth the time spent. Here, we would be sharing this unique recipe consisting flavorful and lip-smacking combination of aromatic veg biryani and crispy falafels – in two parts. In the first part, we will share how to make the perfect Falafels.
This Sabz-e-Falafel Biryani goes very well with raita made with yogurt and cucumber. Why not try making this unique dish at your home? We are sure that you’d fall in love with this Subz-E-Falafel Biryani!!
How to make delicious Falafel at home: Easy recipe
Falafel is a typical recipe from Arabic cuisine. It is a kind of croquette made from Kabuli Chana (also called Chickpeas or Garbanzo beans) and in some cases besan or chickpea flour. It’s so easy to make and it’s packed with protein. Falafel is one of those delicious things that everyone loves.
Although falafel is associated with the Middle East, today it is a dish that has spread throughout the World. Falafel is usually served as a starter accompanied with yogurt sauce or with hummus, it can also be served in a pita sandwich.
The falafel made by deep-frying a ground mixture of soaked chickpeas, onions, garlic, and various herbs and spices. It is a perfect recipe for vegetarians as it is very nutritious, healthy, and tasty. Traditionally Falafel dough is prepared by crushing the ingredients in a mortar, but these days, we can make falafels with the help of a food processor. It is best to use raw chickpeas because the canned ones are already cooked and your falafel is most likely going to crumble or be too soft. Some people recommend leaving the chickpeas to soak for 24 hours, but you can only leave them overnight until the next day and they would be great.
One way to make falafel more flavorful is to use whole spices instead of ground and toast them in a skillet before grinding them in the grinder. You also need to drain and dry the soaked chickpeas completely before grinding them to make them crispy. You may add a little besan to the dough to give the dough a better consistency and to prevent it from sticking to the hands while you make the falafel balls or discs.
The Falafels go well with Veg biryani. We hope you enjoy this easy and delicious recipe.
Chickpeas (soaked overnight) 200 gm
Onion. 1 medium size (finely chopped)
Ginger Garlic paste – 1 tablespoon
Fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped (half cup)
Roasted cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
Chili flakes – 1/2 teaspoon
Red Chili powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon
Salt = 1 teaspoon or to taste
Gram flour – 2 tablespoon
Breadcrumbs – 1/2 cup
Sunflower oil – for frying
1. To begin, we soak the Kabuli chana or chickpeas overnight.
2. Proceed to grind the chickpeas in a food processor to a coarse consistency.
3. Mix the ground chickpeas with chopped onion, coriander, ginger-garlic paste, roasted cumin seeds, salt, pepper, besan, and baking soda. Stir all the ingredients well and crush them with a spoon so as to make a homogeneous dough.
4. Make a big ball with the dough, cover it with little oil and let it rest in a bowl covered with a plastic film.
5. After resting the dough for 10-15 minutes, you are now ready to make the falafels. Squash the dough lightly to make small balls. You may apply little oil to your palms if the dough is a little sticky.
6. Once you have shaped our falafel, we put oil in a pan, enough to submerge the falafel completely. Toss the balls in breadcrumbs and fry them for about a minute till they are golden brown. The oil should be medium hot. If the oil is not hot, the falafels will absorb too much oil. And if the oil is too hot, the falafels will burn.
7. Finally, place the falafels on absorbent tissue paper to remove excess oil.
How long does the falafel last?
Remember to store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge so the falafel will last 5-7 days.
Can the falafel be frozen?
Yes, it can be frozen without a problem. It will keep in the freezer for a maximum of 2 months.
How to eat falafel?
Falafel is a delicious recipe that is usually served with vegan yogurt sauce. You can eat it in pita bread or in the form of a dish such as Subz-e-Falafel biryani.
Now, check the part 2 of Subz-e-Falafel biryani recipe to get an idea of how the biryani is assembled.