Thursday, June 20, 2019

Halal Cart Style Falafel Over Rice

If you are from New York and nearby areas, you know that NYC is full of food carts, serving different kinds of food, from hot dogs to Dosa, to falafel to Biryani to BBQ to desserts to Empanadas, you can find anything and everything there. But my favorite is Falafel carts, even you are not eating there and just passing by, the fragrance of food craves you to just stop and have it. I love to eat this whenever I get a chance to. For some people it's not hygienic, some it's religious issues, some you are in another part of the world where that is not possible so why not to make it at home and enjoy it. You can make falafel by frying or just baked, it's your choice. Just make rice and sauces and salad and you are all set.

Ingredients : 

Authentic Falafel Balls - Fried

Baked Falafel Balls

For Rice : 

1 cup Rice
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/4 tsp ground cumin
2 and a half cups Vegetable Broth
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For White Sauce : 

1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 tbsp sugar
1tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped parsley/cilantro/dill leaves
Salt and pepper as per taste

In a bowl, combine mayo, yogurt, sugar, lemon juice, greens, and black pepper. Whisk to combine all the ingredients and add the salt as per the taste.

For Hot Sauce 

5-6 dried red chilies
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tsp olive oil
salt to taste
2 cloves garlic

Mix it with little water in a blender until it gets sauce consistency

To serve : 

Lettuce leaves chopped
 red onions, cucumber, Tomatoes

Method :

Cooked the falafel with your preferred method.

For rice, melt the butter in the pan, add turmeric and cumin and mix it in the butter. add the rice and stir to coat. Toast the rice while continuously stirring.

Add Vegetable broth, season with salt and pepper. Raise the heat and bring it to boil. Once its boil, lower the flame and cover and let it simmer and cook for 15 minutes without touching.

Check after 15 minutes, if its still not done , add little water and cook it.

Remove from the heat and let it cool.

To serve , in a bowl, make one layer of rice, spread falafel bowl over the rice. On one side of the dish , put all the salad ingredients and drizzle both sauces on top of it. enjoy the NYC food at your home.


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