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Recipe – Carrot Falafel

Time – 1 hour – unless you want to soak your own dried chickpeas – then allow another 8 hours for soaking.

Serves – 6 (I made about 25 falafel balls)

Carrot Falafel

Zest of 1/2 lemon, peeled into long strips

20 grams rice, any variety, depending on preference

150 grams dried chickpeas (soaked for 8 hours) or 2 cans (total 800 grams) washed and drained chickpeas.

200 grams carrots, peeled and roughly chopped

1 shallot, or 1/2 a red onion

1 clove garlic, peeled

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon baking powder

handful of parsley leaves

salt and pepper, to taste

vegetable oil, for frying

Place the lemon zest in the TM bowl, along with the rice.  Process for 20 seconds/speed 10.  Add the drained chickpeas, carrots, shallot or onion, garlic, cumin, paprika, baking powder, parsley leaves and salt and pepper, and blend for 10 seconds/speed 6 to form a coarse paste.

Form the falafel mixture into golf ball sized spheres and place them on kitchen paper to dry out for 20 minutes or more.

To cook the falafel, heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan or fry pan.  (Deep or shallow fry are both fine). Cook the balls from a few minutes until crisp and golden brown.  Drain on kitchen paper before serving.

Salad

100 grams carrot, peeled

100 grams fennel

100 grams very crisp pear (no need to peel)

20 grams honey

1 teaspoon fennel seads

handful of mint leaves

30 grams olive oil

20 grams lemon juice

salt, to taste

30 grams currants

100 grams baby spinach, or other salad leaves

Place the carrot, fennel, pear, honey, fennel seeds, mint leaves, olive oil and lemon juice in the TM bowl.  Season and chop for 2 seconds/speed 5.  Scrape down and chop for a further 1 second/speed 5.  Place win a bowl and toss with currants and salad leaves.

Tahini Dressing

200 grams sesame seeds

200 grams Greek Yoghurt

juice of 1 lemon

salt and pepper, to taste

Mill the sesame seeds in the TM bowl for 30 seconds/speed 10.  Scrape down, then add the yoghurt, lemon juice and 50 grams of water.  Mix for 30 seconds/speed 3.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and add more lemon juice or water, if desired.

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2012 in Main meals, Recipes

 

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Carrot Falafel

I had a weekend away and for only the second time I didn’t bring my thermo-baby with me…!  Consequently I suffered major thermomix withdrawal all long weekend, so I had to make up for it today.

The Carrot Falafel appealed to me as I thought it might be a away to get my son to eat chick peas – I’d tried him on falafel before and he screwed his little face right up, but he’s a carrot fan, and I thought it might be a way of making it more appealing for him.  It didn’t, but that’s another story…

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I made the falafel mix this morning about 9.30 and used tinned chickpeas.  I rolled them into balls almost straight away and left them to dry out on the bench for the rest of the day – which they really needed.  I’m not sure if it was the tinned chick pea factor, but it made a fairly wet mixture – and I did over process it, while I was trying to cut down some chinks of carrot that I couldn’t get rid of.  I’ve discovered a trick though – rather than cutting the carrots into chunks, if you cut the carrot in half length ways, and then cut into chunks, it makes for a much more even grate.

I fried them falafel just before my son was due to have his dinner at 5pm, but they were still a little wet and not crunchy, so I popped them in the oven at about 100 degrees for about an hour.  By the time I got to my dinner, they were beautifully crisp and a lovely toasted brown.  I’m wondering if Master 3 might eat them tomorrow – – – I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

I’m a bit of a salad dogder, well – actually, more a fruit dodger to be honest, and the thought of fruit of any description in a salad usually turns me right off, but I was brave and tried the salad with both the pear and the currant.  It was absolutely beautiful, lovely and sweet, but with the tang of fennel also.  I had let it sit in the fridge for an hour or so and I don’t think it did it any harm at all.

The tahini dressing is gorgeous, almost mousey in it’s consistency.  I made the dressing about midday and kept it in the fridge, so it’s a good one to prepare earlier.  I still have quite a bit left, so I’ll see what I can use it on over the coming day or so.  When you scrape down the bowl after blitzing the sesame seeds, make sure you scrape the bottom of the bowl as well, especially around the edges, as when I’d mixed it in and then poured it out, I found a few bits of sesame paste that hadn’t incorporated properly.

All in all, this is a really satisfying dish, which tastes great.  Next time I’ll try with dried chickpeas and soak them for 8 hours before I make it –  and see if that helps the crisp factor.  These would be a great prepare ahead snack for a drinks party, too.

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2012 in Main meals, Recipes

 

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