Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Falafel Fix

Sometimes I just crave a falafel - chick peas, cilantro. parsley, cumin......pita bread, tahini sauce, hot sauce, lettuce, tomato... yum..... I like the adapted recipe from Cheap, Healthy, Good. Super easy, healthy and saves gas - since I don't have any Middle Eastern restaurants nearby!

As adapted from Cheap, Healthy Good (love the blog!)

Falafel Hot SauceRecipe courtesy of "Recipes for an Arabian Night" by David Scott

About 2 cups canned tomatoes
Juice of 1 lemon
3 cloves garlic, put through a garlic press
1 Tbs. finely chopped parsley
1 tsp. brown sugar
Chili sauce to taste (1/2 tsp. makes a mild sauce; 1 tsp., a hot one)
Salt to taste
Put all the ingredients into a small, heavy pan, bring to the boil, and simmer uncovered until the tomatoes break up (about 30 minutes). Adjust the seasoning and allow to cool. Makes 2 cups.
From "Recipes for an Arabian Night" by David Scott

Tahini Sauce by Saad Fayed (About.com)
1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon parsley, finely chopped (optional)
Preparation:In a food processor or mortar and pestle combine garlic and tahini. Add kosher salt. Remove from food processor and add olive oil and lemon juice. If too thick, add a teaspoon of warm water until desired consistency. Mix in parsely. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Note: the first time I made tahini sauce, I thought that I did something wrong because it didn't come together nicely - all separated. Just keep adding water until it comes together and is a nice saucy consistency.

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