Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Vegetarian Indian Falafel Recipe

Day 61.

I love Greek Falafel and I love Indian, when I got black-eyed peas in my CSA box, I dreamed up Indian Falafel. I'm excited about the possibilities here. I'm serving them in naan instead of regular flatbread. I'm drooling a bit thinking about it.

Indian Falafel
Recipe inspired by Crockpot Falafel
10 oz. Black-eyed peas (cooked dry beans is what I used, you could sub canned)
1/2 onion, chopped
2-3 Tbsp. Curry
2 cloves minced garlic
1 egg
2 tsp. House seasoning blend (4 parts kosher salt : 1 part each black pepper and garlic powder)
juice from 1 lime (about 1/4 C)
1/2 to 3/4 C bread crumbs
2 Tbsp. olive oil (for the bottom of your crock)

This is simple, seriously. Put everything but the bread crumbs in the food processor, pulse until it forms a chunky, but smooshable falafel mixture (almost like meatballs). Add the breadcrumbs to make them, ballable? Yeah, so they can form up. Pulse it up. Take that container to your crockpot, squirt olive oil into the bottom of the crock.

Ball up about 10 or so "falafel" balls (about golf-ball sized). Drop em into the crock (you can also turn them in the oil to ensure browning, but I just squirt a bit extra on top).

Cook on high for 2-5 hours (I usually do 3-3.5). The falafels are done when they turn brownish-golden. You can flip them halfway through the cooking time if you feel like it, but they will brown on top even without flipping.

Serve with yogurt sauce or tzatziki. I made a tzatziki yogurt sauce with Greek yogurt, cucumbers, dill and House seasoning.
The Results
Oh. My. Falafel. Best randomly smooshed together creation. Ever. This would probably be great with chickpeas and the curry instead of the usual Greek spices, also. Seriously good though. It's kind of meatier texture-wise than regular falafel, because the black-eyed peas are stronger than chickpeas. Maybe next New Year's Day we'll have this meal instead of Hoppin' John.

What's your favorite "fusion" dish? That sounds snooty and hipster, but there's really not a better word for it other than "dish that mixes up two cultures into one meal." 

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  1. As a black eyed pea lover this looks delicious. Thank you for sharing and have a great week!

  2. Oh my - I have some black eyes peas and this would be the PERFECT thing to use them for!

  3. Love the blog! I'm a new follower, found you at It's a Keeper. So excited to read more and try your recipes. Love the new year's resolution. Check out our family's new year's resolution on our blog if you get a chance.

    ~Jess @

  4. I just love falafel, but have never made them myself. I love them in a whole-wheat pita with some tzatziki. Mmmmmm.... Thank you so much for sharing with Cookbook Sundays and I hope you'll come back next month. Enjoy your day!

  5. Stopping by from Cookbook Sundays, to say hello and let you know this looks delicious! I love this, great idea and good food! thanks for sharing.

  6. Clicking over from Cookbook Sunday. This recipe looks awesome, can't wait to try it. Love the blog!