Since this is the time to greet and meet the ghosts and the witches of this universe and perhaps visitors from another universe too, the food served has to be just right for the occasion.
To start with, there are falafels! Served in warm soft pita breads, with grilled aubergine, oily hummus, spicy tomato sauce or even harissa, lots of pickled veg! Hard not to like, huh? Who said Halloween had to be all about sweet stuff? I love falafels and now you find them in just about every corner of the world. Phew! I cannot mention falafels and not share with you my favourite recipe. Here goes:
- 250 g dry or 400 g canned chickpeas
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon powdered red chilli
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- 1 big garlic clove, crushed
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 flat teaspoon salt
- 1 boiled potato
- oil for deep-frying (or you can skip this and bake them instead! but, I do think they turn out a lot drier when baked)
- If you have dry chickpeas, start by soaking them overnight in cold water and boiling the next day.
- If you have canned chickpeas you can start the preparation straight away.
- Put all the ingredients (apart from oil of course) in a food processor and mix them very well to a coarse, but homogeneous paste.
- Ensure the mixture is dry. If not, sauté it in a dry pan for 4 – 5 minutes, until all the moisture has gone.
- Heat the oil – check by throwing a little of the falafel paste and if the oil is ready, it should come to the surface straight away.
- Form small balls with your hands, the size of golf balls and fry them until golden-brown.
Serve them on non-Halloween days in a pitta bread with pickled veg, tahini sauce and even mayonnaise. However, for Halloween, there is nothing that a little ketchup can’t fix 🙂 Happy shrieking and ‘getting scared’ day people!
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Did you get around to creating these in your kitchen or just got busy with your children, visiting neighbours for ‘trick or treat’? Tell us all…