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Falafel Flatbread | Vegan, gluten free flatbread recipe| Snack idea for kids

Though I don’t feel proud of myself quite often, just looking at this falafel flatbread is making me swell with pride that this is homemade by me. 😍 And how happy I am to share this with all of you as I know you will feel the same emotion when you bake these cute little breads for your family. ❤️

I am part of many facebook food groups and my news feed is always filled with delicious looking food posts by members of various groups (which I why I don’t browse fb when my son sleeps on me during evenings. Looking at fb makes me hungry and I can’t move 😭😭). Other times when I browse, I keep saving posts which attract me and these breads were one among them. As I checked the recipe, it was super easy. So I was so inspired that I made it the next day itself (for my love for falafel specially falafel wraps from our nearby Freshway cafe. Yum! 😋).

And the kids loved the bread so much that it got over and I hardly got a bite. 😄 So after that, these have become a weekly fare at my house for evening snack as the kids love it a lot (kids food preferences rule here 😅). Also did I mention it’s less job for me too. Just grind everything, spread on a plate, dump into the oven. Done! Easy peasy! 😁

Did you notice how beautiful do they look and I loved how the pictures came out too. Here’s one with the tomato plant in our garden filled with different plants (My husband’s babies, his love, his life 😄).

My orange thread also shows up in most of my pictures. It’s actually a prasad from Hanuman temple in Moodbidri near Udupi. I have been a devotee of Hanumanji since a child and used to wear his pendant until marriage. Whenever I feel scared, worried, lost, I hold the thread and feel he is always with me. I also have made a ritual to listen to Hanuman chalisa daily and also chant the Hanuman stothra with my kids before sleeping so that they don’t have bad dreams.

And *like always😬* I deviated from the main topic but I love sharing bits about my personal life with all of you as I consider all my readers, a part of my extended family. Hope you try this flatbread and if you have any doubts, please message me. It will be pleasure to help! ❤️

RECIPE:

Adapted from: CookwithK

Ingredients: { Makes about 4 regular bread sized flat breads}

1/2 Cup dried white Chickpeas

About 20 sprigs of Parsley leaves

About 10 sprigs of Coriander leaves

1 small sized Onion, roughly chopped

3 to 4 Garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1 Green chilly, optional

1/2 tsp Cumin powder

1/4 tsp Pepper powder

1/4 tsp Baking soda

Salt to taste

1/4 Cup + 3 Tbsp Gram flour or Besan

1 Tbsp Oil (I use coconut oil)

Oil for greasing the plate

Step by step recipe:

1. Soak the chickpeas in atleast double the water for 8 to 10 hours. Drain the water.

2. Add the chickpeas along with parsley leaves, coriander leaves, green chilly, onions, garlic, cumin powder, pepper powder, salt and baking soda into a food processor.

3. Grind, pulsing several times till it turns into a coarse grainy mixture. Pour into a bowl. Do NOT add water while grinding.

4. Refrigerate for 30 mins. Then remove and add chickpea flour. Mix well using your hands. It will be a loose mixture and not very firm, but still held together. Also add oil and mix well.

5. Preheat the oven at 200 C for 10 mins. Grease a oven proof plate generously with oil (or use parchment paper). Add this mixture over it and flatten evenly into a thin layer using your fingers as shown.

6. Bake in the center rack of your OTG (or with both rods on or in bake mode of your convectional mode oven) at 200 C for 20 to 25 mins till the edges get brown and the center is not soft, free from raw mixture and cooked well.

7. Now let it cool completely. Cut into squares or rectangles using pizza cutter.

8. While serving, top with cream cheese or hung curd along with pepper powder and add cucumber slices, tomato pieces, parsley leaves and olives. Get creative and garnish as you like!

Notes:

* No need to cook the chickpeas. It is soaked and ground directly with the herbs and spices.

* If you don’t have parsley, substitute with more of coriander leaves.

* I make this even without onion or garlic and it does not make much difference to the texture. So if you don’t eat onion/garlic, you can skip it.

* Be sure to grind the mixture to a coarse mixture and not smooth paste.

* Do NOT add water while grinding.

* It takes me 1/4 Cup + 3 Tbsp Chickpea powder to get the mixture bind perfectly. More chickpea powder might make the flatbread dry. So don’t add more than the mentioned measurement.

* I used coconut oil. You can use any oil that you use.

* Make sure to generously oil the plate so that the flatbread does not stick to it. Or use baking parchment. I always prefer oiling my plate though.

* Don’t keep opening the oven door atleast till 20 mins into the baking time. Mine takes exactly 25 mins to bake perfectly.

* They are dry on the surface but moist and soft inside. Don’t over bake as it can lead it to become hard.

* Topping with cream cheese is our favorite!

* You can also top it with Homemade Hummus or Eggless Mayonnaise. I have shared the recipe on the blog earlier. Garnish with veggies of your choice.

* These flatbread last well at room temperature for couple of days. Mine gets finished off before that by my family.

I have tried to note down as much points as possible so that it’s easy for you all to follow but if you still have any doubts, either comment here or message me on my Facebook page Healthy cooking with mitha or on my Instagram handle and I would be happy to help.

Easy Hummus recipe | Arabic chickpea dip

Hummus has very beautiful memories in my life. It was not something I had eaten before coming here to Qatar but became my instant favourite in Arabic cuisine along with falafel wraps. In fact during both my pregnancies, I used to get such strong cravings for hummus that I used to cry till I got it and poor hubby had to bear all my pregnancy hormonal tantrums 😅.

But when it finally arrived, I used to literally lick it clean. I did not even need any bread with it. Just me, my fingers and creamy hummus. Ah those pregnancy times! 😍

Now since many months, we have not ate out nor ordered in. So I learnt to make hummus and it’s so easy that now I wonder why we used to buy it from outside. Also tastes so delicious as you can alter according to your taste. Hope you all try and love it too.

One note though. Hummus is not for everyone’s tastebuds. My dad did not like it when he came here and we made him taste the storebought one. So if you are making for first time, make in less quantity and see if you like it. Then you can make more. This note is to save myself from your curses in case you don’t like it 😂.

Happy and healthy cooking!!

RECIPE:

Ingredients:

2 Cups dry white Chickpeas/ Kabuli Chana

2 Tbsp white sesame seeds/ Til

4 cloves of Garlic

1 tsp Red chilli powder

Salt to taste

1 Tbsp Lemon juice

1 Tbsp Olive oil

Step by step recipe:

1. Wash well and soak the dry chickpeas overnight or for atleast 6 hours in sufficient water.

2. Drain the soaked water and Pressure cook the chickpeas in enough water to soak it till it turns soft.

Note: It usually takes about 5 whistles in my electric cooking top on high flame.

3. Now dry roast the sesame seeds in a pan on medium flame till it turns light brown. Cool and powder in the mixer.

4. Add drained chickpeas ( save the water), garlic and salt.

5. Now add required amount of cooked chickpeas water and grind into a smooth paste.

6. Add red chilli powder, olive oil and lemon juice and grind again to a smooth paste. I also added little salt as I felt it was less.

7. Garnish with cooked chickpeas and coriander leaves or parsley leaves (optional) and drizzle olive oil again. Serve fresh or chilled.

Notes:

* Make sure the chickpeas is cooked till soft so as to make a creamy hummus.

* Use food processor if you have to grind. Does the job quicker than in mixer.

* If you have storebought tahini (sesame seeds paste), then skip adding sesame seeds. I add because I don’t have tahini.

* Red chilli powder, garlic, lemon juice, salt are to taste and you can make changes as per your taste.

* If you don’t eat garlic, you can skip but garlic gives the authentic flavour to hummus.

* Leftovers can be refrigerated and used when needed.

* I used to serve hummus with kuboos ( Arabic bread) but since lockdown, I bake my own bread and this Semolina Bread is very good with hummus.