May 1st, 2008

VwaV Falafel

So last weekend, the boyfriend and I decided to make falafel using the recipe from VwaV. Mind you, we've never made falafel before.

I know I added all of the ingredients. All of them. And waited till the oil was hot in the cast-iron pan, it even made the bubblies she was talking about when I put a tiny bit of the batter in.

But when we put the patties in, they mostly crumbled to bits, and we were left with oil-falafel crumb soup (don't worry, we didn't eat that).

The only way the rest of the batter survived was through us making them as large as hamburger patties. Which wouldn't be that bad, except they didn't cook through, and still fell apart at the edges.

Has this happened to anyone else? The only thing I can think of is that I over-processed the chickpea mix when I put it in the food processor :(

Plantains and Amaranth flour?

Does anyone know of some good recipes that DO NOT INVOLVE FRYING for plantains? I've looked it up but most insist on frying in alot of oil and things like that. Right now the plantains are in the yellow/green stage with maybe a tiny bit of black spots but of course I can wait longer until they become super ripe and sweeter so I am open to any plantain recipe.

Also, I got some amaranth flour on super sale but I have no idea what to do with it or how to use it. I know it is gluten free and only about half of the flour called for in a recipe should be substituted by amaranth but I was just seeing if anyone had any personal experiences with it.

Thanks for your help!