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Recipe of the Week: Tamia/Falafel (Sudan)

Global Veg Book coverThe Global Vegetarian Kitchen features more than 100 easy, appetizing recipes and outstanding full-colour images. Whether you grow your own food, source fair trade or buy local, this cookbook starts where you are, offering tips to source local and cook global. 

Yummy falafel!Tamia are similar to falafel. An easy recipe for this great snack or mezze/appetizer that is probably as popular in the West as in the Middle East where it originated.

M A K E S 2 4
Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
1 can garbanzos/chickpeas
2-4 cloves garlic
1 onion
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp coriander seeds
2 tbsp cilantro/coriander, chopped
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 slice bread
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp sesame seeds + 1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp baking powder
salt and pepper

1 Drain the garbanzos/chickpeas and put them in a blender with the garlic, onion, bell pepper, coriander seeds and cilantro/coriander.
2 Pour the lemon juice on a plate and soak the bread in it; then squeeze out any excess liquid. Crumble the bread into the mixture.
3 Stir or blend again, then add flour, the teaspoon of sesame seeds, salt and pepper. Set aside for 10 minutes.
4 When ready, add the baking powder and mix it in well. Adjust the flavoring and seasoning to taste.
5 Take up small amounts and shape with your hands into flattish rounds. Scatter the remaining tablespoon of sesame seeds on the patties and then fry these for 2-3 minutes on each side until lightly browned. Serve with pita bread, salad and yogurt.

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