Sunday, 12 October 2014

Peanut & Tamarind Falafels for National Curry Week

 The Spice Tailor sauce range
 The Spice Tailor chutni rangeAs you may have realised, my family all love Indian food. So we were excited to find out that Anjum Anand's The Spice Tailor range has now been extended to include a delicious array of curry sauces plus a tasty selection of chutnis. I've been testing out the whole range on my family over the past couple of weeks and they've been really impressed how tasty and authentic the sauces are. I've also loved how quick and easy they are to use.

I've been experimenting with different variations of falafels lately and decided to come up with an Indian-inspired version for National Curry Week, using The Spice Tailor products. I used two varieties from the new chutni range, which are a delicious addition to almost any Asian meal, either as a condiment or as an ingredient.

Makes 12
  • 1 tin of chickpeas, drained
  • 5 tbsp Spice Tailor peanut & tamarind chutni
  • 1 large clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1-2 tsp chilli paste/ hot chilli sauce
  • 1-2 slices of wholemeal bread, made into breadcrumbs
Peanut & Tamarind Falafels

Put all of the ingredients, except the breadcrumbs, into a food processor and blend for a minute or so. Scrape the ingredients down from the sides of the bowl and repeat until you have a fairly smooth mixture.
Add just enough breadcrumbs to form a fairly stiff, but not dry, mixture.
Roll into 12 balls and flatten slightly.
Chill in the fridge for around half an hour.

Heat 2 tbsp of vegetable oil in a large frying pan, on a medium heat.
Cook the falafels for around 4-5 minutes on each side until lightly browned.

Wrap in a chapatti with salad and your favourite dip, sauce or chutney; I served mine with onion salad and mint sauce:

Onion salad
  • 1 tsp Spice Tailor mint leaf chutni
  • 1 small onion, halved and very finely sliced
  • 1" cucumber, halved, deseeded and finely sliced
Indian mint sauce
  • 1 tbsp Spice Tailor mint leaf chutni
  • ½ cup natural or vegan plain yogurt
  • a pinch of sugar, optional
The Spice Tailor range is available from most major UK supermarkets and online.
I received a selection of complimentary products from The Spice Tailor to review and to use in recipe development. All views expressed are my own and those of my family.
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  1. Oh that looks so mouthwatering!!
    You know, I've been a vegetarian for almost six years and I have yet to try curry. :(

    1. Thanks Adi. You must try making a curry soon to find out what you're missing out on! This is a nice easy one to start off with:

  2. Wow sounds yummy! I've never tried to make falafels. Now I must try! I need some chilli in my diet to warm me up as my house is sooo cold today!

    1. After you've made your own, you won't want to buy ready made ones again. They're really easy to make and cheap too!

  3. Felafel is our national dish here in Israel so there are always trendy felafel shops offering 'designer felafel.' I've never come across curry felafel though. It sounds great.

    1. Thanks Rachel. I noticed some falafel shops in Amsterdam when we were there, but haven't seen any in the UK yet.


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