Taste of the Mediterranean

Whenever we think of Mediterranean dishes we always think of their freshness, and how they are essentially a taste of summer in your mouth. Mediterranean seasoning consists of basil, black pepper, coriander, cumin, garlic, lavender, oregano, rosemary, saffron, sage and so many more. This delightful mix makes adding it to any recipe incredibly unique and suddenly that more flavorful meanwhile you get all the benefits of consuming these spices. Check out our earliest posts to learn more about the health benefits that come with eating these spices.

 

For a delicious taste of the Meditternaen from home try out this delicious Falafel dish.

Ingredients:

2 cups dried chickpeas (Do NOT use canned or cooked chickpeas)

½ tsp baking soda

1 cup fresh parsley leaves, stems removed

¾ cup fresh cilantro leaves, stems removed

 ½ cup fresh dill, stems removed

1 small onion, quartered 7-8 garlic cloves peeled

Atlantic Sea Salt to taste

1 tbsp ground black pepper

1 tbsp ground cumin

1 tbsp ground coriander

1 tsp cayenne pepper

Silk Route Spice Company Mediterranean Seasoning to taste

Instructions:

Begin one day in advance by placing the dried chickpeas and baking soda in a large bowl filled with water to cover the chickpeas by at least 2 inches. Soak overnight for 18 hours When ready, drain the chickpeas completely and pat them dry. 

Next add the chickpeas, herbs, onions, garlic and spices to the large bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade. Run the food processor 40 seconds at a time until all is well combined forming the falafel mixture. Transfer the falafel mixture to a container and cover tightly. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or (up to one whole night) until ready to cook. Just before frying, add the baking powder and sesame seeds to the falafel mixture and stir with a spoon. Scoop tablespoonfuls of the falafel mixture and form into patties (½ inch in thickness each). It helps to have wet hands as you form the patties. Fill a medium saucepan 3 inches up with oil. Heat the oil on medium-high until it bubbles softly. Carefully drop the falafel patties in the oil, let them fry for about 3 to 5 minutes or so until crispy and medium brown on the outside. Avoid crowding the falafel in the saucepan, fry them in batches if necessary. Place the fried falafel patties in a colander or plate lined with paper towels to drain. Finally, serve the falafel hot next to other small plates; or assemble the falafel patties in pita bread with tahini or hummus, arugula, tomato and cucumbers. Add Silk Route Spice Company Mediterranean Seasoning to taste and enjoy!