Banana Blossom Falafel Patty with Vegan Spreads
Healthier plant based (meatless) patty is a simple fusion of Mediterranean Falafel and Indian Banana Blossom Vada/ vazhaipoo vadai reformed into these gratifying vegan patty. The earthy combination of legumes, blossoms and greens will keep you full and happy. It is sure to please both vegetarians and omnivores alike.
These baked patties are packed with protein, fiber and minerals that's good for you with every substantial bite. Moreover, the satisfaction of adding a bonus serving of all these vegan goodies to your loved ones is incomparable. I'm not a vegan yet, but slowly transforming into one with tasty and healthier options.
Versatile and flavorful chickpeas (garbanzo beans) patties are crispy on the outside yet deliciously moist and tender enough that it wouldn't fall apart. Bread crumbs is added to the mixture to absorb moisture and the potatoes act as a binding ingredient in order to hold the patty well. Skipped the egg white and the flour batter to coat the patties.
No hard and fast rules here; just stick in any of your favorite greens that you have handy. These patties are stupendous on toasted sourdough or simply wrap them in a warm pita/ flatbread. Watching your carbs or wanna keep it gluten-free? Chard, lettuce or blanched cabbage can be a better alternative to wrap up your goodies.
The banana blossom I recieved online wasn't fresh enough to take a close shot of it. The process of cleaning the blossom isn't difficult at all. Removed the outer bracts and seperate the florets. Discard the pistil/ stigma as its bitter. Each florets has 6 stigma, to identify the pistil look for the one with a head. Pick and discard it and you'll be good to go. The scalelike calyx is edible so you don't have to remove it. once you have removed all of the pistils; rinse and soak the florets in buttermilk to retain its color. I skipped it as my blossom was already discolored but truly edible.
My Ninja Foodi came in handy for convenience to bake these goodies. You may bake in your conventional oven, airfryer or shallow fry them in your skillet on low-medium heat (covered) for the patties to cook through.
These seriously satisfying patties might keep you away from going for seconds as its so filling. Easiest would be to freeze the leftover patties for another weekday's healthy yet fast food meal. On the other hand, I went a step further and converted them into South Indian Vada Curry. Baked falafel patties were cut lengthwise and dunk in a tasty curry accentuated with Indian spices and masala. I like to add a small quantity of homemade hummus or cooked dal as a thickening ingredient to my curry.
Hummus and Avocado salsa verde spread makes a lovely touch with its flavors. The recipes are additions that you can opt to prepare them in just a split second. My spreads are delicious and quite chunky as I'm kinda texture snob ;) You can also go with the readily available tzatziki sauce which I skipped today to keep it vegan.
Kick off your meatless days with these hearty patties we absolutely adore.