Crispy Falafel on Jewelled Pilaf
with Tomato-Cucumber Salad and Raita
Crispy falafel sit atop an aromatic pilaf delicately flavoured with Mediterranean spices and naturally sweetened with raisins. The tomato-cucumber side salad adds a refreshing bite and a cucumber raita is the perfect dipper!
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Moroccan Spice Blend
Vegetable Broth Concentrate
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Before starting, wash and dry all produce. Peel, then cut onion into 1/4-inch pieces. Halve tomatoes. Using a box grater, grate half a cucumber (1 cucumber for 4 ppl). (TIP: Use the side of the grater with the largest holes!) Cut remaining cucumber into 1/2-inch rounds. Finely chop cilantro. Juice half the lemon (whole lemon for 4 ppl).
Heat a medium pot over medium-high heat.When hot, add 1 tbsp (2 tbsp) butter, then swirl the pot until melted.Add onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions soften slightly, 1-2 min.Sprinkle Moroccan Spice Blend over onions. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 30 sec.Add rice, peas, raisins, broth concentrate, 1/4 tsp (1/2 tsp) salt and 1 1/3 cups (2 2/3 cups) water. Bring to a boil over high.Once boiling, reduce heat to low. Cover and cook until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, 13-15 min.Remove the pot from heat. Set aside, still covered.
Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat.When hot, add 1 tbsp oil, then falafel. (NOTE: Don't overcrowd the pan. Cook in batches for 4 ppl if needed, using 1 tbsp oil per batch.)Pan-fry until golden-brown, 4-5 min per side. Add another 1/2 tbsp oil to the pan after flipping falafel.
Meanwhile, pat grated cucumber dry with paper towels. Add grated cucumber, yogurt, half the cilantro and half the lemon juice to a small bowl. Season with salt, then stir to combine.
Whisk together remaining lemon juice and 1/2 tbsp (1 tbsp) oil in a medium bowl.Add tomatoes and cucumber rounds. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, then toss to combine.
Fluff pilaf with a fork, then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Divide pilaf, falafel and salad between plates. Sprinkle remaining cilantro over pilaf. Serve cucumber raita alongside for dipping.