falafel

Falafel

The roots of the Falafel are in Egypt. Originally Falafel was prepared from fava beans, but today,

Falafel is mostly prepared from chickpeas.

Falafel was served as a meat substitute in holidays which prohibited the eating of meat. Main reasons being that nutritionally chickpeas, like meat, are rich in protein and B12 vitamin, but with the advantage of falafel balls devoid of cholesterol

Recipe for falafel:

1/2 pound dried chickpeas

4 cloves of garlic

1 onion

1/2 bunch parsley

1/2 bunch cilantro

1 green chili pepper

Tablespoon cumin

Tablespoon salt

 

Leave the chickpeas overnight soaked in cold water.

Filter the water and grind chickpeas in a meat grinder machine or in a food processor together with the remaining ingredients. Mix/grind until the mixture get smooth and consistent texture and the color become greenish.

Taste the mass and correct the seasoning if necessary.

Create balls and fry in deep oil for few minutes until brown and crispy layer is created around the ball.

Chef recommendations: you can add beetroot in order to get nice red falafel, or create yellow falafel by adding cumin.

The falafel gets even better when served with tahini sauce. You can find Tahini in supermarkets around the city…

Enjoy and come to tell us how your Falafels were…

street_food

Street food interesting details

Street food is ready-to-eat food or drink sold in a street or other public place, such as a market or fair, by a hawker or vendor, often from a portable food booth, food cart, kiosk, or food truck. While some street foods are regional, many are not, having spread beyond their region of origin. Most street foods are also classed as both finger food and fast food, and are cheaper on average than restaurant meals. According to a 2007 study from the Food and Agriculture Organization, 2.5 billion people eat street food every day.

Street food eaten many times standing or even while walking, although some places, like A Tu Bola, are offering few seats

So if every once in a while you are unable to find a free table at A Tu Bola, bear in mind that standing at the bar might also be a great experience with our food…

Typically Street food can be eaten by hand, without the need for plates or even cutlery (other than a bag which held food), and when utensils are necessary, such as a fork or spoon, most likely it will be disposable dishes.

At A Tu Bola, we serve our food on proper plates and with a silver utensils, but we maintain the other attributes of street food

Among the famous street food are warm corn tortilla, pizza, hot dog, sweet cotton candy, chestnut noodles stir-fried fries, skewers and insects

If you ask me what my favorite street food, you know what my answer will be… See you all in C/Hospital 78.

tomatoes

Tomatoes

At A Tu Bola we love tomatoes and we combine them in many of our dishes, so we thought to share some interesting facts with you:

Botanically the tomato is a fruit but it is treated as a vegetable for culinary definition because it does not tend to sweetness.

We eat the tomatoes fresh, cooked, fried, dried, pickled and more…

The naming of the tomato is also the apple of love in the Greek culture that was considered as a way of Afrodizm.

In Spain, the traditional Tomato War is held every year, where people are throwing over a hundred tons of tomatoes on each other. Unique experience… for those of you that didn’t try it, we warmly recommend it!

You will be amazed to know that there are about 5000 species of different tomatoes!!!

And now a few tips from me:

  1. Smoked tomatoes – To get strong smoky flavor, burn it on an open fire until you reach a seared and black shell. To get delicate smoky flavor, place the tomatoes on cast-iron skillet and grill it in the oven. In both cases, after the first stage put it in a plastic bag to be sweaty and then peel.
  2. Sharpness test for knife blades are often made by cutting a tomato. Although its shell is very thin, it is very resistant to cut