Falafel Bao

Falafel Bao

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Recipe by: Goody Kitchen

  • 6 Persons
  • 30 Minutes
  • Easy Recipe

Serving Size

  • Season to Taste

  • 1

    For the bao, combine the warm water, milk, yeast, sugar and oil in a large bowl. Whisk to well, then leave to stand for 10 minutes.

  • 2

    Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a separate bowl.

  • 3

    Add the yeast mixture to the flour. Using an electric whisk with
    a dough hook, slowly incorporate all the ingredients together then increase the speed to medium and beat for 3 to 4 minutes, until the dough is soft and elastic.

  • 4

    Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 2 hours or until the dough triples in size.

  • 5

    Tip onto a work surface dusted with flour and roll out to a thickness of 2.5cm. Cut the dough into 16 circles using a 9cm round cutter.

  • 6

    Lightly brush the dough circles with oil and fold in half to form a half moon shape.

  • 7

    Line a steamer with baking parchment and add the bao. Cover with the lid and leave to rise 30 minutes.

  • 8

    Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and set the steamer on top. Cover and steam for 8-12 minutes, until soft.

  • 9

    Pulse the falafel, add chickpeas, spring onion, garlic, herbs, salt, cumin, coriander, cardamom, cayenne, black pepper and baking powder together in a food processor until finely minced. Pulse the until very finely minced scraping the bowl down as necessary – the mix should hold its shape when pressed together.

  • 10

    Transfer the falafel mix to a bowl, cover and keep in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to firm up.

  • 11

    Form the falafel mix into rounds using approximately 11/2 tablespoons per ball. Arrange on a baking tray and return to the fridge for 1 hour.

  • 12

    Set a high-sided pan with the oil over a medium high heat. Leave to warm for 5 minutes. 13 Once hot, add the falafel to the pan in bathes and fry for 4 minutes, until golden brown all over.

  • 13

    Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with kitchen paper. 15 To assemble, spread the bao with garlic mayonnaise and fill with the falafel, cucumber and coriander.