Yep, that's right, the radical rapper duo Dead Prez provided the spark for tonight's dinner! I was lucky enough to see 'em up close and personal at Harvest of Hope this past weekend, along with a ton of other sweet music (Dr. Dog! Mountain Goats!! Broken Social Scene!!!), and their performance was absolute purrfection. As soon as they came on, the sky opened up and it poured rain for the large part of the set, which definitely added to the intensity.
So anyway, they didn't play this song, but it's one of my favorites and upon listening, I think you'll hear where I first heard of the dish we made tonight:
Stic.man has been a vegan for 11 years! And, to my incredible delight, I also learned his wife wrote Vegan Soulfood Guide to the Galaxy, a cookbook that's been on my list for a while. So much inspiration!!
Okay, finally, here it is.
Doesn't it seem to say, "EAT ME!"?
1 box Fantastic Falafel Mix
1 1/4 cups water
1 heaping teaspoon red curry paste
1/2 inch of canola oil in a large skillet
Stir up the mix with water and curry paste, let it sit for 10 minutes, then roll into little balls. Heat up the canola oil, then fry those little buggers up until browned and crispy on the outside. Transfer them to a plate with a paper towel to soak up the excess oil.
We ate this EASY little creation on Chapati by Halie (my roommate's GF version of this that happens to sound like a perfume), schmeared with hummus, dappled with red onion and sprinkled with sprouts. DELISH!