I love spicy food. I love food with a strong punch of flavor. A well made falafel satisfies that craving for me…every time. So when I crave a falafel sandwich…I go to the best place in Fairfield County: Layla’s Falafel in Stamford.
One bite off of their falafel sandwich – and I am in heaven! It’s like an explosion of flavors. I always ask them to add some hot sauce when they make mine. That heat of the hot sauce along with the calming yet a bit tangy flavor of the sesame based tahini sauce, and soft textures of the falafel balls paired with the crunchiness of the diced veggies all rolled into one wrap – is like a party in my mouth.
Another delicious item on their menu is Baba Ghanoush. If you have ever tried Baba Ghanoush, you know that it has that amazing smoky flavor. It’s because the eggplants are roasted on an open fire until the outside is charred and inside is soft and mushy. The peel is then taken off, and Baba Ghanoush is made with addition of diced onions, tomatoes, garlic, dash of lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
A very similar dish is made in Indian households as well. It’s called Baingan Ka Bharta. Same idea with cooking it… except Indians will add some diced green chillies and chopped coriander leaves to turn up the volume.
TIP: Roasting an eggplant can be a very messy and time-consuming job. So, I was very excited to find that Layla’s Falafel sells these roasted eggplants to anyone who wants to make their own Baba Ghanoush or Baingan Ka Bharta or whatever else takes their fancy. I have to say that the smoky flavor in their eggplant is right on.
If you buy some roasted eggplants and try your own recipes I would love to hear about them. Do be sure to post a comment.
Layla’s Falafel conveniently has 3 locations. Check out their URL for more… http://www.laylasfalafel.com/