Falafel in Pita with Yogurt Sauce

Posted: April 8, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Bread, Sandwiches
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I am introduced to many cuisines after coming to US, one of which is mediterranean cuisine. Middle Eastern cuisine is known for its versatility, interesting ingredients and flavorful spices which is so much like Indian cuisine.The spices, the veggies, the flavors reminds me that I am having something Indian. Also, mediterranean cuisine is considered to be one of the healthiest cuisine.

Falafel is a fritters made from coarsely ground chick peas and this is usually served in pita bread as sandwich with some veggies and sauce. Falafel can also be served as a snack. Falafel pita sandwich is also considered to be street food of middle eastern countries and is a national dish of Israel.You can make falafel by baking if you counting on calories but I think it tastes great when its fried…:-)

Falafel and Pita Sandwich

Falafel and Pita Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, devined and chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 dried bread crumbs
  • salt to taste
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 4 pita bread
  • Shredded lettuce,
  • sliced tomatoes, sliced seedless cucumbers ,thinly sliced red onion

For yogurt sauce

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • fresh coriander leaves, chopped

In a small bowl combine yogurt, coriander leaves, salt, pepper, cumin powder and red chilli powder. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Method:

  • Soak the chick peas overnight and the next morning drain the same and rinse throughly.
  • Cook the chickpeas with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder in pressure cooker for about 6-7 minutes or until its slightly tender. Cool and drain the same.
  • Put the cooked chickpeas in a food processor and pulse to coarsely grind, stopping to scrape the sides . Also, there shouldn’t be any whole chickpeas remaining.
  • Transfer the chickpeas in a large mixing bowl, add baking powder, chopped onion, crushed garlic cloves, grounded cumin powder, coriander powder, red pepper flakes, chopped red bell pepper, green chillies, coriander leaves, lemon juice and salt to taste. Mix everything together. Add bread crumbs to the mixture so it holds together and can be shaped in desired forms. You can add more or less bread crumbs as needed.
  • Heat oil for deep-frying in heavy bottom skillet.
  • Roll the falafel mixture into small size balls, use an ice cream scoop to get them exactly in same sizes.
  • Carefully drop a few at a time into the hot oil, making sure they don’t stick to the bottom. Fry until the chickpeas fritters are a dark brown on all sides, turning as needed. Drain on a platter lined with paper towels.
  • Warm pita bread on both the sides, cut the same into halves to make pockets and put 3 fried falafel into each. Drizzle with the yogurt sauce and layer with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers. Serve immediately.
Falafel and Pita Sandwich

Falafel and Pita Sandwich

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Comments
  1. wow….looks gorgeous!!! Very appetizing!!!

  2. Raks says:

    Looks very tempting,yummy recipe!

  3. aipi says:

    I love it very much- and this looks really professional well made!
    Nice shots..

    US Masala

  4. Deepa says:

    This really looks a healthy way to treat myself. Excellent pics.
    Have shared few awards with you, please accept these
    Deepa

  5. nammi says:

    yumm, love falafel!!!

  6. Reeni says:

    I love falafel – one of my favorite things in the whole world! Looks wonderfully delicious!

  7. biny anoop says:

    hey ………dats a great recipe……………..i have some surprise for u in my space

  8. Kankana says:

    We both love falafel a lot and Arvind has been asking me to try making this at home for a long time now. 🙂 I am going to save this recipe and try making it this week! Will let ya know ..

  9. sharmi says:

    waw that is so tempting! beautiful clicks! Never tasted this:)

  10. These looks absolutely fantastic Suman….your falafel balls are the bomb and looks absolutely tempting nestled in the pita bread with fresh dalad….oh I so want some 🙂

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  11. Padhu says:

    Looks awesome and as usual lovely pictures

  12. Mary says:

    Your photos are terrific and your recipe sounds like it will make delicious falafel. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  13. Sutapa says:

    Looks tempting and irresistible!

  14. Mmm I adore falafel and yours look just perfect! Now I just need a napkin to catch the drool 8).

  15. sonia says:

    Suman, this is looking so good, cant wait to give it a shot !

  16. Lovely presentation !!!

  17. Joyti says:

    Your falafel balls look really good – nice and light and crunchy. The pita sandwich must have been delicious…

  18. Malar Gandhi says:

    Awesome, simply out of this earth

  19. Nithu says:

    Looks perfect. I love falafel sandwich.

  20. lovely presentation suman, the falafel looks finger-licking good! pass the platter please!

  21. Joanne says:

    Falafels are by far one of my favorite Middle Eastern dishes and this looks FANTASTIC! They also come out really well when you bake them!

  22. Ramya says:

    What an amazing clicks and perfectly shaped falafels..
    Thank u 4 stopping by my space and leaving such lovely comments..
    U have a great collection here..!! happy to stay tuned to ur space and get to know more n more amazing recipes..

  23. Kaveri says:

    falafel looks delicious…1st time to your space…you have a yummy collection of recipes…love to follow you..

  24. kshipra says:

    This looks delicious and something new and exciting.

  25. Simply Life says:

    YUM! This is one of my favorite things to eat!!! Looks perfect!

  26. Perfect shaped balls and looks so yummy!

  27. 100% agreed…..deep fried ones are more juicy than baking. Falafal looks so cute and perfect.

  28. How can you not love something deep fried and made into a sandwich? 🙂 I much prefer homemade falafel to eating ’em at a restaurant because they’re just so fresh right off the stove 🙂

  29. Love these falafels!

  30. Sonali says:

    wow…loved the recipe dear…looks so yummy….I’m seriously drooling over these pics !

  31. Nicole, RD says:

    I LOVE falafel…looks delicious!

  32. Wow that looks like a super delicious platter, Suman – Lovely presentation! two thumbs up dear 🙂

  33. Healthy and delicious,perfect meal,love the yogurt sauce..

  34. Rosa says:

    That looks just sooooo good! I love felafel sandwiches. Your recipe is wonderful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  35. flavourful delicious looks healthy too

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