My obsession with falafel was an unlikely one. It’s certainly not the most appetizing looking thing in the world, has a funny name, and just seemed like a complete venture away from my normal palate. On a whim, I decided to try it at our local Mediterranean restaurant, Petra. The hype had been building as Mediterranean food was becoming more and more prominent and talked about in the foodie world. Plus, I was looking for a good meat alternative option when we ate out.
One bite in and I was wholly and forever hooked. It is so good! I seriously could eat it everyday. And looking back, I guess it wasn’t too far of a stretch after all. It comes in “sandwich” form which I’m obviously obsessed with. It has hummus, which I love. It has cucumbers, which should have signaled its amazing-ness at first sight.
After ordering falafel sandwiches out for awhile, Jeff and I decided it was about time to make it ourselves. The falafel itself is actually pretty simple to make–just chickpeas, onions, parsley, and a few spices. We also used my favorite Trader Joe’s Mediterranean hummus, TJ’s fresh pita bread, and a homemade tzatziki sauce to complete the meal. The falafel is deep fried, so I try not to eat it too often, but it makes for a great weeknight treat!
Falafel Pita Sandwiches Recipe
1 can chickpeas
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted and ground
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup parsley
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons flour
1/2 cucumber, diced
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons greek yogurt
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 small tomato, diced
1/4 cup hummus
1/4 cup lettuce, chopped
Combine all falafel ingredients except the baking soda, flour, and canola oil, in the food processor. Blend until fine, and completely combined.
Remove falafel mixture and place in a small bowl. Add baking soda and flour and mix well.
Form the falafel mixture into balls about 1 inch in diameter.
Heat canola oil in a large pot on the stove. Deep fry each piece of falafel until browned, about 2 minutes. Remove and set aside.
For the tzatziki sauce, place all ingredients in a small bowl and combine.
To assemble the pitas, cut off the top of each pita to form an opening. Spread hummus inside the pita then fill with falafel, tomato, and lettuce. Top with tzatziki sauce.
Time: 20 minutes