Friday, January 8, 2010

Falafel Pita Sandwich

Falafel is a very popular Middle Eastern fast food. Vendors sell it on the street corners not only in Cairo but also in many places, I enjoy having a hot falafel pita sandwich on a chilly day at Times Square, indeed no doubt it's one of my most favorite thing. After having falafel tooooo many times from here and there.....health consciousness stuck me.....HAAAAA ha...not actually me, J:)started bugging me not have it from joints.........so dear friends this is the reason why falafel is here on my blog. Falafel is a fast food but healthy one too. I deep fried falafel, can also make it more healthy by baking them........they also taste good, BUT!!!!! as always the deep fried one taste best............

Ingredients:
  • 1cup dried chickpeas/ garbanzo beans(soaked over night), Can also use canned beans.
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Salt for taste
  • 1/2tsp.freshly ground black pepper
  • oil for deep frying

Method:
Cook the soaked chickpeas until soft, drain the excess water if any, and cool for about 15min., Then add chickpeas to the processor and grind them to a coarse pate(this paste should not be too moist, don't add any water while grinding). Then add chickpeas paste, chopped garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper, flour in a bowl and mix well that all ingredients mix well. You want the result to be a thick paste. Make the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball, slightly flatten and deep fry them on medium heat until golden brown, it takes about 5-7mins., remove them from oil and drain them on a paper towel to remove the excess oil. These falafel can be serve it with Tahini Sauce or Hummus as appetisers, they taste better when they are hot. If you are serving it as a main course for lunch or dinner they can be used in the sandwich, which is healthy, tasty and filling.

Tahini Sauce:

  • 2cups Sesame seeds(lightly roasted in the over of 15mins., on 350F)
  • 1/2cup Sesame oil or Olive oil( I used Olive oil)

Grind them to a fine paste. This paste will be thick and sticky. This can be done before and can be refrigerated for 2months. This Tahini sauce can be found in Asian or Mid Eastern Stores.

Favoring the sauce:

  • 1/2cup Tahini Sauce
  • 1/4cup lemon/lime juice
  • 2cloves garlic chopped finely
  • 1tsp. chopped parsley
  • salt to taste
Mix them together to make flavored Tahini sauce.



Falafel Pita Sandwich:
  • pita bread( I used store bought ones) if looking for home made pita bread click here
  • lettuce
  • sliced onions
  • diced tomatoes
  • pickles of choice(I used pickled Dill and jalapenos)
  • falafel
  • tahini sauce

Heat pita bread on tawa, cut the bread to make a pocket, stuff it with falafel, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, tahini and enjoy the delicious sandwich.

This is going to " Healthy Fast Food Event" by Food for 7 stages of life.

30 yummies:

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

I used to have them in Singapore and India but differs a bit from ur

Vrinda said...

I can't c the image dear,sounds gr8,will check later...

Gulmohar said...

yummy sandwich...looks great

priya said...

sounds interesting and definitely healthy!..nice entry for the event!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

One of my favorite dish, Prasu check out the photos. None of them are getting displayed.

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

yum yum yum!!! wonderful recipe..did not know how to make this sandwitch..will surely try this now!

prasu said...

Thnks yoy A2ZCusine and Vindra for letting me know about pictures....there was some problem on my blog, corrected it now...thankyou once again dear.

San!!! said...

Amazing click,perfect color n a filling dish prasu.

Ramya Manja said...

these are looking so alluring...Sooperb entry...

Rachana Kothari said...

Dear Prasu,
I love Falafels... yummy!!! Nice entry for the event.
Have a great weekend!
Cheers,
Rachana

Siddhi Shirsat said...

hey i love this...i make it sometimes for a chnge... nice tempting pics, feel like grabing ur sandwitchfrom pic:-)

Padma said...

Looks very tempting. Feel like having one :)

Cham said...

Very tempting falafel, love the lettuce bed!

kothiyavunu said...

wow!!sandwich looks & sounds so good..pass the plate...perfect for the event parsu..:)

Pavithra said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm yummy my fav ..looks yummmmy..

Priya said...

Droolworthy falafel pita sandwich, feel like picking that yummyilicious sandwich..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks so yum...

Sushma Mallya said...

Beautiful clicks as always prasu,looks delicious,got to try this one soon

Nandini said...

Lovely sandwich! Looks great.

Soma Pradhan said...

Lovely sandwich..love falafel a lot

Rohini said...

Hmm....Thats one yummy snack for the stupid-chilly weather here..! Wanna have a bite straight from the screen! :)

AshKuku said...

Well made sandwich.....

Ash...
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

Prasu..snp is too tempting dear...i just love to have it now..
:)

Gouri Guha said...

These look tempting indeed...yummy too...

Jagruti said...

Hey prasu

First time on your site...Perfact, nice recipes,pics and thoughts...good work,hmmmm....

falfel is hit in my family any time of the year, i just made last week actually you can visit on my site and see

http://joyofcooking247.blogspot.com
NEWComer in blogging world

Thanks

cheers

Savitharajsspiceland said...

Hey Good one!!we usually love to have this anytime of the day..but a little different from your recipe!!

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

Dear, I would like to share Kreative blogger award with you. Please collect it from my blog!!

Oraphan said...

What a yummy looking sandwich! I love Falafel, thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe!

Pari said...

Hi. I just love this combo and you have made me drool over the platter.

Malar Gandhi said...

OH man, thats a lovely picture...looks gorgeous, crispy and loved your presentation so much. Falafel, a healthy snack...no questions please, simply pass the bowl:):)

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