Easy Dinner Option – Falafels with Pita Pockets

Past few months, me and my husband have engaged in having Easy Food or Easy Khana as Mr.H fondly calls it. Sometimes it may be as easy to prepare as sandwiches or his favorite Maggi noodles and sometimes as elaborate and complicated to cook as Chicken steak, Pizzas, burgers or wraps (in this case, it is not easy dinner for me for sure). Since I enjoy cooking, I don’t mind taking the efforts. You obviously can’t go to the restaurant everyday.

Falafels and Pita Pockets were tried a few months back when I was in Kerala. Not being able to find Pita bread there didn’t stop me. There you can find a bread called Khuboos which is used to make Shawarma (droooolllll). So I picked up 2 packets of that. In most cities you will find pita bread very easily. If not, you can also make regular all purpose flour rotis and still enjoy this awesome preparation.

Falafels

Another thing is the tahini. I was wondering where I could find it only to realize that it was nothing but sesame seeds paste. Sesame is called Tahini in the Mediterranean region. So for the tahini paste all you need to do is grind 5-6 tbsp of sesame seeds with water to get a fine paste.

You can enjoy Falafels with ketchup or stuff them in pita pockets with a tangy salad. Pita pockets with falafels are a meal in itself too.

You definitely can’t go wrong with this if you follow the recipe well.

Ingredients:

For Falafels:

  • 2 cups chick peas soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup tahini paste (quick recipe in the write up above)
  • 7-8 cloves of garlic
  • 4-5 green chillies
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • Salt to taste

For the Tangy Salad:

  • 1 cup Cabbage – finely chopped
  • 1 cup capsicum – chopped in fine juliennes
  • 1 finely sliced onion
  • 1 grated carrot (optional)
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Chat Masala
  • 2 tbsp Ketchup
  • Salt to taste

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • Sat and pepper to taste

4 pita breads slightly toasted.

Method:

  1. In a blender add all the ingredients for falafel to form a coarse paste.
  2. Do not add any water.
  3. Shape this into small size balls and deep fry till golden brown.
  4. Mix all the ingredients for tangy salad in a bowl. You can prepare this in advance for the flavors to be absorbed well. Refrigerate it for a while.
  5. For the sauce, mix mayonnaise, minced garlic, salt and pepper well. You may add some milk if the sauce is too thick.
  6. Now cut the pita bread into half. Each half will form a pocket.
  7. Fill it with a spoon of sauce and add 3-4 falafels to it (depending on the size of the pocket.
  8. Top it with tangy salad. You may add one more spoon of sauce on top.
  9. Serve immediately.
  10. You can also prepare all these and assemble them later.

Comments

  1. Really liked this one! I love falafels since they are easy to make, good for health and so yummy… I tried this for dinner today and my family loved it! Plus it was super easy to make. :)

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