Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Baked Falafel Sandwich

Wow ! I got 10,000 hits. I know you guys have crossed this mark long time ago. When I started this blog I was thinking at half ways what going to be first, 10,000 hits or 100 post and around 83rd post I hit 10,000 hits. Thank you so very much all. Now back to the recipe.

Me and my husband both love falafel.That was our Friday lunch when we both used to work seems like decade ago. Near to our work place there was one falafel guy who makes such a good dish that we have to stand in the line to get it. But still we stood there and enjoyed our lunch in nearby park. After kids I missed those days and falafel too. I used to make it with ready made box but it turns out very dry and frying them it's a mess. House smells like with frying food and its not healthy and above all not at all happy with the final outcome. so I find this recipe from Food Network and after that my falafel balls comes out crispy and moist and we enjoy our diner too. This balls you can fry it too or bake it just like I did it. Make sure you turned them so it becomes crunchy from all the side.

2 cups dried chick peas
1 small onion
3-4 thai chilies or adjust your spice level as per your taste
3 big cloves of garlic
2 handfuls of Flat leaf parsley (If you dont find parsley you can use cilantro.)
1 tsp baking powder
salt as per taste
1 lime juice
oil for frying
6 Whole wheat pita
Tahini sauce, hot sauce, sliced onion, cucumber, tomato, lettuce

Serves : 4 people.


Soak chick peas in big pan with enough water for whole night.

Next day, rinse thoroughly.

Put soaked chickpeas in food processor  with onion, garlic, chilies, baking powder , parsley,salt. Pulse it till it becomes nice crumbliness in texture , you have to make puree out of it.

Transfer it to bowl and adjust the seasoning. Leave it aside for 30-40 minutes.

This point you can decide if you want to bake it or fry it. if frying it heat oil in deep pot and make golf size balls and fry it on medium heat until it's well done from all over. Remove and put it on paper towel.

If baking it heat up oven at 375 F. and spray it baking dish and put balls in it. spray the balls also and bake it from all side for 15-20 minutes and or its cook from all over.
you can make it 25-27 balls from this mixture.
Now assemble time.
spread for falafel

spread for falafel

Take pocket pita and put two falafel balls inside, drizzle tahini sauce, hot sauce on it. add onion, tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce, cooked chickpeas if you like. Serve it immediately.

Final Dish. 
Hot sauce
5-6 dried red chilies
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tsp olive oil
salt to taste
2 cloves garlic
Mix it with little water in blender until it gets sauce consistency.

Inspired from here.

You can use green dry chick peas also instead of white.

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  1. love the baked version, looks delicious :)

  2. Many congratulations dear! That is such a great mark to hit in so little time. All the best. May you many more such celebrations. :)

  3. Congrats on success dear...and wish all the best for future...loved your baked version of falafel..makes it more healthy..

  4. Congratulation for ur success hits. Very healthy version of falafel.

  5. Congratulations!! Loved your falafel, no wonder your family enjoys it

  6. interesting recipe dear looks so inviting too :)

  7. Loving the baked version... And congrats on ur hits dear...

  8. Congrats on reaching the milestone dear..
    Falafel looks delicious and healthy.. It is on the must try list for long.. :)

  9. Falafal looks delicious and crunchy. Thnx for linking it up Linsey

  10. Congratulations n wish u many more Hits in future..Keep going!
    Falafel looks very delicious n inviting, loved this healthy version...

  11. Tempting falafel,yummy gorgeous..Congrats on the hits!!
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  13. Wow....looks great....:-) :-) :-)


  14. Delicious! We love Mediterranean food too and this is my favorite :) Lovely presentation!

  15. tempting and inviting recipe... .

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  16. filafel sandwich all time our family favorite

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  18. Congratulations on your 10 000 hits:) great going, to get that on 83 posts only... love this post; a healthier non-fried version of a favourite!

  19. They look just like the fried ones. Good one. And congrats

  20. Congrats! This is lovely. I cannot fry as I start coughing so this is ideal for us. Thanks for linking Could you also add a link to Pari's place?

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  22. This is really yummy treat and healthy too. I love falafel, they are distant cousin of our vada. Thanks for sharing Favorite recipes event: Lentil/Legume/Beans

  23. Love falafel. Thx for linking the healthy dish.

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  24. Congrats on 10K :)
    Thanks for linking one of my fav dishes to the event.
    Absolutely delightful.

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  26. We love falafel too..your baked version looks amazing.. Too good dear..

  27. lovely........idea to try it out shortly


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