Falafel Pitas with Tahini Sauce
serves about 4 comfortably
What You Need for Falafel Balls:
1 16-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 small yellow onion
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
3/4 tsp salt
pinch of black pepper
small handful (about 1/2 cup) parsley
small handrul (about 1/2 cup) cilantro
1 Tbsp arrowroot powder
1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. whole wheat flour
1/2 cup Panko Japanese breadcrumbs (try to find wheat flour Panko)
Fresh lemon wedges for squeezing over cooked falafel
In a food processor, mix all ingredients except Panko Breadcrumbs and lemons until very smooth. Add the Panko breadcrumbs and pulse to incororate. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a small ice cream scooper (about 1 healping Tbsp.) scoop up balls and place onto the parchment. Place the baking sheet with falafel in the refrigerator to chill for a frew hours if you have time.
Cooking the Falafel:
Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add a few Tbsp. of Olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Place your falafel in the pan and cook for several minutes on each sie to create a brown crispy crust. When done cooking, place on a towel or baking sheet to cool off, and sqeeze a few lemon wedges over them.
If baking your falafel, preheat your oven to 425 degrees and bake for about 20-25 minutes until the falafel balls become crispy on the outside. Squeee fresh lemon wedges over the top when finished baking.
For Falafel Sandwiches:
cooked falafel balls
Whole wheat pitas
microgreens, or sprouts
Tahini Sauce, or your favorite hummus
Cut the pita in half. Sread hummus or drizzle tahini sauce into the pita. Add tomatoes, cucumbers, microgreens or sprouts and 3 falafel balls. You can drizzle a little extra tahini sauce on top if you want. Serve with an extra wedge of lemon on the side.
If serving this to young children:
Serve the sandwich deconstructed. Put some tahini sauce or Hummus in a small dipping container. Serve with all of the ingredients that would go into the sandwich on a plate for them to dip. Kids love this!