Falafel with Pita Bread

We have started the second week of Blogging Marathon #33 , and I have selected Combo platter as a theme for the week . After lots of thinking I tried Falafel with Pita Bread.

Falafel is deep fried patty of chickpea or fava beans , a traditional Arabic food ands usually served in Pita Pockets. Now a day falafel became a common form of street food/ fast food in the Middle Eastern countries .During Ramadan, falafel balls are sometimes eaten as part of the iftar, the meal that breaks the daily fast after sunset.Because of Chickpeas and fava beans , falafel is highly rich in protein , carbohydrates , vitamins , minerals and Fiber. Today Falafel is eaten all over the World and considered as a replacement for meat in the form of street food. This is my entry for BM#33 under Combo Platter . So let’s start the recipe .yum

Falafel with Pita

Ingredients:

For Falafel:

1 cup chickpea
1 onion , chopped
2-3 garlic cloves
2 red chillies , broken
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon peppercorn powder
Salt to taste
1/4 cup coriander leaves
2 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoon sesame seeds
Cooking oil for frying

For Pita Bread:
1 cup Whole wheat flour+1 tablespoon for dusting
1/2 teaspoon Dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water

Other ingredients:
1 onion, cut in thin rounds
1 tomato , cut in thin rounds
Salt and pepper to taste(optional)
1 lemon , slices
1 tablespoon coriander leaves ,chopped
Tahini to serve (optional)

Method:
For falafel:
Wash and soak chickpea in enough water overnight or 6-8 hours. Boil and cook in salted water for 5-6 whistles in pressure cooker.
Take drained and cooked chickpea in a bowl , add all the ingredients , except oil for frying and sesame seeds. Blend the ingredients altogether in food processor. Make round balls and small patties from it.

Take sesame seeds in a plate , roll the patties in sesame seeds.
Heat oil in a wok , deep fry the falafel till nice and crispy from both sides. Drain on absorbent paper. And set aside for further use.

Falafel
Falafel

For Pita bread:
Add 2 tablespoon lukewarm water and sugar in yeast , let it poof for 5-7 minutes.
Take sifted flour and salt in a bowl , add olive oil and yeast water . Knead a firm dough using enough water. Cover it with kitchen towel and place in an oiled bowl and set in a warm place for 3-4 hours.
After the dough rises you may see cracks over the top , punch it back and make 8 balls from it.

Pita
Pita

Make small rounds of 1/4 ” thickness using dry flour and bake in preheated oven at 200 degree for 10-15 minutes.

Pita bread
Pita bread

Cut the baked pita bread , once cooled and fill the falafel stuffing.
Arranging:
Place one falafel in half slice of pita bread along with one round of onion , tomato , lemon and few coriander leaves. Sprinkle salt and pepper if required and serve with Tahini.

Falafel with Pita
Falafel with Pita

Serve-4. Cooking time -1 hour
Notes:
For falafel you may use fava beans , if the chickpea seems thick while blending you may add little water .
For Pita bread you may prepare it on stove top in a closed lid too.Store the pita bread in ziplock bags in the refrigerator .

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Best regards,

Sapana Behl

21 comments on “Falafel with Pita Bread”

  1. wow very very delicious falafal with pita bread love this combo any time 🙂 looks so yummy and so tempting !! and so perfectly made pita bread with whole wheat .. loving this combo platter dear !!:)

  2. Hema Vijai says:

    You have done it very well Sapana, very healthy and filling..

  3. You are making me hungry now. Very delicious and well explained Sapna.

  4. The falafel with pita bread looks yummy.

  5. Delicious Combo sapana!!! Very healthy too!! 🙂

  6. Yes Cook says:

    Thanks for sharing Sapana.
    Falafel with Pita is a killer combo.
    Well explained too.

  7. My favourite pita bread sandwich,makes me hungry.

  8. Looks so delicious, love it and you have made very nicely…

  9. You made them well.. I have often tasted this mediterranian cuisine here… 🙂 Lovely pics too

  10. Harini M says:

    Perfect for snacking with coffee,looks great

  11. this looks super tempting, loved it

  12. Srivalli says:

    Those sandwiches have really come out so well..very nice recipes…

  13. Good ones! Very appealing pictures as well.

  14. Very nice falafels dear .I am lover of falafel and lovely clicks.

  15. Love that pita bread pockets, crispy ad filling recipe..

  16. fabulous that you made the pita bread also – i have been wanting to try pita for the longest – btw this is also popular street food here in NY because Halal Carts are on every corner almost that sell this

  17. Oh wow you have made the pitta at home. .wonderful. .the platter is super inviting.

  18. Pavani N says:

    Falafel is one of my favorites.. Your plate looks tooooo goood.

  19. Lovely classic combo! Your pitas look perfect and i love that you made them with whole wheat flour!

  20. Shruti J says:

    Lovely one!!! I simply love this mediterranean delicacy… But I prefer making baked falafel to cut off the calories here 😛

    Thanks for linking it to my event, Sapana!!! I'm tempted to make it again…

  21. Perfectly done pita and falafel. Looks irresistable.

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