Falafel stuffed in Pita pockets

falafel_6It’s raining tonight and my taste buds are craving for some Greek food today – what could be better than Falafel stuffed in Pita bread pockets! Yum. Falafel is traditionally a Middle Eastern food where fried Garbanzo beans fritters is served with cucumber- yogurt sauce (tzatziki sauce). For this recipe garbanzo beans (safed chole) are soaked overnight and then boiled till tender. Do not overcook the beans as it may result into mushy falafel patties. Later boiled garbanzo beans are combined with onions, green chili, chopped cilantro and spices – then grounded to a smooth paste to form these delicious patties. These vegetarian fried fritters can be served in sandwiches paired with any greens – arugula, lettuce or spinach.

For Pita bread recipe start off with a layer of tzatziki sauce inside the pocket, then add falafel, shredded lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, some onion rings and to finish off with a generous layer of tzatziki sauce. falafel_3

Traditionally, falafel patties are fried till they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside but I made a few variations and pan toasted my falafel patties. You can definitely give fried version a try. Hop on and let’s try these healthy protein rich Falafel stuffed in Pita pockets recipe today!! 

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Falafel stuffed in Pita pockets
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Homemade Pita pockets stuffed with seasoned falafel recipe and Tzatziki Sauce.
Servings Prep Time
9 FALAFEL 20 MINUTES
Cook Time
40 MINUTES
Servings Prep Time
9 FALAFEL 20 MINUTES
Cook Time
40 MINUTES
Falafel stuffed in Pita pockets
Votes: 6
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Homemade Pita pockets stuffed with seasoned falafel recipe and Tzatziki Sauce.
Servings Prep Time
9 FALAFEL 20 MINUTES
Cook Time
40 MINUTES
Servings Prep Time
9 FALAFEL 20 MINUTES
Cook Time
40 MINUTES
INGREDIENTS
FOR FALAFEL
  • 1.5 cup Boiled Garbanzo beans (Safed chole)
  • 2 tablespoon All purpose flour
  • 1 small Chopped Onions
  • 1 small Green chili
  • 2 teaspoon Roasted cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon Chopped Cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil (to bind the mixture)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon Oil (to toast Falafel)
ASSEMBLING FALAFEL INGREDIENTS
  • 4-6 nos. Pita bread
  • 1 cup Tzatziki Sauce
  • 3/4 cup Chopped Cumcumber
  • 3/4 cup Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 small Onion rings
  • 1.5 cup Shredded Lettuce
  • 9-10 nos. Falafel
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METHOD
FALAFEL PREPARATION
  1. Let's begin with preparing falafel for pita bread. Assemble all the ingredients. If you are using store bought Garbanzo beans, drain it out and wash it thoroughly under water.
  2. Combine garbanzo beans, onions, green chili, chopped cilantro and spices in a food processor/mixer and grind it to a fine paste. Do not add water.
  3. The mixture should be of a dough consistency. Apply some oil in your palm and roll out the mixture into equal balls.
  4. Falafel patty is ready. Below I have shown two ways to cook falafel.
  5. First method - Heat oil in a pan and toast patties till they are crisp and brown.
  6. Falafel patties are ready.
  7. Second method - Heat oil in a pan/kadhai.
  8. Add falafel and fry until golden brown in color.
  9. Enjoy it with your favorite dip.
  10. Another way would be to roll them like small balls, fry them and serve it on toothpicks as snacks along with your favorite dip.
ASSEMBLING FALAFEL IN PITA BREAD
  1. Take pita bread and cut it into half.
  2. Assemble all the ingredients.
  3. Open up pita bread..
  4. Apply 1 tablespoon of Tzatziki Sauce at the base of pita bread......
  5. Place one falafel - you can even break it into half...
  6. Add some lettuce and chopped cucumbers...
  7. Add chopped tomatoes...
  8. Generously add another falafel piece...
  9. Apply Tzatziki Sauce...
  10. Add some onion rings...
  11. Finish it with chopped tomatoes, lettuce, onion rings.
  12. Enjoy right away before it gets soggy.
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10 Responses

  1. Rose says:

    Hi,
    Awesome recipe. Wud surely like to try.
    Can u share the Tzatziki sauce recipe too? Or any other dip that we can use with pita bread?
    Thanks!

    • Ruchi says:

      Thanks for stopping by Rose. Will surely post the recipe for tzatziki sauce soon. But for now, here is how I make it –

      INGREDIENTS-
      1/2 cucumber, peeled, de-seeded and finely chopped
      1.5 cup of thick curd (I use the store bought ones)
      2-3 cloves of minced garlic
      1/4 cup chopped dill
      1 tablespoon lemon juice
      A pinch of coarsely grounded black pepper
      Salt to taste

      METHOD-
      Combine everything in a bowl. Mix, adjust seasonings and enjoy!!

  2. TAranum Goel says:

    Cant we straightaway deep fry fafafel, shallow frying is must?

    • Ruchi says:

      Taranum, go ahead and deep fry the falafels. There are two methods shown in the recipe- one is pan cooked and other is deep frying.

  3. Mrs. Khanna says:

    WOW Ruchi! Its so tempting and inviting. Loved your entire recipe and your detailed pics. Will try it soon..YUmmy yummy! Amazing blog!

  4. Mayuri says:

    Tried your recipes and they are delectable. Your meals are so delicious and flavorful that I wish I lived closer – truly. Meatless Monday! YUM! very thoughtful name. Falafel recipe is super yummy. I fried the falafels and were very authentic in taste.Putting a fresh pic will change the whole look of this recipe.

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