It’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.
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!!