Falafel, Lebanese Falafel Stuffed in Pita Bread

Falafel, Lebanese Falafel Stuffed in Pita Bread

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Falafel is a middle eastern deep fried snack (Lebanesesnack). It is an Arab food. falafel are great source of protein as they are made with kabuli chana. Falafels are usually fried but if you are looking for healthier option you can also bake them!

Falafel bullets are made with soaked overnight and drained kabuli chana (white chick peas) , garlic (lehsun) ,onions, parsley, coriander (dhania), mint leaves (phudina) and cumin seeds (jeera) powder all ground together in a food processer. And the mixture is then taken out in a bowl and green chilli paste + baking powder are added to it and mixed together. Small balls are equally shaped out of the mixture and fried.

Further to make Lebanese falafel stuffed in pita bread we have made a dip using curd, garlic, spring onion and sugar.

Then the unleavened pita bread is lined with tongue-tickling garlic chutney, topped with a tangy curd dressing and packed with scrumptious deep-fried Lebanese falafel ‘bullets’ made of a kabuli chana batter.

I would like to share some important tips to make the perfect falafel recipe. 1. Mix well and our falafel bullet mixture is ready. If making falafel for the first time and you are afraid of the falafel disintegrating, then add 1-2 tbsp of refined flour for binding. 2. You can make the tahini dip in advance and store in the fridge.

This Middle-Eastern falafel is quite filling, and looks and tastes exotic as well, so you can serve it with tea or at a party too.

Serve the Falafel as soon as you assemble it, because it will get soggy if you let it soak in the dressing for too long.

Enjoy how to make falafel recipe | Lebanese falafel | Lebanese falafel stuffed in pita bread | homemade falafel in pita bread | with detailed step by step photos below.

Falafel, Lebanese Falafel Stuffed in Pita Bread recipe - How to make Falafel, Lebanese Falafel Stuffed in Pita Bread

Soaking time:  Overnight   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 9 falafels

Ingredients


For The Bullets
1/2 cup kabuli chana (white chick peas) , soaked overnight and drained
1 tbsp chopped garlic (lehsun)
1/4 cup chopped onions
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)
1 tbsp chopped mint leaves (phudina)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) powder
salt to taste
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp green chilli paste
oil for deep-frying

To Be Mixed Into A Dressing
1 cup whisked curds (dahi)
1/4 cup chopped spring onions
1/2 tsp chopped garlic (lehsun)
a pinch of sugar
salt to taste

Other Ingredients For Falafel
9 pita bread
butter for brushing
4 1/2 tsp garlic (lehsun) chutney
1/2 recipe tahini dip
9 tomato slices , cut into halves
9 tbsp shredded lettuce

Method
For the bullets

    For the bullets
  1. Combine the kabuli chana, garlic, onions, parsley, coriander, mint leaves, cumin seeds powder and salt and blend in a mixer to a coarse mixture using approx. ¼ cup of water.
  2. Transfer the mixture into a bowl, add the baking powder and green chilli paste and mix well.
  3. Divide the mixture into 18 equal portions.
  4. Shape a portion into a round ball and put in hot oil in a deep non-stick kadhai. Shape 5 more portions, into a ball and put it in the oil and deep-fry all 6 at a time in a batch till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides.
  5. Repeat step 4 to make 12 more balls in 2 more batches. Drain on an absorbent paper and keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Cut a pita bread into two vertically and slit each halve to form a pocket.
  2. Brush each halve with little butter on both the sides.
  3. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle), and cook it on a medium flame till light brown spots appear on both the sides.
  4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 with the remaining pita breads.
  5. Take a pita bread halve, spread ½ tsp of garlic chutney evenly in it, add 1 tsp of tahini dip and place 2 bullets.
  6. Top it with 1½ tbsp of the prepared curd dressing, place 2 tomato halves and 1 tbsp of the shredded lettuce.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to make 8 more falafels.
  8. Serve the lebanese falafel stuffed in pita bread immediately.
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Recipe Notes for Falafel stuffed in pita bread

  1. For making homemade falafel in pita bread, we need to first make the bullets, a dressing then toast the pita bread and stuff them. While pita breads are readily available in local bakeries and general stores, you can make them at home by referring this recipe of Pita bread
  2. The fresh garlic chutney can be made a day prior and stored in the refrigerator. I personally make this spicy shatta lebenese chutney and use it to make falafels.
  3. Similarly, you can make the tahini dip and store in the fridge.

For the falafel bullets

  1. For the mixture of falafel bullets, pick, clean and wash the kabuli chana.
  2. Submerge in enough water, cover and soak the kabuli chana overnight.
  3. In the morning, drain the kabuli chana and transfer to a mixer jar. There is no need to boil the chickpeas as they will have a lot of moisture content if done so.
  4. Add the chopped garlic.
  5. Add the chopped onions.
  6. Add parsley and coriander.
  7. Add the chopped mint leaves. To make a more herby falafel, increase the quantity of parsley, coriander and mint.
  8. Add cumin seeds powder and salt to taste.
  9. Add approx. ¼ cup of water.
  10. Blend in a mixer to a coarse mixture. If you have a small mixer jar, divide the ingredients in half and process the mixture one batch at a time. You want the mixture to hold together and be more paste-like but not turn into hummus.
  11. Transfer the mixture into a bowl. Remove any large chickpea chunk that the processor missed or else the falafel might not have an even texture & burst while frying. Add the baking powder. This lightens the texture and fluffs up the falafel.
  12. Add the green chilli paste. Add more or less as per your liking.
  13. Mix well and our falafel bullet mixture is ready. If making falafel for the first time & you are afraid of the falafel disintegrating, then add 1-2 tbsp of refined flour for binding.
  14. Divide the falafel mixture into 18 equal portions.
  15. Shape a portion into a round ball and put in hot oil in a deep non-stick kadhai. For a healthier version, pan fry or shallow fry the falafel patties.
  16. Shape 5 more portions into a ball and put it in the oil. You can make the falafel smaller or larger depending on your personal preference.
  17. Deep-fry all 6 at a time in a batch till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides.
  18. Drain on absorbent paper and keep aside.
  19. Similarly, make and fry 12 more falafel balls in 2 more batches.

For the falafel dressing

  1. For preparing the falafel dressing, in a deep bowl, take 1 cup curd.
  2. Whisk it to form a smooth base.
  3. Add chopped spring onions.
  4. Add chopped garlic.
  5. Add a pinch of sugar and salt to taste.
  6. Mix well and our dressing for falafel is ready.

For toasting the pita bread

  1. To make falafel in pita bread, cut a pita bread into two vertically.
  2. Slit each halve to form a pocket. Be careful while doing this or else you might end up tearing the pita pocket.
  3. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and place the pita pockets over it. Cook it on a medium flame till light brown spots appear on both the sides.Remove in a plate and keep aside..
  4. Remove in a plate and keep aside.

How to make falafel in pita bread

  1. Take a pita bread halve, spread ½ tsp of garlic chutney evenly in it.
  2. Add 1 tsp of tahini dip.
  3. Place 2 falafel bullets.
  4. Top it with 1½ tbsp of the prepared curd dressing.
  5. Place 2 tomato halves.
  6. Spread 1 tbsp of the shredded lettuce.
  7. Repeat steps 1 to 6 and make 8 more falafels | Lebanese falafel |  Lebanese falafel stuffed in pita bread | homemade falafel in pita bread | .
  8. Serve falafel in pita bread immediately.

Reviews

Falafel, Lebanese Falafel Stuffed in Pita Bread
 on 23 May 18 07:30 PM
5

Your all recipe''s are awesome n bang on mam thanks a lot. I tried falafel n it came of really nice my guest loved it thank you so much😊
Tarla Dalal
24 May 18 03:49 PM
   Hi Malvika, Happy to know you liked our recipe. We are delighted to know you tried the recipe and it turned out nice. Happy cooking!
Falafel, Lebanese Falafel Stuffed in Pita Bread
 on 01 Mar 18 09:56 PM
5

Falafel, Lebanese Falafel Stuffed in Pita Bread
 on 15 Oct 17 03:07 PM
5

Hii.... I loved your recipe mam !! I was thinking to ask you about adding mayyonnaise while making it ?? Do reply me...😊😊😊😊 thankuu
Tarla Dalal
16 Oct 17 08:59 AM
   Hi, No need to add mayonnaise...
Falafel ( Lebanese )
 on 12 May 17 09:37 PM
5

Falafel ( Lebanese )
 on 11 Jan 17 10:43 AM
5

Yes...it was amazing recipe....is it possible to avoid frying to be more healthy?? Even is it ok if we bake the pita bread?? @ what temp in oven??
Tarla Dalal
11 Jan 17 11:47 AM
   Hi Supriya, Thank you for your kind words. You can shape the bullets into small tikkis and then cook them on a tava with little oil.
Falafel ( Lebanese )
 on 22 Aug 16 10:00 AM
5

Hi. The taste of the Falafel was very good. But while frying the Falafel it was scattering in the oil. I am sure i did not put excess water. What could be the possible reason? I grinded the Kabuli channa when it was still hot and did not mash the mixture together for very long. can this be the reson?
Tarla Dalal
23 Aug 16 05:15 PM
   Hi Madhurima, When you blend the mixture make sure that when you make the balls, the mixture binds well. if the mixture does not bind well, there are chances that it might scatter in the oil. If you feel that the mixture is not binding, blend it a little more and also make sure that the kabuli chana that you use are not cooked. Just soaked kabuli chana has to be used to make this recipe. You can also check the recipe video http://www.tarladalal.com/falafel-video-944v Do try this recipe and share your valuable feedback with us.
Edited after original posting.
Falafel ( Lebanese )
 on 26 Nov 15 09:59 PM
4

Taste was awesome but when I place parties in oil they were breaking what did I do wrong
Tarla Dalal
27 Nov 15 04:16 PM
   Hi.. We are sorry to hear that. While blending the mixture,if a little more water is added then required, then the mixture will get thin and you will not get that proper binding that is required for deep-frying. Do try this recipe again but with a little less water this time and i am sure it will work out. You can also watch the video of this recipe by clicking above on the video option. Hope this helps. If you have any more queries, feel free to ask.
Edited after original posting.
Falafel ( Lebanese )
 on 01 Oct 15 02:15 PM
4

They turned out delicious...
Tarla Dalal
01 Oct 15 04:26 PM
   Thanks. Please continue to review recipes which you have made and loved from tarladalal.com It will help thousands of food lovers to try the recipe based on your review.
Falafel ( Lebanese )
 on 24 Aug 15 02:15 PM
4

Super delicious
Falafel ( Lebanese )
 on 29 May 15 04:24 PM
5

Falafel is one of my favourite lebanese recipe. The chick-pea bulolets, the dressing and the salad makes an amazing combination. The curd dip gives an amazing creamy taste, wherein you dont feel like adding mayo or any other thing. This is delicious..
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