Baked Falafel Sandwich

Baked Falafel Sandwich
 
A popular Middle Eastern combo, this Falafel sandwich combines the healthy and  hearty chickpea patties with pita bread.
 
 
Hot, crunchy and succulent Falafels filled in Pillowy soft Pita bread along with goodness of salad and drizzled with Nutty and lemony Tahini Sauce- what else one can look for in comforting soulful food?
 
 
 
Is it a sandwich, snack or a complete meal in itself? Well, if you ask me this is more than a complete meal wrapped in one good roll. Proteins, Carbs, Fats, Vitamins, Nutrients, Roughage- All the essential elements of one complete meal are taken care of in this one Sandwich.
Carbs in the form of the Pita Bread.
Proteins in the Chickpeas loaded Falafels.
Essential oils and Calcium-loaded Sesame seeds are also there.
Lettuce, tomatoes, onions and all provide good roughage.
 
 
 
Traditionally the Falafel Patties are deep fried but I have baked them to bring in the healthy element!! That sounds cool and makes this yummy treat absolutely healthy and guilt free!!


INGREDIENTS:

1)For Falafels:

Chickpeas- 1 can (drained and rinsed)
Onion- 1
Parsley- 1 handful
Coriander- 1 handful
Lemon Juice- 1 tablespoon
Cumin Powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Garlic powder- 1/2 teaspoon ( or you can use 2-3 Garlic cloves also)
Sesame seeds- 1 tablespoon
Salt- to taste
Paprika Powder- 1 teaspoon
Chickpea flour- 1 tablespoon
Little vegetable oil for brushing Falafels

2)For Tahini Sauce:

Sesame seeds- 4 tablespoon
Garlic powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Lemon juice- 1 tablespoon
Parsley- 2 tablespoon
Salt- to taste
Paprika Powder- 1/4th teaspoon
Oil- 1 teaspoon
Little water (about 2 tablespoon, to adjust thickness)

3) Pita Bread or Arabic Bread/ Khaboos- 4

4) For Salad Fillings:
 
Lettuce- washed and hand torn
Tomato slices
Onion slices
Cucumber slices
Olives
Jalapeño Pepper
(Use Salad Filling according to your taste and preferences)

DIRECTIONS:

For Falafel:

We will start by by adding the chickpeas to a food processor and pulse until chunky.

Add in the coriander, parsley, onion, cumin powder, garlic powder, lemon juice, flour and paprika powder.

Pulse until all the ingredients are minced well.

Do not pulse too much as we want a crumbly, chunky mixture (don’t over-process, you want to obtain texture, not a paste).

Add in sesame seeds.

Season with salt to taste.

Falafel mixture is ready.
 
 
Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Take about 2- 2.5 tablespoon of falafel mixture and shape it into about 2 inch circular patty.

Similarly make all the patties.

Place all the patties on the baking tray and keep the tray in fridge for about half an hour.

Brush the top of the falafel with oil prior to baking.

Set oven on preheat mode.

After half an hour, take out the tray from the fridge and keep in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 180*C.

The falafels will turn to golden brown color.

Falafels are ready to be served.



For Tahini Sauce:

Grind together everything listed under the Ingredients of Tahini Sauce.

Check and adjust seasonings according to your taste.
 
 

Now, all the ingredients are ready.
We will Assemble the sandwich now.

Heat a frying pan or griddle to medium high heat.

Spray or brush with little amount of cooking oil.

Heat the pita rounds for 2 minutes on each side. The pita may begin to brown a little.

Cut each pita in half, open the cut end forming a pocket.

Stuff each pita half with the Falafels, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumber, sliced onion, olives and jalapeños.

Drizzle with the tahini sauce.

Serve immediately.

Enjoy!!
 
This recipe is going to my FB Blog hop group Healthy WELLthy Cuisines where the theme is 'Sandwich time at HW'. Some other yummy and unique Sandich recipes shared by my fellow blogger friends are-
 

Cheese and Curried Babycorn Sandwich by Priya Iyer

Sesame Veg Sandwich by Rosy Nayak

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich by Jayashree Trao

Paneer Chutney Sandwich by Mayuri Patel

Veggie Chickpeas Salad Sandwich by Ruchi Shah

Veg Cheese Sandwich by Geetanjali Tung

Mediterranean Steamed Kale Sandwich by Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

Heirloom Tomatoes and Avocado Tartines by Vanitha Bhat

Chocolate Sandwich with Peanut Butter by Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

9 Comments

  1. Jane Doe

    When I first saw the photo of this delicious looking, so different and tempting sandwich on FB, I couldn't stop starring at the photo. Falafel sandwiches will definitely feature soon on my dining table. Looks very filling too.

  2. Jane Doe

    The pita pockets look so yumm with falafel filling. Lovely share for the theme.

  3. Jane Doe

    The pita pockets look so yumm with falafel filling. Lovely share for the theme.

  4. Jane Doe
    Geetanjali Tung

    Sandwich that to with baked falafel sounds yummy and healthy. So beautifully presented as well. Love it❤

  5. Jane Doe

    The pita pockets with all the perfect elements look amazing. I am sure they taste amazing too.

  6. Jane Doe

    This is my go-to dish to order at any Mediterranean restaurant! Love it; you have made it easy to make these at home with your easy and beautiful recipe! Awesome dear!

  7. Jane Doe

    What a lovely share... Looks superb. Beautiful pictures and presentation. Fantastic recipe. Loved the idea of baking falafel.. Amazing

  8. Jane Doe
    The Girl Next Door

    I love falafel, and to use them in a sandwich means to make them all the more delectable.   Beautiful recipe, and lovely pics!

  9. Jane Doe

    The falafel sandwiches really looks super fantastic di !!! Such a lovely spread indeed, great share for theme 😊

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