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Crunchy Falafel Pitas

All You SEPTEMBER 2010

  • Yield: Serves 6
  • Cook time: 8 Minutes
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes
  • Cost Per Serving:$1.47


  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt
  • 2 15-oz. cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 small red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 pita breads, split
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce


1. Combine yogurt and garlic in a bowl and season with salt. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. In a food processor, combine chickpeas, 1/2 cup flour, cumin, egg and 1/2 tsp. salt and process until almost smooth. Add onion and pulse just to combine. Place remaining 2 Tbsp. flour on a plate. Form chickpea mixture into 12 1/2-inch-thick patties. Dredge each patty in flour.

3. Warm olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add patties and cook until golden, turning once, about 8 minutes total (work in batches if skillet won't fit all patties). Slide patties into pitas, add tomatoes and lettuce, top with reserved yogurt sauce and serve.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 467
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Protein: 17g
  • Carbohydrate: 68g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 40mg
  • Sodium: 899mg

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