If you don't have time to make the sauce, use commercial hummus thinned with lemon juice.
1 cup 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
2/3 cup chopped peeled cucumber
1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
1 garlic clove, minced
1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 (6-inch) whole wheat pitas, cut in half
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1 cup chopped plum tomato
2/3 cup thinly sliced peeled cucumber
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
How to Make It
To prepare sauce, combine the first 4 ingredients; set aside.
To prepare falafel, drain chickpeas in a colander over a bowl; reserve liquid. Place chickpeas, 3 tablespoons liquid (discard remaining liquid), breadcrumbs, and next 5 ingredients (through cumin) in a food processor; process until minced. Divide chickpea mixture into 8 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Spread about 1/4 cup sauce into each pita half. Fill each pita half with 1/2 cup lettuce, 1/4 cup tomato, about 2 tablespoons sliced cucumber, 1 tablespoon sliced onion, and 2 patties.
This is one of my go to make-ahead lunches. I fry up the falafel on Sunday and have falafel pitas for the week. It is so easy and delicious, but I add a spicy harissa sauce on top of everything for some heat.
I agree with previous posters that the falafels fell apart way too easily, and were not crunchy. Also I had more mix than 4, 1/3 cup patties. Luckily after my first pan of patties that fell apart, I switched to using teaspoons to make blini size falafels which held together much better. As for the falafels not being flavorful, check when you bought the cumin and paprika, they might need to be replaced.
I followed the recipe pretty closely and had no problem with making the falafels, just found them to be a bit bland. But that could be the reason my kids were willing to eat them - sauce and all. I'm going to keep looking for a falafel with more prounounced spices.
I really enjoyed these falafels. My mixture was actually pretty dry- as opposed to the wet remarked on previously. I struggled with trying to get the mixture smooth enough in my blender AND mini food processor and then finally mashed out the remaining lumps with a fork.
Otherwise, the recipe was easy and the patties turned out great!
My husband and I really loved this. The falafels had tasted great, and because they were flattened before cooking, they were crunchy. We did make some substitutions. We used angel hair cabbage instead of romaine. We are not raw tomato lovers, so we substituted mushrooms. We will definitely make this again!
This was terrible. It used 3 times the amount of oil, and the burgers fell apart while they cooked. They were not crunchy at all. The sauce was so tasteless. I will never make this recipe again, the worst!!!
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