Falafel Pitas with Cucumber-Yogurt Dressing

  • foodtrkkr Posted: 07/27/09
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    This recipe turned out great! I didn't have any problems with my patties falling apart. I followed the recipe and cooked them four minutes on each side. I made one modification by adding garlic to the chickpea mixture...but I am a fan of garlic, that's why. Other than that, I thought the patties were tasty. The cumin and paprika really bring out the flavour. The arugula is a great mixture; the pepper-y flavour from the arugula really ties in the entire recipe. Will definitely make again. I would make one recommendation though: add additional oil to make sure the patties cook thoroughly.

  • janet222 Posted: 05/17/09
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    I read all the reviews before I made this recipe and made the recommended modifications but this recipe was awful. It had no flavor, the texture was unpleasant and I would not recommend that anyone make this recipe. Not worth the time. Patties stayed together but absolutely no taste.

  • tinajane76 Posted: 04/26/10
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    Don't know what's up with all of the low ratings. Just made these for lunch and they were crispy and delicious. Better than any falafels I've ever had out. I'll definitely be making these again!

  • rederin Posted: 05/17/10
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    My husband and I both really like this, and he usually is wary of my vegetarian meals. I took other poster's suggestions about boosting flavor. My patties kind of fall apart, but I tend to have that trouble with croquettes and such, so it's probably me.

  • lkfogarty Posted: 01/08/10
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    We've made other CL falafel recipes and always come back to this one. We typically use whole-grain mustard instead of Dijon, which seems to kick up the flavor a bit. Overall, it comes together pretty quickly for a solid and filling weeknight meal. The patties stay together nicely and the cucumber yogurt dressing is delish. We'll continue to keep this one in our dinner rotation. I also plan to double the recipe the next time I make it and freeze some for quick meals. By the ingredient list, I'm thinking this will turn out well.

  • almomvb Posted: 05/18/09
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    These are so good but I do think you have to "mess" with the recipe a little. I added about 3 cloves of garlic, hot sauce, and I definitely think you either need to add another slice of bread or some breadcrumbs. I also never have plain yogurt in the house so I used mayo instead. The sauce is so good my family asks me to make it when we're having veggie burgers and other sandwiches.

  • illinicheme Posted: 04/10/09
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    My patties came out more like slightly structured hummus than falafel. Overall it tasted fine, but the recipe involved more effort than I generally have time for when cooking dinner during the week. I'm inclined to try a different falafel recipe next time rather than attempting this one again.

  • theonlyemster Posted: 08/23/09
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    I found this to be very easy and delicious. I did use a bit more oil than called for in the pan. I did not have any consistency problems. Better than restaurant falafel's I've had. I added a few sliced tomatoes to the pita, which added some nice moisture, and paired it with some delicious corn on the cob. I'm thinking of trying to freeze some to have on hand for my vegetarian daughter...

  • GracieNoel Posted: 09/01/10
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    I thought these were great for an easy lunch. I made several changes because I definitely prefer food with some spice... I added two garlic cloves and extra cumin to the patties. To make them simpler I just diced up tomato and cucumber to put in the pitas with some non fat yogurt (rather than making the yogurt sauce that's supposed to go with them). They turned out great.

  • adamwa Posted: 06/02/10
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    these were great. They aren't as good as our favorite middle eastern restaurants falafal sandwich but great for a healthy weeknight dinner. We did make it a bit more unheatlhy and made french fries to put inside the sandwich (which is something our fav restaurant does). We also put thinnly sliced red onion, tomato, and spinach inside for even more crunch.

  • DDR123 Posted: 04/15/10
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    The falafel was really yummy. I used coarse ground mustard instead of the dijon. Although delicious I had a hard time keeping the patties together. I also used more oil in the pan then recommended. I definitely will be making this again!

  • CindyH Posted: 04/24/11
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    This was very easy to make. It was tasty but I have a flavor in mind with falafel and this was not quite it. The cucumber-yogurt dressing was delish.

  • jloasis Posted: 07/27/11
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    Yummy! Very delicious falafel. I was out of cumin and paprika, so I made them Maryland style with Old Bay and Florida style with Gator rub. It actually worked perfectly. Similar seasonings, I suppose. A great quick and easy dish for a week night dinner.

  • smore154 Posted: 08/03/11
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    I loved this dish. I was looking to make one dinner a week with no meat and this is perfect. I made a few modifications though- I did follow the recipe exactly and it came out great. I served these on a bed of baby romaine lettuce, and had naan on the side. I like naan better because it tastes more authentic to me than just pita bread. I also had lemon slices available to spritz on incase you wanted a more lemony flavor. Overall I thought this was very tasty and very simple to make and will be making it again!

  • sofiaga Posted: 07/26/11
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    I suggest to add fresh coriander i also added garlic and cayenne pepper. You should play the spices in the recipe. Yogurt and cucumber dressing is really good on these.

  • Fionoir Posted: 10/19/11
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    Delicious! Followed the recipie exactly as written and was delighted with the results. Very easy veggie meal, that I will make often.

  • GreekMama02 Posted: 06/09/12
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    This was probably one of the worse falafel recipes I have used, I think the issue was canned chickpeas and lack of parsley.

  • AKitty Posted: 06/08/13
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    I changed it up quite a bit, and loved my end result. I eyeballed all my additions to taste. I added dill weed, chili parsley flakes (I like it on the spicier side), a garlic clove and pepper flakes. I used about 1 1/2 slices of bread, and I left it quite a bit chunky rather than well blended. To keep the patties from breaking up, I made them a lot smaller and ended up with a bunch of tinier servings, with got eaten up anyways. Instead of making my own cucumber dip, I bought Otria cucumber dill yogurt dip. Delicious.

  • Emz101 Posted: 02/27/13
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    What a disaster!! The other reviewers are so right about it being bland, even though I added double the spices plus garlic. They also fell apart in the pan, the only way they would have stayed together would be if you deep fried them. Don't bother with this one.

  • clc1040 Posted: 04/10/13
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    We enjoyed it. Hard to believe it was pretty healthy. I added a little garlic salt to the mix.

  • MeganHambone Posted: 10/10/12
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    I thought this recipe was pretty awesome. My meat-loving husband asked me to make it again before the dishes were even cleaned up. We both went back for seconds. My 3 year old and 13 month old loved it. I noticed some of the unimpressed reviews and added parsley to next batch I made. It didn't make that big of a difference to me. My patties stayed together fine. I didn't pulverize the mixture in my food processor- it was still chunky, and therefore had a nice texture. The cucumber-yogurt dressing was good too. I will definitely be making this again.

  • lizzyneiger Posted: 03/06/12
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    I am always looking for new vegetarian dinners that my family will eat. This falafel recipe was great. I usually find falafel flavorless, but the nontraditional additions of mustard and onion gave the falafel that added depth of flavor that is often missing. A 1/2 teaspoon of salt would be better than the 1/8 suggested, and if using dried chickpeas, increase to 1 teaspoon because canned chickpeas have a lot more salt. I stuffed the pita with a lightly dressed cucumber/onion/tomato salad to give it an added zing. Great go-to weeknight recipe--and budget friendly, too!

  • charoulli Posted: 03/08/12
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    These were nothing compared to real falafel. They tasted ok, found them lacking a bit of flavor. The patties fell apart and we sirtied way more dishes than it was worth. We are not making this particular recipe again. I will try other falafel recipes from this site.

  • SoonerSinger Posted: 01/18/14
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    This was really good! Here are the changes I made to the recipe: Add 2 garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp of coriander, and 1/4 tsp red chili powder to falafel mix. Add lemon zest and salt to yogurt. Toss arugula with sauce and serve cucumber on the side (rather than in the yogurt sauce) dressed with rice wine vinegar and a pinch of salt.

  • krisgonz Posted: 03/31/14
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    After reading reviews about this being bland, I added seasoning salt, cilantro and garlic and I still thought it was bland. The yogurt dressing tasted like it was missing something. Although these were really easy to make, I probably wouldn't make this again.

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