Friday, March 13, 2009

Falafel Pita Sandwiches

When Erin and I were in Europe, she got me HOOKED on falafels. I've been trying to replicate them ever since. This isn't perfected yet, but it's getting pretty close.

Falafel Pita Sandwiches
-Alyssa Griffeth-

1 pound dried chickpeas
1 small onion, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
Salt and pepper, as needed
1/2 cup vegetable oil

6 to 8 pitas, tops sliced open
Shredded lettuce
Sliced red onion
Sliced cucumbers
Tahini Sauce, recipe follows OR Ranch dressing

Make the Falafel: Soak the chickpeas in cold water in the refrigerator overnight. Drain the chickpeas and place them with the onion in the bowl of a food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the oil. Mix well. Process the mixture a second time. Form the mixture into walnut-sized balls and deep-fry or pan-fry in hot oil.

Make the Sandwiches: Stuff the pitas with lettuce and nestle the falafel patties inside. Top with the rest of the ingredients and drizzle with the tahini sauce. Serve immediately.

Tahini Sauce:
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice

Mash the garlic and salt together. Add the tahini, mixing well. The sauce will thicken. Gradually add the water, blending thoroughly. Then add the lemon juice. Blend well. Thin sauce with water, as needed.
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