Falafel Pita Pockets
 
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Falafel are flavorful, golf ball–size, fried patties made of hearty beans, fresh herbs, and zesty spices. They go great in a sandwich or on their own with a tangy tahini dipping sauce.
Servings: 8 pita pocket
Ingredients
  • 1[1/2] cups dried chickpeas
  • 1[1/2] cups dried fava beans
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • [1/2] cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 roughly chopped large yellow onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 3 tsp. salt
  • 2 TB. ground coriander seeds
  • 1 TB. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • [1/2] tsp. cayenne
  • [1/4] cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 3 TB. all-purpose flour
  • 1 TB. baking soda
  • 1 TB. baking powder
  • 8 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 (6-in.) pitas
  • 2 large sliced tomatoes
  • Pickled Turnips
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • Tahini Sauce
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine chickpeas and fava beans with water. Set aside to soak overnight or for 8 or 9 hours.
  2. Drain beans, and add them to a food processor fitted with a chopping blade. Blend for 2 minutes, intermittently stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Transfer bean mixture back to the large bowl.
  3. In the food processor, blend cilantro, parsley, yellow onion, garlic, salt, coriander, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne for 1 minute or until smooth. Transfer mixture to the large bowl.
  4. Add breadcrumbs, all-purpose flour, baking soda, and baking powder to the bowl, and mix well. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  5. In a large pot over medium heat, heat vegetable oil to 365ºF. Using an ice-cream scoop or 2 spoons, form falafel mixture into golf ball–size patties. Carefully drop falafel balls in oil, and fry for about 4 minutes or until dark golden brown. Do not overcrowd the pot.
  6. Remove falafel from oil, and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
  7. To assemble, cut pitas in half and open the pockets. Place 3 falafel balls in the pocket, and add some tomatoes, Pickled Turnips (Kabees), and lettuce. Drizzle with Tahini Sauce (Tarator), and serve.
Notes
Healthy Hint
Falafel is a staple in the Mediterranean region. Aside from the fact that it is fried, it is full of fiber, protein, and antioxidants. You can make it a bit healthier by frying it in a light olive oil—or even baking it. Why use dried chickpeas and fava beans and then rehydrate them instead of using canned? Canned chickpeas and beans are cooked, so they have a different texture. Rehydrated chickpeas and beans are uncooked; they're just rehydrated and, therefore, have a firmer texture. If you use canned beans, the texture will be mushy and will disintegrate when you try to fry the balls.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 pita pocket Calories: 246 Fat: 15g Saturated fat: 2g Carbohydrates: 24g Sodium: 581mg Fiber: 6g Protein: 8g Cholesterol: 0mg
Recipe by Dedemed at https://dedemed.com/mediterranean/falafel-recipe/