Falafel Sandwich

falafel sandwich recipe

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Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern dish that is made of chick peas. Typically, a chick pea patty along with a few other additions is sandwiched between pita bread and served. We could turn the dish ‘desi’ by adding a hint of our typical green chutney instead of the tahini or red garlic chutney. How ’bout an Indo-Lebanese falafel fare!





Serves
Preparation Time
Cooking Time
4 people
10 – 15 Minutes
20 – 25 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 pita bread breads
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup lettuce, shredded
  • 4 tbsp tahini dip
  • 2 tbsp ready made red garlic chutney / homemade green chutney

For The Patty

  • ½ cup kabuli chana
  • ¼ cup onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep-frying

For The Dressing

  • 1/3 cup curds, whisked
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup spring onions, chopped
  • A pinch of sugar
  • Salt to taste

For Salad

  • A handful shredded cabbage
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 capsicum, shredded

Method

For The Patties

Step 1

Soak kabuli chana in water overnight. In the morning, clean, wash and drain.




step 2

Blend in a mixer to get a coarse paste.





Step 3

Add all the remaining ‘for the patty’ ingredients and mix well.




Step 4

Divide this mixture into 30 equal portions and shape each portion in small balls.





Step 5

Heat oil in a kadhai and deep-fry the balls till they turn golden brown in colour. Keep them on an absorbent paper for drying.




For the Dressing

  • Blend all the ‘for the dressing’ ingredients in a mixer to a smooth sauce. Keep aside.

For Salad

  • Mix the shredded carrot, cabbage and capsicum together. Put salt, red chilli powder and chaat masala. Mix well and keep aside.

How to Proceed

Step 1

Cut each pita bread into two and warm the halves a little on a hot tava.





Step 2

Fill each pita bread half with a little tahini dip, little red garlic chutney, some tomato slices and shredded lettuce. Place a few patties and a spoonful of the dressing on top.




Step 3

Repeat for the remaining pita bread halves and other ingredients.





Step 4

Serve immediately. You could roast it a little on tawa with butter and serve with the salad.




Nutritional Information

Calories 167 K cal
Fats 3.7 g
Cholesterol 11 mg
Potassium 761 g
Protein 12.2 g
Carbohydrates 23.3 g
Sodium 655 mg

 

Tip:  All weight-watchers can shallow fry the falafels on a tawa or even bake it in the oven; thus reducing the calories from fat used for deep-frying.