Homemade Falafel Pita Recipe

Since Nick and I are vegetarians for the month, I’ve been looking online and through my favorite blogs for vegetarian recipes that will be filling and help us not miss our juicy steaks so much. I stumbled upon a bunch of falafel recipes and decided to give them a try.

We got the tzatziki sauce from Wal Mart near the olives. I was going to try making some at home but forgot to grab ingredients to the recipe before leaving for groceries, and the cell phone reception in Wal Mart is terrible. 😦

These were sooo good! We’ll definitely be having them more often.

16 oz. can of chick peas or garbanzo beans
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp coriander
1 tbsp cumin
2 tbsp flour
Salt
Pepper
Vegetable oil

Drain chickpeas and bring to a boil in a pot of water. Boil for 5 minutes, then turn the heat down and simmer, covered, for an hour.

Drain and let cool for 15 – 20 minutes.

Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, seasonings and flour in medium bowl. Mash the chickpease and mix everything together, incorporating the ingredients very well. You want the consistency to be that of a thick paste. You can use a food processor if you have one (I don’t), or a blender.

Roll the mixture into small balls and flatten slightly. Fry in 1.5 inchese of vegetable heated to 350 degrees until golden brown. Remove from oil and let dry on a paper towel-lined plate.

FOR WRAPS/PITAS

I used diced tomatoes, tzatziki spread, shredded lettuce and a ground flax and whole wheat Hungry Girl Flatout bread wrap. So delicious!

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