Prep 24 hrs
Cook 15 mins
adapted from the Joy of Cooking.
- 1 1⁄2 cups dried garbanzo beans
- 1⁄2 cup chopped onion
- 1⁄4 cup packed fresh parsley leaves
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon coriander seed, crushed or ground
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- vegetable oil (for frying)
- 1⁄4 cup tahini
- 1⁄4 cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 pinch salt
- 4 pita breads
- 2 cups thinkly sliced crisp lettuce, washed and dried
- 4 slices tomatoes, thin
- hot red pepper sauce
- Pick over, rinse, and soak the chickpeas overnite or until doubled in size.
- Drain thoroughly.
- Place in a food processor and finely chop.
- Then add onions, parsley, garlic, cumin, salt, corianer seeds, baking soda, ground red pepper to the food processor and pulse until mixture is coarsely pureed.
- Empty into a bowl and stir in the flour.
- With wet hands, form the chickpea mixture into 4 patties, each about 3 inches in diameter.
- Let stand for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Pour into deep skillet the oil until about ½ inch covers the bottom of the skillet.
- Fry the chickpea patties until golden brown on both sides, about 4 minutes each side.
- Drain on paper towels.
- Stir together tahini, cold water, lemon juice and salt.
- Wrap the pita bread in foil.
- Heat in the oven until warmed, about 10 minutes.
- Open one edge of each pita bread and distribute among pockets the lettuce and tomatoes.
- Add a falafel to each pita and drizzle with tahini sauce.
- Add the hot pepper sauce if desired.
- ***note:I like to double this recipe and fry them up as needed for meals all through the week.
- They are good on their own as finger food dipped into the tahini sauce.
Really easy great tasting and will make it again, thank you for sharing this
These were pretty easy to put together and tasted great! The tahini sauce really complimented them as they can be a bit dry without it. I served them on pita with spinach leaves and tomato. I also used less salt than the recipe called for and they tasted just fine. Thanks for posting!
Nothing better than the original flavor, this is the one!