Falafel, Lebanese Falafel stuffed in Pita Bread by Tarla Dalal

Falafel, Lebanese Falafel stuffed in Pita Bread by Tarla Dalal

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Falafel, an all-time favourite Lebanese dish.
Recipe Link : -(–Lebanese-)-22573r

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An all-time favourite Lebanese dish, Falafel can classify as a sumptuous snack or a meal in its own right depending on when you have it! Here, unleavened pita bread is lined with tongue-tickling garlic chutney, topped with a tangy curd dressing and packed with scrumptious deep-fried ‘bullets’ made of a kabuli chana batter. This Middle-Eastern delight is quite filling, and looks and tastes exotic as well, so you can serve it with tea or at a party too. Serve the Falafel as soon as you assemble it, because it will get soggy if you let it soak in the dressing for too long.

Preparation Time: 25 minutes.
Cooking Time: 20 minutes.
Makes 9 falafels.
Soaking Time: Overnight.

For the bullets
½ cup kabuli chana (white chick peas), soaked overnight and drained
1 tbsp chopped garlic (lehsun)
¼ cup chopped onions
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)
1 tbsp chopped mint leaves (phudina)
½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera) powder
Salt to taste
¼ tsp baking powder
1 tsp green chilli paste
Oil for deep-frying

To be mixed into a dressing
1 cup whisked curds (dahi)
¼ cup chopped spring onions (whites and greens)
½ tsp chopped garlic (lehsun)
A pinch of sugar
Salt to taste

Other ingredients
9 pita bread
Butter for brushing
4½ tsp garlic chutney
½ recipe tahini dip
18 sliced tomato halves
9 tbsp shredded lettuce

For the bullets
1. Combine the kabuli chana, garlic, onions, parsley, coriander, mint leaves, cumin seeds powder and salt and blend in a mixer to a coarse mixture using approx. ¼ cup of water.
2. Transfer the mixture into a bowl, add the baking powder and green chilli paste and mix well.
3. Divide the mixture into 18 equal portions.
4. Shape a portion into a round ball and put in hot oil in a deep non-stick kadhai. Shape 5 more portions, into a ball and put it in the oil and deep-fry all 6 at a time in a batch till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides.
5. Repeat step 4 to make 12 more balls in 2 more batches. Drain on an absorbent paper and keep aside.

How to proceed
1. Cut a pita bread into two vertically and slit each halve to form a pocket.
2. Brush each halve with little butter on both the sides.
3. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle), and cook it on a medium flame till light brown spots appear on both the sides.
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 with the remaining pita breads.
5. Take a pita bread halve, spread ½ tsp of garlic chutney evenly in it, add 1 tsp of tahini dip and place 2 bullets.
6. Top it with 1½ tbsp of the prepared curd dressing, place 2 tomato halves and 1 tbsp of the shredded lettuce.
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to make 8 more falafels.
Serve immediately.

38 thoughts on “Falafel, Lebanese Falafel stuffed in Pita Bread by Tarla Dalal

  1. Nice simple recipe. the falafel which we get here in Germany contains tomatoes, cucumber  cocktail sauce….do try it!

  2. تحتاج الفلافل الي سمسم
    وخبزه الفلافل ليس هذا النوع من الخبز تحتاج الي الخبز العربي
    يسلمو ايديكي

  3. Beautifully minimalistic and correctly placed kitchen layout. Especially, the OTG and microwave oven placements on the wall.

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