Homemade Falafel Wrap

I love falafel..It is so versatile, it can be served as a snack, in salad bowls, wraps etc. It is so easy to make too. Just coarsely grind soaked chickpeas along with parsley, salt, garlic, spices etc., shape into balls and fry. You can bake it instead of frying for a healthy twist.

Falafel Wrap Recipe

Ingredients (For 5 – 6 wraps)

Falafel – 15 – 18 (Recipe below)

Pita bread, store bought or home made (Click here for the recipe) –  5 – 6

Hummus (Recipe below)

Thinly sliced cucumber, tomato, onion and cilantro – As required

Lettuce and fresh parsley, chopped – As required

Whole olives and pickled chili pepper or cucumber – 2 – 3 for each wrap

Tahini sauce – 1/3 cup (In a bowl, whisk 1/4 cup tahini with 2 – 3 pinches of  salt, pepper, 2 – 3 tbsp of Greek yoghurt or sour cream (this is optional), 2 small crushed garlic cloves and  2 – 3 tsp lemon juice. You can use mayonnaise instead.)

Red chili sauce(like Sriracha) – 4 tbsp (Optional, you can also use tomato ketchup)

Method

Spread hummus on a pita bread.  Top with sliced cucumber, tomato, onion, lettuce and cilantro. Top with slightly smashed fresh falafel (3 falafel for one wrap), olives and pickles. Drizzle white sauce. Wrap and serve immediately.

Falafel Recipe

Ingredients (Makes 16 falafel)

1. White chana / garbanzo beans – 1.5 cup, dried (Soak it in enough water for at least 10 – 12 hours)

2. Onion – 1/2 cup, chopped

Garlic – 5 cloves, chopped

Parsley – 3/4 cup, roughly chopped (You can use a mix of cilantro + parsley)

Chili powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin powder – 1 tsp

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Pepper powder – 1 tsp

Baking powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – To taste

3. Bread crumbs – 1 – 2 tbsp (It is used as a binding agent. You can use maida/ all purpose flour instead. This is completely optional, I haven’t used it. Use only if the dough is wet or doesn’t hold together.)

4. Oil – To deep fry

Method

1. Drain the chick peas well and pat dry using a few paper towels. Place it in a food processor and add all the ingredients numbered 2. Pulse until it forms a coarse mixture scraping the sides in between. If it is very wet, add 1 tbsp bread crumbs / all purpose flour and pulse again. Taste-check for salt. Make small balls out of the mixture and flatten slightly.

2. Heat oil in a pan at medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot (when you drop a small portion of the dough, it should immediately come to the surface bubbling. Fry the falafel balls at medium heat, 4 – 5 at a time until brown on both sides, about 4 minutes. Drain on a paper towel. Falafel is ready to enjoy!

Tip

You can also bake falafel instead of frying for a healthier twist. Grease a baking sheet and lay the falafel. Bake at 400 F for 20- 25 minutes flipping to the other side half way through.

Hummus Recipe

Ingredients

  1. Chick peas – 1 cup
  2. Tahini (sesame seed paste) –  2 tbsp (I used store-bought)
  3. Garlic  crushed or  chopped – 3 large
  4. Lemon juice -2 tbsp or to taste
  5. Extra virgin olive oil – 2 – 3 tbsp
  6. Salt – To taste

Method

1. Soak the chickpeas in enough water overnight.  Cook till it is soft and done. Drain and reserve the water in which it is cooked.

2. In a food processor blend  the chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt to a smooth paste scraping the sides in between.  Add more olive oil / reserved water if needed. Garnish with chopped parsley, a sprinkle of sumac and a little extra virgin olive oil.

 

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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