Chickpea Flour Falafel Pitas

Chickpea Flour Falafel Pitas

Pan-fried falafel stuffed inside pitas with a lemony sour cream sauce, crumbled feta, lettuce and pine nuts. The falafel are made with chickpea flour alone, there aren’t any real chickpeas involved like you would find in a traditional version. These are cheater’s falafel, suited for when you don’t have chickpeas on hand but crave a falafel like there’s no tomorrow.

Chickpea flour to the rescue, along with garlic, onion, fresh cilantro, ground cumin and coriander. The falafel are pan-fried and come out crusty with creamy interiors. They’re texture is a little different from a regular chickpea falafel, a little drier, but the same flavors are all there.

For those of you wondering what on earth a falafel is, it’s a deep-fried chickpea fritter. A middle-eastern croquette of sorts. One of my favorite foods in the entire universe. Ridiculously delicious beyond explanation.

I usually make tzatziki or tahini sauce or sometimes both but I didn’t have any of the ingredients on hand. It was slim-pickin’s. I did have lemons and sour cream so I made a bright, simple sauce. I also had the remnants of feta cheese, just enough to give it a little salty bite and because I was craving the crunch of pine nuts I sprinkled a few of those on too. Falafel reinvented.

Craving abated.

Chickpea Flour Falafel

Chickpea Flour Falafel Pitas

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Yield: about 4 servings

Chickpea Flour Falafel Pitas

Pan-fried falafel, chickpea fritters, stuffed inside pitas with a lemony sour cream sauce, crumbled feta, lettuce and pine nuts.

Ingredients:

falafel:
1/3 cup finely diced yellow onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup fresh cilantro or parsley, finely chopped
1 + 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 cup hot water (not boiling)
olive oil, for pan-frying
sauce:
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 - 3 tablespoons water
for serving:
pitas
shredded lettuce + diced tomatoes + thin-sliced red onion
crumbled feta cheese
pine nuts

Instructions:

  1. Combine all the falafel ingredients except the oil in a bowl and whisk together. Add the hot water and stir until combined. Allow to rest ten minutes.
  2. Meanwhile whisk together all the sauce ingredients, adding enough water to make a sauce.
  3. In a deep-sided skillet or frying pan heat 1/4-inch of oil over medium heat. Scoop up heaping tablespoons of the batter and pat into discs. Cook in batches about 2 minutes on each side. Add more oil if needed. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Stuff in pitas with your choice of fixins and drizzle generously with sauce.

Notes:

Adapted from Bob's Red Mill

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