Thursday, May 26, 2011

Baked Falafel Sandwich With Home Made Hummus, Tahini And Whole Wheat Oats Pita Bread

Crispy and crunchy brown croquettes known as Falafels are a world wide sensation. People love to indulge in these scrumptious fried goodies, and I am among one of those who can devour many of these easily without even thinking twice about the amount of extra calories these come loaded with.

When fried these falafels loose all their nutritional qualities and become just fat balls. And since few days I have been eating healthy diet and trying to reduce the consumption of fat, so decided to bake these and made a wholesome meal out of falafels. I served these with whole wheat and oats flour pita bread along with some hummus and tahini sauce.

This was my first attempt at making pita pockets at home and to make them healthy I made these combining whole wheat flour and oats along with some Italian seasoning. Though the All purpose flour pitas taste more good, these come without guilt. Initially I baked these pita pockets but I got really mad after seeing papad like pitas...then I remembered seeing these at Priya's space where she makes them like rotis. I too used that technique and voila I had some soft and delicious pita pockets.

Would like to thank my new buddy Meghna who sparked the idea of healthy eating in me.

Leaning Tower Of Falafel

Baked Falafel: (Yields around 13)

Ingredients:

Chick Peas Soaked Overnight- 2 Cups ( Soaked Chick Peas)
Garlic- 2 Cloves
Onion- 1 Big
Coriander Leaves- 1/2 Bunch
Bread Crumbs- 2 tbsp
Coriander Powder- 1 tsp
Roasted Cumin Powder- 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder- 1/2 tsp or more
Salt- To Taste
Lemon Juice- 2 tsp
Baking Powder- 1/4 tsp
Baking Soda- 1/4 tsp
Olive Oil- To Brush the falafels

Procedure:
  • Preheat the oven to 230 degrees C.
  • Rinse the soaked chick peas with ample fresh water and drain. Grind the drained chick peas in a food processor or mixie coarsely without adding any water and empty in a big bowl.
  • Now dry grind the coriander leaves along with onion and garlic and add it in bowl along with chick peas.
  • Add in bread crumbs, salt, coriander powder, cumin powder,red chilli powder, baking powder, baking soda and lemon juice to the chick peas mixture.
  • Mix evenly all the ingredients and shape it in balls and flatten them little like patties.
  • Brush with olive oil on both sides of the balls.
  • Arrange them in the baking tray and bake for around 50 minutes turning the falafels once in between till they brown from outside and become crunchy.


    Tahini:

    Ingredients: 

    White Sesame- 1/4 Cup
    Lemon Juice- 1 to 2 tbsp
    Olive Oil- 1 tsp
    Water As Required
    Salt- To Taste

    Procedure:
    • Dry roast the sesame seeds in a pan or kadhai till they very slightly change their colour and release the aroma. Keep aside to cool.
    • Add the sesame seeds and other ingredients in the mixer jar and grind till a smooth paste is obtained. Adjust the thickness as required by adding more or less water.
      Hummus


      Hummus:

      Ingredients:

      Chick Peas Soaked Overnight And Pressure Cooked- 1 Cup (Cooked Chick Peas)
      Tahini- 1 tbsp
      Garlic- 2 Cloves
      Lemon Juice- 2 -3 tbsp
      Mint Leaves- 3 or 4
      Salt- To Taste
      Olive Oil- 1 tbsp
      Water

      Procedure:
      Add all the ingredients in the mixer except oil and grind to make a smooth paste. Transfer the ground hummus in a bowl and pour olive oil on top.






      Pita Bread:


      Ingredients:

      Whole Wheat Flour- 1 1/2 Cup
      Ground Oats Flour- 1/2 Cup
      Instant Yeast- 1 1/2 tsp
      Salt- 1/2 tsp
      Sugar- 1/2 tsp
      Italian Seasoning- 1 tsp
      Luke warm Water- Around 200 ml

      Procedure:
      • In a large bowl add whole wheat flour, oats flour along with yeast, salt, sugar and Italian seasoning.
      • Combine everything nicely and start kneading in a dough using the luke warm water.
      • Knead for 5-10 minutes till the dough turns smooth and soft. 
      • Keep the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a greased plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise for about an hour.
      • After the dough has risen pinch out balls just like when making rotis. Roll the dough using little flour into desired size and cook on heat on a flat skillet or tava allowing the pitas to puff up.


      Assembling The Sandwich:


      Take some shredded and chopped vegetables of your choice and spread it on the pita, then top it up with falafel, some hummus, tahini and wrap it in a foil. Serve immediately else it may become soggy.

      Linking this to Fast Food Not Fat Food Event hosted by Priya of Bon Appetit brain child of Priya of Now Serving.



      51 comments:

      1. That looks really appetizing Raji!! I just had my lunch and now ur picture is again making me hungry!!

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      2. There is nothing like all home made stuff. What a wonderful ensemble :)

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      3. Thanks @ Grishma @ Priya...home made stuff always rocks!!!

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      4. wow...these are really more appetizing n u have done a great job...all homemade, so fresh n healthy indeed...you rock!!!
        am yet to try pita pockets :)

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      5. Raji... You ROck Girl!!! Nicely done. Of course will be on my menu in very near future. TO Healthy Eating. Thanks Raji!!

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      6. This is sure delicious and filling food. Love all the 3 dishes, but the winner surely is the home made pita bread. You rock.

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      7. The pics are making me hungry. Loved it.
        Show and Tell

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      8. That sandwich looks absolutely mouthwatering! I love falafel!

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      9. wow looks very tasty and healthy..

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      10. I love falafel a lot , making pita bread at home is superb idea......will try it during this weekend only. Thanks yaar, you explained it so beautifully ........your recipes always make things easier.

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      11. wow they look wonderful and very well presented !!

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      12. what a wonderful sandwich..liked all the detailed explanations..good job dear

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      13. hey raji, this is rocking stuff, do send it to my event http://eq-myblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/fast-food-not-fat-food-3.html

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      14. Everything is homemade wonderful. Love each one of them.

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      15. I have had this once in Pita inn.Never thought about making at home. Looks delicious and yummy.Have bookmarked it
        South Indian Recipes

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      16. Omg, cant take my eyes from that last click,filling,satifying sandwich..Simply loving it..

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      17. Looks yummy and lovely pictures ...

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      18. I was thinking to make the same exactly to bake it n made wheat pita bread :) ...you have done it ..great one Raji ..going to try this

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      19. baked falafels!! that is superb! Ive got to try this ! love it!

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      20. Wow...that's an fab recipe.....looks indulging....

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      21. What an indulging post...Don't know what to comment on - baked falafel, hummus, pita bread...I'm drooling here

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      22. Very tempting dear,clicks are awesome...

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      23. WOW, pics are absolutely drool worthy. Great work, Raji! Thanks for sharing a very innovative recipe. Wish I could have one now ;)

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      24. Lovely recipe! It looks nice and palatable!

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      25. looks delish... i made some too, but instead of baking, i used the appam chatti to fry them with minimum oil... turned out great... must post soon

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      26. Delicious recipe, looks inviting.

        Prathima Shivraj
        http://tastyvantalu.blogspot.com/

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      27. The baked version looks so good and also it did really managed to lean.

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      28. Makes me hungry..looks awesome,love it.

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      29. excellent post..homemade are always good & tasty too.

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      30. good to see the baked falafel... love to have these , I also make them baked. Me too trying to follow a healthy lifestyle... love your space.

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      31. this looks n sounds delicious..very pretty n must be very tasty too..:P
        Tasty Appetite
        Event: Letz Relishh Ice Creams

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      32. Great work ~ it always works the best to make these at home as you can pick n choose exactly the way you like it! Loved your pita bread n the baked felafels ~ I always always bake my felafels n never fry them ~ almost follow the same recipe too.
        US Masala

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      33. I love falafel..And head over heels in love with ur version as its delicious, baked & healthy :)
        Prathima Rao
        Prats Corner

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      34. Nothing like home made :P u've made it so wonderfully. loved the filling :P

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      35. Looks very tempting..... and healthy as well...

        please take a look at my space when you get time.
        http://recipecongeries.blogspot.com

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      36. VIGO SPAIN .. Hello from visiting your blog again ... I love this recipe with chickpea hummus and pita bread ... looks fantastic and the previous post I pointed uhmmmm great ... beautiful pictures .. greetings MARIMI

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      37. Yum!! Home made mediterranean food, esp falafels -have never tried them at home! Definitely bookmarking this for next week :) thanks for sharing Raji!

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      38. Superb effort.Great recipe.Love your blog.

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      39. Chickpeas hummus and pita bread looks so delicious and yummy.Excellent presentation.

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      40. That would be a great wrap to enjoy and what i liked the most is BAKED falafel.This is amazing the way you shared every recipe in so much detail. I am going to try this sometime :)

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      41. Looks really yummm... so healthy and tasty!

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      42. This looks yummy....you have a lovely blog...I am having a giveaway in my blog..Y dont you check and join that
        http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/2011/05/chocolate-recipe-and-chocolate.html

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      43. I've always loved falafel and your baked version have me drooling! In fact your whole sandwich looks Really good and well worth the effort you spent making them :-).

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      44. I too have bookmarked from priyas.. urs is super healthy da..
        A standing applause for ur effort..

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      45. totally psyched that you tried the pitas - that entire platter of dishes are absolutely inviting!

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      46. Falafel sandwich is a popular recipe from Middle East, consists of chickpeas that are shaped into patties.

        Falafel sandwich

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