Falafel-Stuffed Pitas

As much as I love middle Eastern food, I've always been intimidated by it. I love falafels, but for the longest time I had no idea what was actually IN a falafel patty. Will has been deployed to Iraq multiple times, and there were a couple of instances when he was able to leave the base with the translators and have some of the local food. He praised it to the skies, and when I suggested trying a falafel pita recipe I found, Will practically started salivating on the spot. It was surprisingly easy, and this dish definitely fits in with my "healthy eating" week before Thanksgiving.
Source: Cooking Light, November 2003


  • Falafel:
  • 1/4  cup  dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4  cup  chopped cilantro
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  ground cumin
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground red pepper
  • 2  garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1  large egg
  • 1  (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • Sauce:
  • 1/2  cup  plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2  tablespoons  fresh lemon juice
  • 2  tablespoons  tahini (sesame-seed paste)
  • 1  garlic clove, minced
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • 4  (6-inch) whole wheat pitas, cut in half
  • 8  curly leaf lettuce leaves
  • 16  (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato

1. To prepare falafel, place first 8 ingredients in a food processor; process mixture until smooth.
2. Divide mixture into 16 equal portions, and shape each portion into a 1/4-inch-thick patty.
3. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties, and cook 5 minutes on each side or until patties are browned.
4. To prepare sauce, combine yogurt, lemon juice, tahini, and 1 garlic clove, stirring mixture with a whisk.

5. Spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini sauce into each pita half.
6. Fill each pita half with 1 lettuce leaf, 2 tomato slices, and 2 patties.


  1. Hi I'm from thebump's Dec 2010 forum! Was just dropping in to say hi! I've been trying to meet new blogging people especially mommies who will have little ones the same age as mine. :)

  2. Hello to you, too! Thank you for dropping by! :) When is your due date?


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