Baked Falafel Sandwich

Baked Falafel Sandwich
Baked Falafel Sandwich
A popular Middle Eastern combo, this Falafel sandwich combines the healthy and hearty chickpea patties with pita bread. 
Yields: 8 Falafels/ 4 Sandwiches

1)For Falafels:

Chickpeas- 1 can (drained and rinsed)
Onion- 1
Parsley- 1 handful 
Coriander- 1 handful
Lemon Juice- 1 tablespoon 
Cumin Powder- 1/2 teaspoon 
Garlic powder- 1/2 teaspoon ( or you can use 2-3 Garlic cloves also)
Sesame seeds- 1 tablespoon 
Salt- to taste
Paprika Powder- 1 teaspoon 
Chickpea flour- 1 tablespoon
Little vegetable oil for brushing Falafels 

2)For Tahini Sauce:

Sesame seeds- 4 tablespoon 
Garlic powder- 1/2 teaspoon 
Lemon juice- 1 tablespoon 
Parsley- 2 tablespoon 
Salt- to taste
Paprika Powder- 1/4th teaspoon 
Oil- 1 teaspoon 
Little water (about 2 tablespoon, to adjust thickness)

3) Pita Bread or Arabic Bread/ Khaboos- 4

4) For Salad Fillings:
Lettuce- washed and hand torn
Tomato slices 
Onion slices 
Cucumber slices 
Jalapeño Pepper
(Use Salad Filling according to your taste and preferences)


For Falafel:

We will start by by adding the chickpeas to a food processor and pulse until chunky.

Add in the coriander, parsley, onion, cumin powder, garlic powder, lemon juice, flour and paprika powder.

Pulse until all the ingredients are minced well.

Do not pulse too much as we want a crumbly, chunky mixture (don’t over-process, you want to obtain texture, not a paste).

Add in sesame seeds.

Season with salt to taste.

Falafel mixture is ready.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Take about 2- 2.5 tablespoon of falafel mixture and shape it into about 2 inch circular patty.

Similarly make all the patties.

Place all the patties on the baking tray and keep the tray in fridge for about half an hour.

Brush the top of the falafel with oil prior to baking.

Set oven on preheat mode.

After half an hour, take out the tray from the fridge and keep in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 180*C.

The falafels will turn to golden brown color.

Falafels are ready to be served.

For Tahini Sauce:

Grind together everything listed under the Ingredients of Tahini Sauce.

Check and adjust seasonings according to your taste.

Now, all the ingredients are ready.
We will Assemble the sandwich now.

Heat a frying pan or griddle to medium high heat. 

Spray or brush with little amount of cooking oil. 

Heat the pita rounds for 2 minutes on each side. The pita may begin to brown a little.

Cut each pita in half, open the cut end forming a pocket.

Stuff each pita half with the Falafels, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumber, sliced onion, olives and jalapeños.

Drizzle with the tahini sauce.

Serve immediately.