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Falafel, Vegetarian Style

Cuisine: German
Type: Vegetables
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 tablespoon 15mlGarlic clove minced
1 tablespoon 15mlOnion (medium)
1/2 cup 118mlParsley fresh
15 oz 426gChickpeas canned
1 tablespoon 15mlLemon juice
1 teaspoon 5mlCumin seed - ground
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlBasil
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlCoriander - ground
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlThyme - ground
1/2 tablespoon 7.5mlTabasco sauce
2   French bread
1/2 cup 31g / 1.1ozWhole wheat flour
1 tablespoon 15mlExtra virgin olive oil
4   Pita whole wheat - (6" diam.)
2   Tomato raw (medium)
1   Cucumber (medium)

Recipe Instructions

You need a serving of hot sauce and yogurt sauce for this recipe.

Dice the onion into 1/4 pieces. Tear the French bread slices into large pieces and soak in cold water to cover. Dice the cucumbers and tomatoes and shred lettuce into small strips to add on top as garnishes after sandwich is done. Preheat oven to 375F. Blend garlic, 1/2 onion and parsley in a blender until finely minced. Add chickpeas and blend until finely chopped and pasty. Add lemon juice, cumin, basil, coriander, thyme and Tabasco. Squeeze the water out of bread and add to blender. Blend until well mixed. Form the mixture into 16 balls. Flatten each ball to form a 1/2 inch thick patty and dredge in flour. Place patties on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes. Turn patties and bake another 10 minutes. Remove from oven. In a heavy large skillet heat half the olive oil over medium high heat. Add patties and fry until golden brown on bottom.

Turn patties and add remainder of oil swirling it so it comes in contact with all patties. Fry until brown and crispy, then drain on paper towels. To serve: Cut off about 1/3 of each pita round and open to form a pocket. Fill each pocket with 4 falafel balls. Garnish with lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber and the sauces.

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