I live nearby a Palestinian restaurant, and they make the best falafel and shawarma sandwiches known to man. Even better than my own, I’m not gonna lie. But making them homemade is more fun than paying someone else to make it for you.
Here are some pictures I took of my completed sandwiches, which are so stuffed you can’t even see the falafel:
Since the falafel wasn’t visible, I couldn’t use them on the menu… I showed these pictures to some friends and they called them “pita bread with salad”. Yeah thanks…
Ingredients (makes about 8 patties)
1 cup dried chickpeas
2 cups water
1 small brown onion
4 garlic cloves
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1&1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp flour
2 tsp lemon juice (about half a lemon)
olive oil to grease baking sheet and brush on tops of patties
3 tbsp tahini
juice from half a lemon
1/4 tsp salt
1. Soak dried chickpeas in water for 12-24 hours to make them nice and plump.
2. Add chickpeas to food processor along with all the other ingredients, diced.
3. Process until finely ground, but not puréed.
4. Add to bowl and cover with plastic wrap and put in fridge for 1-2 hours.
5. Roll into desired shape and place onto an oiled baking sheet.
6. Lightly brush tops with olive oil and place into oven preheated to 400F
7. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned on both sides.
For the tahini sauce:
1. Add tahini to the serving bowl.
2. Squeeze in the lemon juice over a strainer or use a lemon squeezer.
3. Add salt.
4. Mix 1 tbsp of water in with the tahini at a time, making sure the mixture has a nice consistency before adding the next.
5. Keep adding until the mixture is a nice pale brown colour and the sauce has a runny consistency, like a light gravy.
6. Serve the falafel hot (feel free to reheat it in the microwave) and all your toppings plated, as pictured! Do it exactly like this! No deviating!
I’M KIDDING. ENJOY YOUR FOOD THE WAY YOU WISH TO ENJOY YOUR FOOD! Also, I forgot the hot sauce… please don’t forget the hot sauce. ;-;