Falafel Pita

Ok, another delicious recipe that Wardie loves!  I also love it because it's healthy, cheap and easy--the trifecta:)  I found it in an old issue of Parenting magazine and tweaked it a bit.

1 1/2 cups dried chickpeas (found in the aisle with the dried beans)
1/2 onion, chopped (it calls for a whole one, but I think that's too much)
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 c fresh parsley leaves
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cumin (I added a bit more of this--it's the crucial flavor)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (can be a bit spicy for little ones, not necessary)

Olive oil
Pita pockets (I use wheat ones, which were delicious!)
Cherry tomatoes, sliced
Lettuce leaves, torn
Plain Greek Yogurt
Mint, chopped

Get some water boiling in a large pot.  Add a little salt and then the chickpeas.  The recipe says to cook these for 10 minutes, or until slightly softened, but I think you need to do this way longer.  I recommend about 20 minutes or so.  You don't want the centers too hard, and they were the first time I made them which made the texture sort of weird.  Once they're done, drain them and let them cool a bit.  Or, cheat and run cold water over them like I do.

Get out your huge food processor that you probably have to drag out from the basement or some hidden cupboard and clean out because you use it twice a year.  Toss in the chickpeas, onion, garlic and parsley.  You want this pretty well pureed.

Then, pour the whole thing in a bowl and mix in the baking powder, cumin, salt and red pepper flakes.  I also read that adding a bit of flour would help the whole thing stick together.  I have no idea how much--I'd guess a tablespoon or two would be good.  The recipe says to then refrigerate the mixture for an hour.  I don't do this.  Maybe I should.

Heat some olive oil in a skillet on medium.  Take the mixture and form patties by hand and once the oil is hot, add the patties to the pan.  Fry them for a few minutes and turn them over and do the same thing.  Like a hamburger, minus the meat.

And, finally, take your pita pocket and add a patty, lettuce, tomatoes, greek yogurt and a little mint and enjoy!!


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