Falafel in Pita with Yogurt Sauce
- 2 tablespoons canola oil, plus extra for frying
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 (14-ounce) cans chick peas, drained
- 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
- 5 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups freshly chopped parsley leaves
- 3/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves
- Pitas, for sandwich
- Toppings: shredded lettuce and chopped tomato, sliced cucumbers
- Yogurt Dipping Sauce, recipe follows
- Yogurt Dipping Sauce:
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro leaves
- 2 teaspoons freshly chopped parsley leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- Kosher salt, as needed
In medium skillet over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons oil and sweat onion and peppers 2 to 3 minutes then garlic and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
In a food processor, pulse together chick peas, red chili flakes, ground cumin, the egg, salt and black pepper to form a coarse consistency. Then add flour, parsley, and cilantro. Pulse until mixture starts pulling from the sides of the food processor.
Remove mixture to a large bowl and mix in the onion mixture. Chill falafel until ready to cook.
Roll falafel dough into 1-inch rounds. Then form rounds into an oblong quenelle shape, like a football.
In a thick-bottomed skillet heat 1/2 inch of canola oil over medium heat to 350 degrees F. Cook falafel balls a few at a time, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Be sure to turn them so they do not burn or stick to the bottom of the pan. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt while still hot.Yogurt Dipping Sauce:
Mix the yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, cilantro, parsley and cumin together in a small bowl. Add salt to taste. Chill until ready to use.
Yield: 1 cup
Recipe courtesy Guy Fieri, 2008