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Most people have heard of the term Falafel but there still remains much controversy in terms of its origin-whether it is from the Middle East, Africa, or another region. As with most street foods, the falafel has hundreds of variations based on who you speak to about the recipe. We used a hack to make this favorite a bit healthier by not deep frying it, yet still keeping the bold flavors and crunch. Layer on the veggies and sauces and you have a complete, healthy and tasty meal which the whole family is sure to want in the weekly rotation.
Serves: 6
  1. Add chickpeas, parsley, onions, garlic, chili powder, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder to the food processor
  2. Pulse until the chickpeas are broken up but not completely pureed
  3. Using the spatula wipe down the sides and pulse again as needed
  4. Transfer chickpea mixture to mixing bowl
  5. Add chickpea flour a few tablespoons at a time to get a slightly firm consistency
  6. Preheat paniyaram pan on the stove on medium-low heat
  7. Add a drop of oil into each opening of the paniyaram pan
  8. Using a spoon or melon baller, drop the falafel mixture into the paniyaram pan
  9. Close the lid on the pan
  10. After 3 minutes, flip the falafel over to cook the other side
  11. While this cooks, make the tzatziki sauce:
  12. In a bowl, mix yogurt, garlic, cucumber, lemon juice, salt and tahini paste
  13. Mix well and set aside
  14. After 3 minutes, remove the falafel from the paniyaram pan
  15. Assemble the falafel:
  16. Cut pita pocket in half
  17. Spread tzatziki sauce on the inside of the pita
  18. Break the falafel in half and layer inside of pita
  19. Add lettuce and tomato
  20. Add falafel
  21. Add tzatziki sauce and sambal for spice (optional)
  22. Serve and Enjoy!
Serving suggestion
This can be served as a salad bowl without the pita using your favorite salad ingredients, the falafel balls, hummus, tzatziki and other sauces.

Vegan Variation: This recipe is completely vegan if you substitute a vegan yogurt in the sauce.

No Onion/ No Garlic: Omit the onions and garlic and follow along with the original recipe
Recipe by Instapottin' With Poonam at https://www.instapottinwithpoonam.com/falafel/