Falafel Sandwich

May 19th, 2010 filed under Sandwiches, Vegan
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FalafelFalafel is a popular Middle Eastern chick pea patty. Falafel is stuffed in pita bread with salad and sauce.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Recipe serves 4.



  • 1 cup dried chick peas (garbanzo, kabli chana)
  • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 green chili
  • About 1/4 inch piece of ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour (plain flour, maida)
  • Also need oil to fry

Tahini Sauce

  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • About 2 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • About 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 green chili adjust to taste
  • About 1/4 cup water use as needed

Also Need

  • 2 cups of thinly sliced lettuce
  • 2 medium size chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 4 pocket pita bread


Tahini Sauce

  1. In a small frying pan dry roast the sesame seeds on medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. mix all the ingredients and blend to make a pourable paste use water as needed
  3. Keep it aside.


  1. Soak the chickpeas in 4 cups of water over night. After soaking chickpeas will be about 2 and half time in volume.
  2. In pressure cooker add chickpeas with the 3 cups of water. Close the cooker and put the pressure on.
  3. Cook on medium high heat.
  4. As pressure cooker starts steaming turn the heat down to medium and cook for about 4 minutes.
  5. Close the heat and wait until steam has stopped before opening the pressure cooker. Chickpeas should be just tender not very soft.
  6. Drain the water and let it cool; combine all the ingredients for falafel grind using food processor, mixture should be grainy. If needed add few spoons of water.
  7. Divide the mixture in 24 equal parts or make them as desired size patties.
  8. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium high heat.
  9. The frying pan should have at least 1 ½ inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put small piece of dough in oil. The dough should come up but not change color right away.
  10. Slowly drop the falafel patties in the oil and fry until they are brown in color both sides. It should take about 5-6 minutes to cook each batch.
  11. Keep the patties aside.

Serving suggestion

  1. Take pita bread and heat over the skillet on medium high heat both sides lightly.
  2. Slice the pita bread from center in half take one part and open from center looking like a pocket.
  3. Fill the pita pocket with chopped lettuce so it 1/3 full. Next add some chopped tomatoes and cucumber.
  4. Pour about one tablespoon of tahini sauce, 3 to 4 pieces of falafel and again tahini sauce.
  5. It’s best to serve the sandwich with hot falafels. Falafels can be easily re-heated before serving using an oven or toaster oven.


Serve the falafel over green salad use the tahini sauce as a dressing.

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61 Responses to “Falafel Sandwich”

  1. kris says:

    Hi Manjula Aunty,
    Quick question, can i prepare the mixutre a day or two ahead and just fry when i need it? also if i were to add onions to it will it get more soggy before frying?


  2. […] But one day my dear husband ( once a blue moon he will cook) came with lots of grocery and said.. I am going to prepare today’s dinner. At first, as usual, I made a funny face. But when I finally started eating… I really liked it. Both my children loved it!! But the falafel was ready to mix… Tesco food pack. I didn’t wanted to use it. I’ve subscribed to “Manjula’s Kitchen” I got a mail… Saying falafel salad!! So here is the out come!! Thanks to Manjula’s kitchen ( on you tube) I’ve added extra ingredients to the salad. http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/2010/05/19/falafel-sandwich/ […]

  3. S.GAYATHRI says:

    Madam, I use to watch your site very often, your recipes are very good. your way of presentation is too good. it really inspires us to cook.

  4. radha says:

    awesome recipe, I would recommend this to others who would like to prepare this recipe.

  5. [...] soup. I’m not sure what I’m making for my day, I was thinking maybe vegan quiche or falafel sandwhiches or maple corn [...]

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