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Ultimate Pita Bread with Baked Falafel and Yoghurt Sauce

Pita bread with Baked Falafel: Dive into a healthier, baked version of the classic falafel paired with creamy Yoghurt Tahini Sauce.


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Pita with baked falafel and tahini yoghurt served

The rich tapestry of Middle Eastern cuisine is filled with aromatic spices, diverse flavours, and dishes that tell a story of ancient traditions and cultures.

Among these dishes, falafel stands out as a beloved classic. Traditionally deep-fried and bursting with flavour, falafel has found its way into the hearts (and stomachs) of many worldwide.


Leicester bakery pita bread

But what if we told you there's a way to enjoy this dish more healthily without sacrificing its authentic taste?


Enter the Pita bread with Baked Falafel served with a luscious Hanini Yoghurt Tahini Sauce.


chickpeas prepared

Onions added to chickpeas

The Evolution of Falafel: A Brief History

Falafel's origins are a topic of debate. Some believe it originated in Egypt, while others argue for its Levantine roots. Regardless of its birthplace, falafel has travelled across borders, with each region adding its unique twist.

Today, it's not just a Middle Eastern favourite but a global sensation, enjoyed in wraps, sandwiches, and even as a standalone snack. For this recipe, we are using Leicester Bakery White Pita Bread.


Adding spices to falafel recipe

Falafel mix ready

Why Baked is the New Fried

Many are seeking alternatives to traditional fried foods in today's health-conscious world. Baking offers a solution. By baking the falafel, we significantly reduce the oil and fats, making it a heart-friendly and waistline-friendly option.


The baking process ensures the falafel balls are tender inside while achieving that desired outer crispiness.


Shaping the falafel

Falafel brushed with olive oil

Baked falafel


Pairing with Yoghurt Tahini Sauce: A Match Made in Culinary Heaven

The Yoghurt Tahini Sauce is not just an accompaniment; it's an essential part of the experience.

The creaminess of the yoghurt combined with the nutty undertones of tahini creates a symphony of flavours, enhancing the taste of the baked falafel.

With its velvety texture, this sauce also introduces a cooling element, balancing the falafel spices.


Hanini yoghurt

Adding yoghurt to tahini

Squeezing lemon with yoghurt tahini mix

Conclusion


Embarking on this culinary journey with the Baked Falafel and Yoghurt Tahini Sauce not only satiates your taste buds but also offers a glimpse into Middle Eastern cuisine's rich history and tradition.

Whether you're hosting a dinner party or looking for a wholesome meal for the family, this dish promises to be a showstopper.


So, don your chef's hat and transport your kitchen to the aromatic lanes of the Middle East!


Pita with baked falafel and tahini yoghurt served

Baked Falafel: A Step-by-Step Guide


Ingredients:

  • 400g canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped

  • 2-3 garlic cloves

  • 30g fresh parsley, stems removed

  • 30g fresh cilantro, stems removed (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder or cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 80g breadcrumbs or flour

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (for brushing)


Method:

  1. Preparation: Begin by preheating your oven to 190°C (375°F). While it's warming up, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Blending: Using a food processor, blend chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, spices, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Aim for a thick paste, but ensure small bits remain for that authentic falafel texture.

  3. Shaping: Add breadcrumbs or flour for consistency if your mixture feels too wet. Once done, shape them into small balls or patties and place them neatly on the baking sheet.

  4. Baking: Brush each falafel lightly with olive oil before placing them in the oven. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. Remember to turn them halfway through to ensure an even golden-brown hue.

  5. Serving: Once baked to perfection, serve them warm with the Yoghurt Tahini Sauce and your choice of sides.


Yogurt Tahini Sauce: The Perfect Companion

Ingredients:

  • 200g Hanini plain yoghurt

  • 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)

  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Optional: a sprinkle of paprika or chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Method:

  1. Mixing: In a mixing bowl, whisk the yoghurt, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice until you achieve a smooth consistency.

  2. Seasoning: Season with salt and pepper. If you prefer a tangier sauce, add more lemon juice.

  3. Serving: This sauce can be drizzled over the baked falafel or served on the side as a dip. For an added touch, garnish with paprika or fresh parsley.


Fill in your Leicester Bakery White Pita Bread (or wholemeal, depending on preference) with lettuce, onions, tomatoes and falafel, then top up with the Yoghurt Tahini sauce.



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