Put falafel in a preheated 350° F oven. We can celebrate with these amazing gyros. And that sauce…if I could get all my vegetarian meals to taste like this, I’d go vegetarian TODAY. There are so many deviations and creations in the gyro world, stemming from different cultural areas but we wanted to keep it Greek and reseached it and came up with our rendition and take on Falafel that we call: Initially we wanted to use a fava bean to make the falafel, but decided to keep it real and use chickpeas. It becomes sweet and slightly acidic, as it is a cabbage, but the caramelized onion keep that on the down low, and in perfect balance both flavor and texture wise. And the cabbage must add a lovely crunch. Set aside. Song of the day: “Live at the Acropolis” by Yanni. Cheers! Instead I have leftovers 😉 I think I’ll make your falafel over the weekend though because have everything on hand! Put all the ingredients for the falafel into a food processor or blender and blend to a paste. Falafel Gyro with Hummus & Lemon Herb Tahini Drizzle. Those lemon, oregano olive oil roasted potatoes. This greek cucumber sauce is simple and … Place chickpeas in a large bowl and pour over plenty of cold water. Then add the flour and pulse until just incorporated. Well it is a flowering plant found in sub tropical and temperate  regions of the world. Hi Kathy, thank you for your comment. Let them soak overnight. Nicoletta purchased it at The Silk Road Spice Merchant, located in the old historic area of Strathcona, Edmonton. Greek cuisine is among my favourite ones. Toss in chopped onion. Sautee till onion softens, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Cook about 2 minutes a side. WE should start a falafel fan club. Leave to soak 12 + hours (even … Falafel isn’t a traditional Greek ingredient, but it can taste great as a vegetarian version of the traditional gyro! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Tag @sugarlovespices on Instagram and hashtag it #sugarlovespices. Loreto. This would describe the experience of these morsels of Mediterranean goodness. One thing I should mention is: have lots of napkins. Add hot sauce if desired. Spicy Falafel Gyros, Greek Style, crispy, soft, spicy, rich in flavor. Hi Dawn so true, so many wonderful cultures and cuisines out there. Top with chopped onion, diced tomato and then add 4 of the falafel balls. Your gyros look delicious! Then out of the corner of my mind, and Nicoletta’s love for falafel, I heard the faint cry “gyro”, and it became louder “GYROS”! Have a great Monday! Next time we are going to make falafel using fava beans. Hey leftovers are great. That nice crunch on the first round in and that interior that has all that steamed flavor all locked in. Sprinkle some oregano over all the ingredients. Hi Milena, Me too I love that distinct flavor and texture of the falafel. Falafel Gyro Recipe Ingredients: 4 Greek pita bread rounds; 1 recipe Greek tzatziki; 1 large onion, chopped; 2 medium tomatoes, diced; Crumbled feta … Wow, a Greek symphony of colours and flavours! Such a great idea – around the world in 12 plates! Pour the chickpeas into a large bowl and cover them by about 3 inches of cold water. After that it’s really really quick to make. Loreto. Pour them into your food processor along with the chopped onion, garlic cloves, parsley, flour or chickpea flour (use chickpea flour to make gluten free), salt, cumin, ground coriander, black pepp… For me culture has always been a passion, and in my earlier years had the opportunity to emmerse myself in the, and am so grateful for the experience and beautiful memories. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the outside is crisp. Pulse until the chickpeas begin to break down, about 30 seconds. If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I’ve done a similar recipe but I tweaked the falafel for this sandwich and I really think they’re my best falafel, yet! Its flavor is citrusy and tart, reminiscent of vinegar or lemon. I hope you will try this one, it is so tasy and is luxurious in texture. Thank you Korena, it was a colorful dish, with some amazing flavors, and I just absolutely love falafel, love that crispy coating, and soft texture inside. Doesn’t even have to be in a gyro, just love the flavors and the texture. They are only about products we normally purchase, or places and blogs we like. Pulse food processor till mixture becomes smooth. Lots and lots of parsley. Continue this until all your falafel are formed. Add the drained chickpeas to a food processor. Falafel is a cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet and if you’ve ever a had truly authentic falafel recipe, you’ll know why. I’m sure there are many more but I can’t think of any other ones of the top of my head. The spice comes from the combo cumin and chili powder, and mixing a bit of yellow onion, and sesame oil, gives this spicy falafel texture and a nice nutty flavor, combined with that sweet onion taste. Love that you put a spicy spin on it and wish I could reach into my computer, pull out that sandwich and eat it for dinner tonight. I have learnt over the years to live in gratitude and enjoy the moment, which I share with my love Nicoletta. Lots and lots of parsley. The plant flowers in a peppercorn cluster fashion and those are picked and dried, then ground and used for spice. This is the best falafel recipe I know of. The sumac is wonderful for sauces or ethnic stews. Fry patties in hot oil until brown on both … Have a wonderful week end, and thank you! you say. They will double in size as they soak you will have between 4 and 5 cups of beans after soaking. Serve tzatziki with pita bread, vegetables, or grilled meats. Scoop small balls of the mixture onto the baking tray. Loreto, I’ve always been so intimidated by making falafel but it looks so so delicious =O I used to have gyros from a local place by my high school for lunch, so now you’ve made me nostalgic XD, Hi Lisa, always like some nastalgia. Loreto. Wow – I am not familiar with Sumac! Its kind of funny but most high schools have these middle eastern places by them, smart business move, lol. Hope you guys have a wonderful week! © 2018 SugarLoveSpices Designs. This version of falafel has a bit of both the worlds, sweet and spicy. Happy Cooking! ★☆ ★☆ Falafel is a Middle Eastern dish made from chickpeas and/or fava beans. Meanwhile, drop spoonfuls of the chickpea mixture onto a plate with 1/4 cup flour. Loreto, Rate this recipe I always love when we face our fears and feel so relieved after. Place some salad greens along the sides of the cabbage. ; 3 Next, mash the chickpeas/garbanzo beans. Ingredients. You can use a food processor, but we used a spoon,potato masher, and our blender. We were sold at first taste and wasted no time in going and purchasing it from the Italian store. For this recipe, we used our authentic falafel recipe for our vegan gyro. Loreto. 4 cups Garbanzo Beans - 2 cans 4 cloves Garlic - minced 2 teaspoons Cumin 1 teaspoon Turmeric 1 teaspoon Salt 1/2 cup Onion - finely minced 1/4 cup Parsley Minced 1/4 cup Water 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice 1 dash Cayenne 1/3 cup Flour . While doing a collaboration with a fellow food blogger, we came upon a lovely creamy rich feta. Scoop rounded tablespoons of the falafel mixture into the hot oil and fry in small batches until browned and crisp, about 2 minutes. Serve with pita bread, tahini sauce, lettuce, and other chopped vegetables. Written by GreekBoston.com in Authentic Greek Food Recipes, Greek Style Gyro Recipes We are always so excited to find out the next place. Have a great weekend.CXheers! This would be just what we need to finish this Spicy Falafel Gyro, Greek Style, and we all know how much feta is a part of Greek food culture. Some of those so delicate and crispy spicy falafel. Thank God for the mixed greens and those tomatoes, they keep you balanced and alive, in between the hits of spices and delightful  textures. Whisk ingredients until well incorporated and finish with a dusting of the leftover sumac. I espe, I have such wonderful memories of cooking with my, Fettuccine alla Greca (Greek Style Fettuccine), Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Cream and Hazelnuts, Caramelized Onion Galette with Parmigiano Cream, Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli in Tomato Sauce. Let’s get some freshness in with those organic greens. Add more water as needed. I love the “around the world” series you guys are doing. Bake falafel at 400°F for about 5-10 minutes. I didn’t know a meatless gyro could taste so good. That crisp, delicious shell encapsulating a warm, tender and green … A nice slathering of the yogurt tahini sauce. Wet your hands, and scoop 1 tablespoon of the mixture into your hand and form a nice plump patty. ★☆ However, traditional falafel like this recipe is deep-fried, adding fat and calories. Add falafel balls, garlic tahini lemon dressing, and the rest of the pickled vegetable mixture. All in all, this Spicy Falafel Gyro, Greek Style, reminds us of the passion of the Greek culture, and how food is the spice of life. June 9, 2016 By theblondechefblog@gmail.com. Instructions Roll into balls on … I guess we would have to think that real through as you don’t want someone you don;t know reaching into your kitchen, maybe a screening process, lol. I can honestly eat falafel every day. of water to blender and blend for 1 minutes. Stay tunned. I love leftover pasta especially and you bake it till it is crisp and golden, yum. Feel free to also buy these at the store. Layer in the sauteed cabbage and onion. For a bit of freshness, a nice ripe tomato and some organic mixed greens. Falafel I found this recipe on BigOven, the cooking software/food networking that I prefer. Thank you Agness, it is always nice to motivate people especially in the food blog world. I always enjoy all the flavours that happen in falafel. Since I eat falafel so often at restaurants, I wanted a recipe … How Bad is Falafel … We now offer Virtual Cooking Classes on Yaymaker! Have a great week! I loved this recipe and you motivated me to try it, Loreto. O.M.G. This month in around the world in 12 plates takes us to Greece. Or try making baked falafel. In a medium saute pan, pour in oil. It is very citrus and tart ,which always goes well with those spicy flavors. Add in cultural food and I am in my personal heave. A great weekend to you both to! Add the parsley, baking powder and water, cumin, coriander, cayenne, garlic, onion and 2 teaspoons salt. Give falafel a makeover by using a mix of chickpeas and frozen peas, serve with couscous and a dollop of yogurt for a cheap but tasty meal 35 mins Easy Heat 1 inch of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Make falafel part of a healthy meal by pairing it with fresh vegetables like cucumber, tomato, and lettuce. Falafel is one of my favorite vegetarian things to eat. Take the falafel from the plate and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Nestled in on the sides of the falafel some beautiful juicy tomatoes. Just melts when you eat it, with all those delicious spices. While falafel are baking, place yogurt, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, paprika, 1/2 tsp sumac, salt, pepper, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, in a small bowl. Traditionally, it is deep fried to yield a crispy texture and often served in a pita. 1 For the falafel; 2 Start by preheating the oven to 350 and drizzling the oil evenly in a shallow baking pan (we used a small glass baking pan/casserole dish). Yay! Drop a few dollops of gyro sauce on falafel. Loreto, I think I could eat falafel every day! With a spatula place fried falafel on a dish with paper towel. I used dried garbanzo beans that I soaked, boiled, then baked as per the recipe instructions. Let’s not be stingy with the sauce, on goes a nice dollop and we close this gyro wrapping it up in a sandwich paper befitting the challenge. Repeat until you’ve used up all the bread. I hope you enjoyed these for lunch yesterday if you tried them. Medha: Mamoun's legendary falafel recipe starts with parsley. In a food processor toss in chickpeas, onions, parsley, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, sesame oil. Directions: 1. This month’s featured country is Greece, part of “Around the World in 12 Plates”. It's mixed with chopped onions and garlic and combined with a carefully weighed batch of chickpeas, the key ingredient to falafel. This is one of my passions culture, so when we were asked to do this series around the world in 12 plates, we were in right away and I was excited. For the garnishing aspect, Nicoletta and I decided on some beautifully sauteed purple onion and  purple cabbage. Thank you Natalie, it is so much fun to be a part of this around the world in 12 plates. Hi Terri, thank you for commenting. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a quick meatless dinner. I got it, why don’t we make gyros, lol. The best thing about this vegan falafel gyro is how fast it is. Make the pita bread and tzatziki according to the recipe instructions. So fun! Toss in red cabbage and saute for 10 minutes, adding dill, and balsamic vinegar. Have a great Friday. The first bite in and the toasted edges and warmth of the pita invite us into this Greek delight. It is essential in Middle Eastern, and Greek cuisine. Put falafel in a preheated 350° F oven. Bake for 20 minutes. I have bought from Silk road at the Farmer’s Market in Calgary and in Inglewood – they have a great selection! It is called Doric, and I have to tell you it is no word of  a lie delicious. Sure, you can make falafel from a mix but frankly, it's a far cry from authentic falafel. Falafel isn’t a traditional Greek ingredient, but it can taste great as a vegetarian version of the traditional gyro! Take the falafel from the plate and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Just make sure you read the instructions because the falafel mixture has to sit for a while. Sprinkle with feta cheese and drop another spoonful of tzatziki over the top, if desired. So many yummy cuisines out there, isn’t there 🙂 ? Let us know if you are interested. Thank you so much for your comments, I lov e reading them and equally responding to them. Place a pan over medium flame and add 2 tablespoons of oil in it. Have a great cooking week. Pulse until mixture begins … Sweet potato gives the sweetness while all the other spices gives the hint of spiciness… the texture falafel gets is from chickpea and flavor is from sweet potato... You can adjust the spiciness by adding more paprika or cayenne pepper or can add more of red chili powder. You can find dried fava beans in Middle Eastern grocery stores and some supermarkets. How about a nice moussaka,  layers  of Greek goodness and rich tomato sauce. Take three falafel and place down the center of the pita. ★☆ Tzatziki sauce is easy to make with Greek yogurt, cucumber, lemon, garlic, and fresh dill. It’s one of my favourite things, especially when paired with a creamy sauce. Loreto. Happy weekend to you both 🙂, Hi Karrie, wouldn’t that be wonderful if we could reach into the computer and try these wonderful foods. If spices are your thing, then this will be a great playground for you. You can’t have a gyro without some kind of creamy sauce, whether tzatziki, or a sweet sauce. Putting this baby together is shear joy. Take a pita round and scoop a good spoonful of the gyro sauce. Tzatziki Sauce: 1 cup Vegenaise; 3 cloves chopped garlic; 1/4 cup chopped dill or 1 tbsp dried dill; salt & pepper; 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice; 1-2 tbsp cold pressed extra virgin olive oil You can serve falafel with Alkaline Electric Hummus, make a falafel salad, or make a gyro with Alkaline Electric Flatbread, hummus, tzatziki sauce, and your choice of vegetables! Roll the gyro sandwich and wrap it in aluminum foil so it can hold the shape. These look so great. With a spatula place fried falafel on a dish with paper towel. Spread a generous amount tzatziki onto the pita bread. Another use for falafel is a falafel burger. Learn how your comment data is processed. To bind it a bit more and to ensure that crispy exterior, I used some flour. I love going in there, the aromas are just so eye opening and amazing, and the endless possibilities of recipe ideas both savory and sweet will flow with utter limitlessness. Healthy and delicious! Happy cooking Dawn! Loreto. It worked really well. Gyro sauce: It took a little longer, but it was worth the effort. Let’s not forget the fresh parsley, after all we are talking Greek food here. (We were not sponsored by Silk Road Spice Merchant, we just love them). The purple cabbage with reduced balsamic, dances brilliantly like a slow waltz with its richness and subtleties, along with that sauce its sophistication and complexity, coming at you with full force, dancing Greek style on your tongue. Take some of the sauteed red cabbage, and spread on top of sauce. So that being said gives us an organic Greek yogurt as a base, I want some of that familiar nuttiness and bitterness so tahini is in order. Minced garlic which is a no brainer, and for spices cumin, and some paprika, white pepper, white balsamic vinegar, and sumac. That’s great that you will be in Edmonton, it would be nice to get together and meet have a coffee or something. Disclosure: All links in our post are NOT affiliate links. Not many people like fava beans, but I think with the spices and getting that crispiness will change many a minds. A lot of people do not know falafel and its time to bring it to the world and so 1 plate closer opening new things to the world. Silk road is such a fabulous store and the aromas that emenate from there are so intoxicating, I always want to buy so much but my financial side keeps me in check. A good thought anyway. Place a piece of aluminum foil down on a flat surface and lay a piece of pita bread in the middle. Love the one you have here with sumac! Nicoletta was in agreement and so the wheels were in motion. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Make sure you check out the other amazing recipes from fellow bloggers participating in this exciting challenge that is “Around the World in 12 Plates”: https://thefoodgirlintown.com/2017/04/14/around-the-world…12-plates-greece/, https://lifeisaboutallthingsnice.blogspot.ca/2016/12/the-middle-eastern-veg-platter.html. I love the flavor that happens when the purple cabbage is sauteed. I just made this, and I’m speechless. Add all tzatziki sauce ingredients and 1 tbsp. For the falafel: heat the oven to 200°C (180° fan) 400°F gas 6. Categorized in: Authentic Greek Food Recipes, Greek Style Gyro Recipes, Recipe for Greek Eggplant and Cheese Casserole, Simple Greek Roasted Vegetables with Oil and Lemon, 12 prepared falafel balls, reheated if desired. Just add the chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, cayenne pepper, cumin and salt into the bowl of the food processor and pulse until is it thoroughly combined. Souvlaki, either chicken, lamb or beef with a side of hummus. Process continuously, stopping to scrape down the bowl once halfway through, until a homogenous paste forms, about 2 minutes. Food processors have to be one of the best kitchen appliances that you can get!  This will cool the heat a bit. Comments Off on Recipe for Falafel Gyros. Sumac? This is not an etiquette friendly experience, it is all about passion and messy goodness. I love the spice and textures of this gyro, its a messy eating affair, but truly enjoyable one, after all that’s why they made napkins! Would love to hear your feed back. In a food processor, combine chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, flour, 1 teaspoon salt, cumin, cayenne, coriander and black pepper. ★☆. LOL. Add the plain greek yogurt to the middle of the warmed pita and top with half the pickled veg mixture. In a medium saute pan, pour in oil. Heat to medium to high heat and place falafel in the pan. Cook about 2 minutes a side. I think this would make a perfect lunch for today! I also was a bit intimidated years ago by falafel but having made them relieves that fear, and I guess its true what they say, walk through your fear. Heat to medium to high heat and place falafel in the pan. Ingredients. Fold stuffed pita in half and use tinfoil to … I had so many ideas for recipes in my mind. Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans well. We concocted a nice creamy sauce using ingredients that representss the Greek cultural food experience. Bake for 20 minutes. Once the oil is hot, and add the … The second coming happens as your teeth break open the falafel and that golden crunch awakens our senses as the spice of cumin and chili powder filters through in the soft creamy slightly textured interior. Falafel is vegan and high in fiber thanks to the chickpeas. I absolutely LOVE falafel! Spicy Falafel Gyros, Greek Style, is a palate awakening experince leaving you with delightful tinglings of spice and flavor that will linger with you after the fact and have you craving it time and again. But we are in Edmonton next weekend so I may stop in… This looks sooo fabulous!