Stuffed Pitta Bread with Falafel

Serves: 
4

Lunch

This traditional dish is as easy as you want to make it. It's also chock-full of nutrients: chickpeas are a great source of protein, as is hummus, plus you can ram in tons of salad to give you a fantastic vitamin boost!

Bought falafels are widely available - eg Cauldron are everywhere and every supermarket sells one brand or another (most brands are vegan but check no egg has been added). If you have time, make your own from our lovely recipe! (They freeze well so are worth making a big batch)

Gluten-free?
Falafels
Great Food Original Mediterranean Falafel (ready-made, eg Asda and other supermarkets)
Amisa or Hale & Hearty are vegan and GF - use a flax egg to bind the mixture before cooking (make the flax egg from 1 tbsp flaxmeal mixed with 3 tbsp warm water. Let it stand for a few minutes before adding)

Bread
Replace pitta with vegan GF wraps, eg Warburton's GF. Make sure your GF replacement doesn't have egg in it.


Ingredients
  • 8 falafel (most are vegan. Find them chilled in supermarkets or health food shops) - or make your own - see the link above
  • 4 pitta breads OR GF vegan wraps, eg Warburton's or BFree
  • 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Thinly sliced cucumber
  • Grated carrot
  • 1-2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • Vegan mayonnaise such as Plamil or Granovita from large supermarkets or health food shops. Low-fat version: plain vegan yoghurt, eg Sojade OR click here for our quick, easy and cheap mayo recipe!
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Hummus, any flavour as long as it's vegan
  • Optional: Olives, spicy chickpeas, supersprouts (found in most indepedent health food shops and some supermarkets), red and yellow peppers, coriander.
  • Optional: sweet or hot chilli sauce and a sprinkle of ground cumin

Method

1. Lightly toast or warm pittas first. Slice a thin piece lengthways from each pitta. With a sharp knife, carefully open each one.

2. Slice each falafel into pieces. Put mayonnaise or hummus inside the pitta then add the salad ingredients. Share out falafel slices between the 4 pittas. Drizzle sweet chilli sauce over everything if using. Eat immediately - or wrap in foil to transport without mess!

5-10 minutes or 40, depending whether you use ready-made or home-made falafels

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