Did you know? Falafels are actually fast food to countries in Middle East and Eastern Europe. Easy to eat and inexpensive, these falafels and shawarmas can be bought for just 5 Euros. However, are they fresh? NO! This recipe uses falafels as their base along with Hummus & Tzatziki to add flavor to these wraps.
Let’s Dig Into the World of Falafels
If you are unfamiliar with falafels, they are fried kebabs – but instead of using minced meat or boiled potatoes – it’s made with boiled and soaked chickpeas, herbs and spices.
For a great, easy yet extremely authentic and flavorful Falafel Recipe, click here.
Tips to make Great Falafels
1. Chill the Falafel Mixture: This is very important – it would really help in binding your falafels. It’s best to chill them overnight to get all the flavors right. If you are in a hurry, two hours is bare minimum.
2. Soaked Chickpeas: I can’t stress on this enough. Use overnight soaked chickpeas for the perfect consistency and texture. Using canned chickpeas, would require breading of these falafels using bread crumbs.
3. Frying: Ensure, the oil is heated properly and has reached the frying temperature. Also don’t overcrowd the frying pan, fry these in batches.
These wraps uses Corn Tortilla which are typically used for Quesadillas and Fajitas as well. Alternatively, a lot of wrap option are available at grocery stores ranging from corn, to whole wheat to even spinach or beetroot based. Any of these can be used for this recipe as well.
The star ingredient of this wrap are these vegetarian kebabs also known as Falafels. These falafels are typically golden to dark brown from the outside and spinach green from the inside. Click here to get started with this recipe.
This recipe is made using two condiments: roasted garlic and red pepper hummus and tzatziki. While the former is a typical renowned Lebanese dip, the latter is a Greek version to provide coolness to these wraps.
Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Hummus: a different hummus, spicier than your regular hummus. If you can handle the heat, click here. If you are looking for an easy regular hummus recipe click here.
To make this yoghurt and garlic based Tzatziki – click here.
I have used bell peppers – yellow, green and red for this recipe. I have also added some julienne cut onions as well as shredded lettuce to maintain that crunchiness and added flavor of Falafels.
Ballparking the Ingredients
The recipe, has ingredients mentioned for 4 tacos as a whole. However, this is completely upto you and is your chance to become a recipe rebel. If you want more sour cream, add whatever you want to. If you hate bell peppers, just cut them off! Heavy on protein? Double the chicken!! This is not Subway, nobody is gonna charge you extra. Do whatever you want to do to make this recipe and this taco centered around YOUR TASTE BUDS!
- 3 Tortillas
- 9 Falafels ( 3 per wrap )
- 6 tbsp Tzatziki
- 6 tbsp Hummus
- Shredded Lettuce
- Onions julienne cut
- Bell Peppers (Yellow, Red & Green) julienne cut
- Shredded Cheese optional
- Begin by heating the wrap in a tawa or a skillet. Once the wrap is hot, add hummus as the base layer.
- Follow this up with a light bed of Shredded Lettuce, and falafels. Cut Falafels in two, and keep them as a straight line (as seen in the picture above).
- Next, add all the veggies (bell peppers and onions). Follow this up with some Tzatziki and Shredded Cheese.
- Close the wrap tightly and it's optional to keep it the toaster or grill for a minute (but not necessary). Once done, you may cut into two and serve fresh.
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