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Falafel Bread Sandwich with Fresh Tahini Sauce and Veggies

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Roni Cohen – @ronis_recipes
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Fry it or bake it – this falafel bread sandwich is just perfect.

EQUIPMENT

INGREDIENTS
 

Falafel (15 patties):

Sandwich:

Tahini sauce (mix in a bowl):

  • 1 cup raw tahini
  • ½ lemon, squeezed
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Grind all the ingredients in a food processor, then set them aside for 30 minutes.
  • Create a flat elliptical shape and deep-fry for about 2 minutes on each side until golden.
  • Spread tahini on the bread, place lettuce, tomato, and cucumber on top. Add the falafel patty, drizzle with tahini, and cover with another slice of bread.

MY NOTES

Falafel bread sandwich
Credit: Roni Cohen

Can I use canned chickpeas for this falafel bread sandwich?

Yes, you can substitute canned chickpeas for dried ones to make this falafel bread sandwich. However, the texture and flavor may differ slightly. When using canned chickpeas, make sure to drain and rinse them thoroughly to remove excess salt and moisture. Additionally, consider adjusting the amount of other ingredients, such as flour or breadcrumbs, to achieve the desired consistency of the falafel mixture. While canned chickpeas offer convenience, some prefer the traditional method of soaking and cooking dried chickpeas for a more authentic taste and texture. Experimentation with both options can help you find your preferred falafel recipe.

Falafel bread sandwich
Credit: Roni Cohen

Can I substitute other herbs for cilantro and parsley?

Certainly! In falafel recipes, cilantro and parsley provide a fresh and aromatic flavor, but you can easily substitute them with other herbs based on your taste preferences. Mint and dill are popular alternatives that can add a unique twist to your falafel. Experiment with different herb combinations to create a falafel mixture that suits your palate.

Falafel bread sandwich
Credit: Roni Cohen
Falafel bread sandwich
Credit: Roni Cohen

Is there a gluten free option for the breadcrumbs?

For a gluten free alternative to breadcrumbs in this falafel bread sandwich recipe, consider using store-bought gluten free breadcrumbs, crushed gluten free crackers, rice flour, or certified gluten free oats. These options will provide a similar binding texture without compromising the flavor or consistency of the falafel mixture. Ensure that all ingredients used are labeled gluten free to avoid any potential cross-contamination.

Falafel bread sandwich
Credit: Roni Cohen

Can I bake the falafel instead of frying it?

Baking falafel is a healthier alternative to frying while still achieving a crispy exterior and tender interior. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C), shape the falafel mixture into patties, and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown and crispy.

Falafel bread sandwich
Credit: Roni Cohen

How long can I store the falafel mixture before making this falafel bread sandwich?

You can store the falafel mixture in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days before cooking. To preserve its freshness, cover the mixture tightly or store it in an airtight container. If you plan to keep it longer, you can shape the falafel patties and freeze them. Frozen falafel patties can last for several months. When ready to cook, simply thaw the patties in the refrigerator overnight before frying or baking them to perfection.

Falafel bread sandwich
Credit: Roni Cohen

Can I make the falafel mixture ahead of time and freeze it?

Yes, you can prepare the falafel mixture ahead of time and freeze it for future use. Shape the mixture into patties, then place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze until solid, then transfer the frozen falafel patties to a resealable plastic bag or airtight container. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Thaw the patties in the refrigerator overnight before cooking. This convenient method allows you to enjoy homemade falafel whenever you desire.

Falafel bread sandwich
Credit: Roni Cohen
Falafel bread sandwich
Credit: Roni Cohen

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