I love falafels. They are bite-sized pieces of deliciousness filled with my favorite Mediterranean flavors. The other day, I made some for dinner, and I happened to get lucky and have leftovers for the next day. For lunch, I turned a couple of the falafels into a delicious lunch idea: stuffed flatbreads with tzatziki sauce.
When I lived in Berlin, many years ago (1994), I indulged in a lot of Turkish and Greek food. By far, my favorite of these delicious foods was these handheld flatbreads stuffed with falafels.
They were sold in street kiosks and were made fresh to order. The flatbreads were stuffed with fresh veggies, falafels, and lots of tzatziki sauce. Tzatziki sauce is a Greek yogurt and cucumber based sauce that is good on everything. When I say everything, I mean, everything!
Now, as an adult, I make my own falafels at home. I love them by themselves and I usually use them to top a large green salad drizzled with tzatziki sauce on top. Of course, my husband needs a little more substance so I stuffed some whole-wheat Toufayan flatbreads with his falafels.
While the original falafels I enjoyed long ago had a lot of parsley, I had to pick my battles when creating a version to make at home. Oh you know, parsley is green and my kids are not fond of green speckles in their food. Even without the parsley, however, I feel that these falafels are a close competitor to the ones I enjoyed many years ago.
Once you have all your ingredients, making these falafel stuffed pitas is a breeze. Now you know why I love leftovers! It’s instant fast -and healthy- food. Make these falafels the night before and they become a healthy grab-and-go lunch option.
For that reason, I included the recipe in my first cookbook, The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet. How could I have a lunches book without my beloved falafels? And then, I realized that I forgot to include the Greek sauce! Yes, there is something that happens to an author after the book goes to print that drives me crazy: the realization that you “forgot” to add something (nevermind that there are over 200 recipes in the book).
Luckily, I wrote a second cookbook called The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet where I made sure I included my tzatziki sauce (in the book I called it Yanni’s Greek Dip). And in case you are wondering, I also remembered recipes from the past I forgot to add to that book as well. Go figure.
In the end, the recipes are there, inside my cookbooks for many years to come reminding me of my amazing adventures back in 1994 where I ate my fair share of street-made falafel stuffed flatbreads.
Have you tried falafels? Do you use flatbreads at home? If so, what do you stuff them with?Print
Falafel Stuffed Flatbreads
This recipe is from The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet
- Yield: 12-15 (1 ½) inch falafels
- ½ cup (375 g) dry chickpeas, soaked overnight or,
- 1 cup (240 g) canned chickpeas
- 2 teaspoons (14 g) cumin
- ½ teaspoon (1 g) coriander
- 1–2 garlic cloves (3g-6 g), minced
- 1 fresh parsley sprig, minced
- 1 small onion, chopped fine
- 1 ½ tablespoons (45 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons (21 g) breadcrumbs
- Vegetable oil to pan fry
- Drain and rinse chickpeas from soaking overnight or canned chickpeas.
- In a food processor, mix chickpeas with all ingredients until it becomes a smooth thick paste.
- With wet hands, form dough into small balls, the size of a large walnut. Press down to form 1 ½ inch patties. If the mixture is too sticky, add a little bit more breadcrumbs. If it’s too dry, add a tablespoon or two of water.
- Pan-fry falafels in an oiled pot over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes each side, or until sides are brown. Remove falafel onto a paper towel-lined plate and blot excess oil with additional paper towels.
- Place flatbread on a flat surface, layer lettuce and tomatoes. Top with 1-2 falafels. drizzle tzatziki sauce, and close flatbread.
Yanni’s Greek Yogurt Sauce
This recipe is from The Best Homemade Snacks on the Planet
- Yield: 1 ½ cups
- 1 cucumber, peeled
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 cup (230 g) plain yogurt
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon dried dill
- Place a grater inside a medium bowl. Grate cucumber and garlic clove into the bowl.
- Add plain yogurt, salt, lemon juice, and dill to the cucumber and garlic.
- Combine all ingredients well and refrigerate for at least one hour prior to serving.
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I’ve never made falafels before – I will have to try it. My oldest starts kindergarten this week and she has recently swore off all vegetables (she used to eat them all). I bet she would love the sauce, maybe that will help. 🙂
I have never even heard of falafels but I do love that sauce on gyros! This is definitely one I will be trying! We use flatbreads for all kinds of stuff – our own versions of quesadillas, tacos, sub sandwiches…and now a new adventure with falafels. Thanks for the multitude of ideas you provide. I wish my kids would appreciate the food as much as I do – it’s hard but I try to never give up
I have never tried falafel before. I do make gyros and my family loves those. I do like to make a variety of foods for them and can’t wait to try this recipe.
I have not tried falafels and I’m not sure why. Sounds like something I’d love. Going on the menu right away. Hoping My 4 year old will love them too! I usually use flatbread for quick pizza lunches.
I have discovered a new love for Mediterranean food! Why oh why haven’t I ever tried a falafel before?! I cannot WAIT to try this recipe!!! I have bought flatbread before. We either eat it warmed up with butter on it, or make a wrap with leftover rotisserie chicken, tomatoes and lettuce with ranch dressing. I am so excited to try your tzatziki sauce! It does go great on so many things. My sister makes an amazing gyro quiche… And you just can’t eat it without tzatziki sauce!! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe ideas!!! 🙂
We love falafel and flatbreads, If we aren’t stuffing them with falafel there is always hummus, raw or roasted veggies or making them into pita chips for dipping or fattoush salad! yum!!
I love falafel but I’ve never made it for my family. I love to order it at Mediterranean restaurants though! I’ll try this recipe and hopefully my kids will like it…I know my husband will. 🙂 We love flatbread! They make great little pizzas.
Love this recipe! However, I’d be the only one in my family who would eat it. My daughter likes sunflower seed butter in her flatbread. 🙂
LOVE LOVE LOVE anything and everything Greek! I haven’t made falafels in a while so I am definitely adding them to the meal plan this week. And the sauce looks scrumptious! 🙂
I also love falafel and tzatziki dip. My daughter likes it too. Like I said she is pretty easy to get to eat new things. I credit food network. Lol.
I love falafel! I will have to try this! I have never made it myself, just ordered it at the mall at the booth that sells different ethnic foods. I also love flatbreads, and I stuff them with anything. Usually breakfast type wraps! Or salads for lunch!
I have not had falafel, but your recipe looks great and I may give it a try! I have used flatbread when I make gyros and I love the tzatziki sauce.
I have never tried falafels, they sound delicious though 🙂 We use pita and flat breads often. Usually to wrap some type of yummy meat up with some yummy veggies. 🙂 My middle son LOVES tacos and pita and/or flat breads are a great switch up from tortillas 🙂
Never tried falafels but they seem easy enough to make! We use flat breads for turkey, avacado, bacon ranch sandwiches, or toast it with pizza fillings.
I love falafels. My daughter has a ton of allergies, and falafels are easy to fit into her diet. My kids love them.
Love falafel, and this recipe is much more doable than my old one (many, many spices and things that made it hard to just whip up). With be trying both of these!
We love falafel, but I have never made it from scratch like this. I’ve only used boxed mix. I have made tzaziki before and it’s so good. If we buy pita/flatbread, it’s usually for falafel with tzaziki, feta, and greens. Yum!
I have never had falafel and we don’t use flatbreads, but we’ll have to start now after seeing this and reading your raving reviews! The sauce sounds amazing and just like one of my favorite dips for veggies and pretzels. My concern is just that the sandwich looks so big, and my kids are still very small.
Theresa, you can just make it open and send the falafels in a compartment, the flatbread on another with some sauce to dip.
Yes, I’ve tried falafels in the past and they were an total disaster, from prep all the way to eating…So I’ve not tried them since…
I have never had a falafel, I must put that on my list of things to try now! Wonder if my kids would eat it……..