Today we’re making one of our all time vegetarian favorites that’ll even make a full blown meatarian happy. We just couldn’t put away our fryer this season. Welcome to OMGMeals Season 2 - Deep Fried. We’re making falafel wraps with hummus, a cucumber tomato salad, and tahini sauce. We couldn’t find any pita but we guarantee you that flour tortillas work just as well if you freshly warm and toast them. Let’s make it!

Hot Tip #1
If your falafel is resistant to flipping, leave it for a couple more minutes. It will release itself from the bottom of the pan when it's ready!

Episode

Ingredients

How much are we making?
Servings
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For:
Falafel
Ingredient
Amount
Dried Chickpeas
1 Cup
Parsley (Fresh)
1 Cup
Cilantro (Fresh)
1 Cup
Small Onion
1/2
Garlic
4 Cloves
Ground Cumin
1 Teaspoon
Ground Coriander
1/2 Teaspoon
Ground Cayenne (Optional)
1/2 Teaspoon
Kosher Salt
2 Teaspoons
Flour (As Needed)
1.5 Tablespoons
Water
Vegetable Oil
2-3 Cups
Total
12
For:
Cucumber Tomato Salad
Ingredient
Amount
Cucumber (Medium Sized)
1/4
Tomato (Medium Sized)
1
Chopped Onion
1/4 Cup
Parsley
2 Tablespoons
Lemon Juice
From Half A Lemon (~1.5 Tbsp)
Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons
Kosher Salt
1/2 Teaspoon
Total
7
For:
Tahini Sauce
Ingredient
Amount
Tahini
1/4 Cup
Garlic
2 Cloves
Kosher Salt
1/4 Teaspoon
Ground Cumin
1/8 Teaspoon
Lemon Juice
From Half A Lemon (~1.5 Tbsp)
Water
1/8 Cup
Total
6
For:
For Service
Ingredient
Amount
Flour Tortillas (Optional)
6
Hummus (Optional)
Total
2

Steps

  1. Prepare Chickpeas
    1. Take dried chickpeas, rinse well removing any bad looking chickpeas (moldy or dark ones). Place in a large bowl and cover with enough water to cover the chickpeas by 3-4 inches. They swell up a lot, so the more water the better! Soak these overnight or for at least 8-12 hours.
  2. Prepare Falafel Mixture
    1. Drain your soaked chickpeas and rinse well. Dry them thoroughly with a kitchen towel or paper towels. Washing soaked chickpeas
    2. Add your chickpeas to a food processor. Soaked chickpeas added to food processor
    3. Chop up half a small onion into large chunks and add to the food processor. Rough chopping onion for the food processor
    4. Roughly chop off the leaves from the stems of the cilantro and parsley bunches and add these leaves to the food processor. Chopping off leaves from stems of leaves of herbs
    5. Add the garlic cloves, cumin, coriander, cayenne (if using), and the salt to the food processor. Adding cuming to food processor Add coriander to food processor Adding cayenne to food processor Measuring out salt for food processor
    6. Pulse the procesor for 10-15 seconds at a time until the mixture is coarsely and uniformly chopped. We don’t it too fine, the falafel will feel really heavy to eat. Pulsing falafel mixture
    7. Add the 1.5 tablespoons of flour to the falafel mixture. Pour it into a large bowl and stir well. The flour is kind of optional because I’m not exactly sure it really did anything. Cover and place the bowl in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to an hour. This helps the falafel mixture stick together better. Adding flour to mixture Our finished falafel mixture
  3. Prepare Tahini Sauce
    1. Add well shaken or mixed tahini to a small bowl. It seperates in its jar like natural peanut butter. Adding tahini to bowl
    2. Put the garlic cloves through a garlic press or mince them into this small bowl. Adding garlic through a garlic press to the bowl
    3. Squeeze the half lemon along with the cumin, salt, and water. Mix this well, it will take a minute or two of mixing to get it to emulsify together well. It should be a slightly thick sauce. If it’s too thick to easily pour, add a splash of water and mix it well. Cover and place in the fridge as well. Squeezing lemon juice into the bowl Sprinkling cumin to bowl Adding water to bowl Mixing the tahini sauce together well to get it well emulsified.
  4. Make the Salad
    1. Chop up the tomato, cucumber, and onion up into big bite sized pieces and add them to a small bowl. Chopping up tomato Chopping up cucumber Chopping up onion
    2. Roughly chop up the parsley and add to the bowl. Rough chopping parsley
    3. Squeeze the lemon into the bowl. Squeezing lemon over chopped veggies and pasley
    4. Add the salt and drizzle the olive oil over the top. Stir well. This is our salad (it’s more of a topping). You can cover and place this in the fridge as well. Adding salt to salad Drizzling olive oil into salad Mixing the salad together well
  5. Fry the Falafels
    1. Add our oil to a large frying pan and heat it to around 350-375F. Adding oil to frying pan
    2. While our oil is heating, take the falafel mixture out of the fridge and form it into tight balls (about 2-3 inches in diameter) as best you can. If it wont stay together at all, add a few tablespoons of flour to it and mix well. Let it sit for a another 10 minutes or so and try again. It should work well now. Forming falafel mixture into balls Squeezing the falafel balls tightly A finished, uncooked falafel ball
    3. Once the oil is hot, slowly drop add the falafel balls into the oil. Fry the falafel for about 3-5 minutes on one side. You should start seeing some brown color on the edges of the falafel near the surface of the oil at this point. Now flip the falafel to another side and continue cooking for another 3-5 minutes on this side. Continue until all the sides are well browned and all of the falafels are cooked. Falafels frying in the oil and various stages of doneness
    4. Once a falafel is done, remove to a paper towel lined plate to absorb any excess grease. Finished falafels placed onto a paper towel lined plate
  6. Wrap it Up
    1. Heat up a large skillet (perferably non-stick) over medium heat and add a flour tortilla to the pan. Heat this up for about 30 seconds to 1 minute on one side then flip it over and repeat on the this side. Warming up a tortilla in a skillet
    2. Take the warm tortilla out of skillet and take our hummus and smear a good tablespoon or two of it directly on the tortilla. Spreading hummus over warmed tortilla
    3. Take 2-3 falafel and put on top of the hummus and smash the down (this makes it easier to roll). Smashing falafel down into hummus
    4. Top with the cucumber tomato salad and the tahini sauce. Roll it up into an open ended burrito like thing and enjoy! Topping smashed falafels with cucumber tomato salad Drizzling tahini sauce over the top A rolled up finished falafel wrap