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Baked Falafel Sandwich

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
34 min
20 min
14 min
By eliminating deep-frying, you can enjoy a healthier version of this sinful "street food" in the comfort of your own home!


Chickpeas (15 oz)

15½ oz, rinsed and drained

Uncooked onion(s)

¼ cup(s), chopped

Fresh parsley

¼ cup(s), or cilantro, fresh, chopped

Garlic clove(s)

1 clove(s), medium, minced

Cumin seeds

1 tsp

Ground coriander

¼ tsp

Table salt

¼ tsp

Baking soda

¼ tsp

All-purpose flour

1 Tbsp

Olive oil

2 tsp

Tahini sesame butter

2 Tbsp

Mineral water

2 Tbsp

Fresh lemon juice

1 Tbsp

Whole wheat pita(s)

4 large


8 piece(s)


  1. Combine chickpeas, onion, parsley, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt and baking soda in a food processor or blender. Process until mixture is coarsely pureed and transfer to large bowl. Stir in flour; shape mixture into 4 patties and let stand for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  3. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat (if you don't have an ovenproof skillet, make sure to cover the handle of your skillet with aluminum foil before heating). Add patties and cook until golden brown, flipping once, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer pan to oven and bake 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together tahini, water and lemon juice.
  5. To assemble sandwiches, place 2 lettuce leaves inside each pita, add 1 falafel patty and drizzle with 1 tablespoon tahini dressing.