Red Cabbage Falafel Pockets
Gayatri ChonaMSc Nutrition U.K., Specialises in nutrition for kids, teens, pregnant women & corporate diet plans
Whole red cabbage: 1 (if this is not available can use green cabbage or pita bread)
* Clean it well and peel the leaves with hand to get big size pockets (chop of the parts which are very hard) Grated carrot: 1
Grated green cabbage: 150gm
Thinly sliced onion: 1
Hummus: ½ cup
Hung curd: ½ cup
Zatar spice for seasoning
Brown rice vinegar: 1 tbsp
For the falafels: (spinach & chickpeas)
Spinach (cleaned & stems removed): 2 cups
Chickpeas cooked & cooled (can use green mung also): 1 ½ cup
Large garlic cloves roughly chopped: 2-3
Tahini paste (you can add more or less as per your liking): 1-2 tbsp
Lemon juice (approx. 3 limes): 4 tbsp
Cumin powder: 1 tsp
Roughly chopped green chillies: 1
Sea salt: 1 tsp
Oat flour (this is optional can skip): ¼- ½ cup
Olive or avocado oil: 1 tbsp
Step 1 :
In a bowl mix the grated carrots, cabbage and chopped onion. Add the brown rice vinegar to it along with a bit of salt and set aside to pickle....
Step 2 :
For the falafels- in a blender mix together the spinach, chickpeas, garlic, green chili, tahini, lemon juice, and cumin powder. Blend it together to make a mixture (do not make a puree).
Step 3 :
Once it’s mixed in well, remove in a bowl and add the oat flour and salt to it. Check seasoning and add more lemon and salt as per taste.
Once done, make medium size falafel balls with the mixture. In the meantime, heat oil in a skillet. Place the falafels on the skillet and cook till they are brown on each side.
Take a cabbage leaf/pocket, add some hummus and hung curd to the base, add the pickled carrots, cabbage and onion mixture on top. Place 2 falafels in each cabbage pocket. Add some more hummus and curd dip on the top and season with zatar spice.
Make the rest of the pockets the same way and place them on a platter ready to serve. Enjoy!!!
This is a complete meal giving you the right amount of protein and vegetables. The oats added help in binding of the falafels and also increase the fiber content of the meal. For those of you who don’t like red cabbage you can use pita pockets instead of red cabbage or even green cabbage.
To make it a more filling meal – combine it with a bowl of soup or sauté mushrooms.