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Falafel with Beetroot Hummus and Pita Pockets By Chef Ajay Chopra

Falafel with Beetroot Hummus and Pita Pockets

Falafel with Beetroot Hummus and Pita Pockets is a perfect combination of tasty Middle Eastern food. Chef Ajay Chopra shares the step-by-step recipe.
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Cooking Time

10-20 Min

Meal Type


Preparation Time

20-25 Min



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  • For beetroot hummus

    • beetroot

    • 400 gm chickpeas

    • 6 tbsp tahini

    • 1 lemon

    • 6 ice cubes

    • 2 garlic cloves

    • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

    • 1/2 tsp salt

    • ground cumin

    • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

    • parsley

  • For pita pockets

    • 1 ½ cups warm water (110° to 115°)

    • 1 packet active yeast

    • 2 tbsp sugar

    • 3 cups all-purpose flour

    • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour

    • 2 tsp sea salt

    • 3 tbsp olive oil

  • For Falafel

    • 2 cups dried chickpeas

    • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves, stems removed

    • salt to taste

    • 1 tbsp ground black pepper

    • 1 tbsp ground cumin

    • mint leaves

    • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

    • oil for frying

  • For assembly

    • tahini sauce

    • pita pockets

    • English cucumbers, chopped or diced

    • tomatoes, chopped or diced

    • baby arugula

    • pickles

    • beetrrot hummus


  1. 1

    In a mixer jar, add overnight soaked chickpeas, parsley, mint leaves salt, cumin powder, black pepper powder and crush. Do not make paste out of it.
  2. 2

    Prepare tikki shapes out of it. Deep fry in hot oil.
  3. 3

    In a mixer jar take boiled chickpeas, beetroot, lemon juice, olive oil, curd, garlic cumin powder, sesame paste (tahini). Mix well.
  4. 4

    Now take onions, lettuce, beetroot, tomato, salt and pepper. Prepare salad out of it.
  5. 5

    Cut the pita bread into two halves. Make pockets out of it.
  6. 6

    Apply the hummus into the inner side of the pita bread.
  7. 7

    Place the pickled vegetables. Add salad and place falafel.
  8. 8

    Serve the whole pocket.

Falafel is a deep-fried fritter made from ground chickpeas that is generally served with hummus (a traditional dip) or in pita (a traditional flatbread). Hummus is a traditional Middle Eastern dip made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon, and spices. It can be served with chips or other deep-fried foods. Pita is a traditional Middle Eastern baked flatbread.

Falafel is served in pita pockets with hummus, tahini sauce, and pickled vegetables. It can be called as a sandwich or a wrap. 

Here, the chef serves the crispy Falafel with Beetroot Hummus in Pita Pockets. It makes for a filling snack. 

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