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Falafel In Pita Bread with Tahini Umeboshi Dressing

Prep time
1 hr
Entrée | Side dishes | Vegetables
Special Diets
Vegan | Vegetarian
Food Allergies


Delicious and healthy Mediterranean fare. This is great party food.


2 cmillet (precooked- see note below)
15 ozeden organic garbanzo beans (drained, reserve 1/4 cup bean cooking liquid)
1 Teden extra virgin olive oil
1 onion (medium, minced)
5 garlic (cloves, minded (reserved two for sauce))
6 Ttahini ((reserve 4 for sauce))
2 Tparsley (fresh, minced)
2 1⁄2 tcumin ((reserve 1/2 t for sauce))
1⁄2 teden sea salt
2 Tlemon juice (fresh)
1 Twhole wheat flour
1⁄2 ccornmeal
  eden organic safflower oil (for frying the falafel)
1⁄4 cedensoy original soymilk
1⁄4 cwater (cold)
1⁄2 teden umeboshi paste
3 whole wheat pita pockets
1 cucumber (medium, sliced thinly)
1 tomatoe (medium, sliced thinly)
2 cromaine lettuce (chopped)


Falafel: Heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic and onions for 2 to 3 minutes. Place in a mixing bowl. Blend the garbanzo beans in a blender or food processor with the reserved bean cooking liquid until smooth. Place in the mixing bowl. Add the cooked millet, lemon juice, tahini, parsley, cumin, whole-wheat flour and sea salt. Mix thoroughly with your hands to evenly blend the ingredients. The mixture should be thick. If too wet, add a little more flour. If to dry, add a little more bean cooking liquid. Shape the mixture into 15 equal size balls and roll each one in the cornmeal to coat. Heat the safflower oil and deep fry or pan fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Repeat until all falafel are cooked.

To prepare the dressing, place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth and creamy. Place in a serving dish.

Preheat the oven to 350°. Heat up the pita bread for 5 minutes until warm. Remove and slice the pita in half and open the pocket. Place 2 or 3 falafel in each pocket. Spoon a little dressing over the falafel. Place slices of cucumber and tomato in each pocket and salad greens or lettuce.

**NOTE: To make the millet, take 2/3 cup uncooked millet and place in a saucepan. Add a pinch of Eden Sea Salt and 2 cups of cold water. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the flame and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes. When done remove and place in a bowl. Toss with a wooden spoon to cool or let sit overnight before making the falafel. If you do not have millet, you can substitute couscous.