Red Cabbage Falafel Pockets

These fibre and protein-rich vegetarian falafels are nutritious and delicious. Nutritionist Gayatri Chona tells us why these are a better option. Here’s how you can make these decadent falafel pockets at home.

By URLife Team
02 Sep 2020

Falafels are traditionally a Middle Eastern dish served with pitta bread filled with chickpeas or other pulses formed into deep fried fritters. This is a healthier alternative to traditional falafels that are loaded with vegetables. A complete meal that provides the right amount of proteins, the oat flour helps in binding of the falafels and also increases the fibre content of the meal.


Want a more authentic food experience? Just replace the cabbage with pitta bread. To make this a more filling meal, combine it with a bowl of soup or sautéed mushrooms.


Red Cabbage Falafel Pockets - Full Recipe

  • 4
  • 118
    K calories
  • 40
  • 5/10

Easy Steps


Clean the red cabbage well. Peel the leaves to get big size pockets and chop off the parts that are hard. Keep aside. Skip this step if you are using pitta bread as the pockets.


For the filling, in a bowl, mix the grated carrots, green cabbage and chopped onion.


Add the brown rice vinegar to it, along with a bit of salt, then set aside to pickle.


For the falafels, in a blender, mix the spinach, chickpeas, garlic, green chilli, tahini sauce, lemon juice, and cumin powder. Blend together to make a mixture, but not a pureé.

Ingredients List
  • Whole red cabbage: 1 (or pitta bread)
  • Grated carrot: 1
  • Grated green cabbage: 150 gm
  • Thinly sliced onion: 1
  • Hummus: ½ cup
  • Hung curd: ½ cup
  • Zatar spice for seasoning
  • Brown rice vinegar: 1 tbsp


    For the Falafels:

  • Spinach (cleaned and stems removed): 2 cups
  • Chickpeas (cooked and cooled, or green mung): 1½ cup
  • Large garlic cloves (roughly chopped): 2-3
  • Tahini paste : 1-2 tbsp
  • Lemon juice: 4 tbsp
  • Cumin powder: 1 tsp
  • Roughly chopped green chillies: 1
  • Sea salt: 1 tsp
  • Oat flour (optional): ¼- ½ cup
  • Olive or avocado oil: 1 tbsp

Next, place in a bowl and then add the oat flour and salt. Do a taste check and add more lemon or salt as per requirement.


Make medium-size falafel balls with the mixture.


In the meantime, heat oil in a skillet. Place the falafels on the skillet and cook until brown and crisp on each side.


For the falafel assembly, take the cabbage leaf (or pitta bread) and add some hummus and hung curd to the base.


Then add the pickled carrots, cabbage and onion mixture on top.


Place two falafels in each cabbage pocket. Add some more hummus and curd dip on the top and season with the zatar spice.


Make the rest of the pockets the same way. Place the falafels on a platter and serve.

Nutritive Value
  • Carbohydrates: 20.9g
  • Protein: 6.5g
  • Fat: 2.25g
  • Fibre: 6g



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