Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Falafel and Pita Pizza



Adding sauteed vegetables, falafels, hummus and feta cheese takes this pita based pizza to the next level!!


Pizzas, a family favorite is such a wonderful meal when you want something filling, warm and tasty but do not care too much about calories. But when you want a pizza that is low on calories but yummy, you have to reinvent the classic. 

That was exactly my thought when I first made this pizza. Substitute the pizza base with wheat pita, sauce with hummus, toppings with baked falafels and mozzarella cheese with feta cheese. What you get is a yummy Greek inspired pizza that is easy to make and pretty low on calories. 


I made this pizza a few months back with regular baked falafels and freshly made pita breads. But I never took any pictures and the dish was forgotten quickly. A few days back I bought myself a few containers of Boar's Head Hummus from Safeway.  


Plus, I made some Pita Breads and Beetroot Falafels for a mezze platter. I had some leftovers and wanted to enjoy my hummus till I lick it off the bowl. So I made this pizza the next day for lunch and finally got a chance to shoot it too. 

Coming to the hummus in this recipe, these pretty boxes are Boar's Head. This brand has NINE flavors; Fire Roasted Artichoke and SpinachRoasted GarlicTraditionalRoasted Red Pepper,  Kalamata Olive TapenadeRoasted Pine NutFiery Chipotle PepperSouthwest Style Black Bean and Tuscan Style White Bean. I bought three of these and now I HAVE to try the rest too. They are super awesome in taste, non GMO and Gluten Free. Do get yours quickly. 


The recipe has a few components and most of them can be modified to suit your preferences and availability. For the hummus, pick any one or two out of the nine flavors; for falafels, make them from any ingredient of your choice and for the vegetables; I used whatever I could grab from my refrigerator. If you like or dislike any vegetable, modify them accordingly. The pita breads can be store bought or home-made. 

Finally, the recipe comes together within minutes. The flavors are inspired from Greek cuisine and the colors on the pizza are super vibrant. All together, the entire pizza is really yummy and healthy too! 


Ingredients

Pita Breads 2 (Homemade or store bought)
Pink Onion 1 medium, diced
Green Pepper 1 medium, diced
Carrots 1/4 cup, diced
Red Cabbage 1/4 cup, diced
Mushrooms 4-5, diced
Cherry tomatoes a few
Chickpeas 1/4 cup, soaked and cooked
Olive Oil 2 tsp
Dried Oregano 1 tsp
Salt 1 tsp
Pepper Powder 1/2 tsp
Cilantro to top
Feta Cheese as needed


Method

In a pan heat olive oil. Once hot, add onions and peppers. Saute for a couple of minutes, then add mushrooms and carrots. Cook for 3-4 minutes, season with salt, pepper and oregano. Turn down the heat, add the cabbage and boiled chickpeas. Mix well. Set aside to cool. 

Place a pita bread on  a plate. Spread Traditional Hummus and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus on it. Break 2-3 Beetroot Falafels into quarters and place them on the bread. Also add the salad on it, some cut cherry tomatoes and sprinkle cilantro and cheese. 

Bake the pita in a preheated oven for 5-7 minutes at 350 F/ 180 C. Alternatively, place them on a tava and cook for 3-4 minutes till the pita base is crisp. Serve immediately with a side of hummus. 



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