Falafel-Spiced Chickpea Pita Pockets


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 Persian cucumbers sliced
  • 1 head romaine lettuce shredded
  • 2 tomatoes thinly sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 6 whole-wheat pitas warmed and split
  • 3/4 cup tahini dressing for serving
  • Harissa zhoug, or sambal oelek, for serving (optional)

  1. Combine the chickpeas, water, and salt in the Instant Pot and stir to
    dissolve the salt. Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing.
    Select the Bean/Chili, Pressure Cook, or Manual and set the cooking
    time for 15 minutes at high pressure. Next, select the Timer or
    Delay function and set the time delay for 10 to 12 hours. (When the
    soaking time is complete, the pot will take about 10 minutes to come
    up to pressure before the cooking program begins.)

  2. When the cooking program ends, let the pressure release for at least
    15 minutes, then move the Pressure Release to Venting to release any
    remaining steam. Open the pot and, wearing heat-resistant
    mitts, lift out the inner pot and drain the chickpeas in a colander, then transfer
    them to a medium bowl.

  3. Add 1 1/2 tsps of the oil, the cumin, coriander, onion powder,
    garlic powder, salt, and pepper and toss to coat the chickpeas evenly
    with the oil and spices.

  4. Heat the remaining 1 1/2 tsp oil in a skillet over medium-high
    heat. Add the chickpeas and sauté. for 8 to 10 minutes, until the chickpeas
    are slightly browned and the spices are aromatic and toasted but
    not burned. Remove from the heat.

  5. Tuck the cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, and onion into the pitas,
    then spoon 1/2 cup of the warm chickpeas into each pocket. Drizzle each
    filled pita with 2 tbsp tahini dressing and with hot sauce to taste.
    Serve the pita pockets while the chickpeas are warm.

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