A falafel is a wonderful combination of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. The two main ingredients are the pita bread and the falafel. In a healthy version of this, the pita bread can be made from Amaranth and the falafel can be made by mixing garbanzo beans and mung sprouts. You can add hung yogurt and lots of vegetables like capsicum, tomatoes, onions, parsley and mint to make it even more healthy. This is a great combination of proteins from the sprouts, healthy carbohydrates from the amaranth, carbohydrates and protein from the garbanzo beans and good carbohydrates from the vegetables. Adding a dash of uncooked olive oil to the hummus (homemade) will add healthy fats to the meal.


1 pound dry soaked garbanzo beans and mixed mung sprouts
1 small onion, roughly chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
3-5 cloves garlic
1 3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp black pepper
Pinch of ground cardamom
1 tsp olive oil

Add mixed mung sprouts, garbanzo beans and pour into a processor with chopped onion, garlic cloves, parsley, flour, salt, cumin, ground coriander, black pepper, and cardamom. Blend them until a rough, coarse meal forms. Process it till it becomes a paste. Once complete, put into a bowl to make the texture even. Refrigerate for approximately 2 hours. Make them into flat balls and bake them or air fry them. Your falafel is ready. Note that if you deep fry them you are adding significant quantities of oil that might prove to be unhealthy.

Pita Bread

You can take a pita bread made from mixed flour of amaranth flour, gram flour and whole wheat flour. Make it the way you would make pita.

Once made, stuff the pita with falafel and spread hummus, tahini sauce, hung yogurt, garlic paste and basil leaves. Then add shredded lettuce leaves, onions and tomatoes. You are ready to serve


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.