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My obsession with falafels began when my family moved from the North side of Chicago to Skokie, IL, right outside the city. We found a Mediterranean joint called Pita Inn, which back in the day, was literally a 2-man operation. Bear with me for a second because now I’m going to sound like a proud Momma, even though Pita Inn is not my child and I had nothing to do with its explosive growth. They now have 4 full size restaurants as well as a market bakery. To me, that’s so impressive and speaks volumes to the massive popularity of this iconic local restaurant! So, if you’re in the Chicagoland area, you must hit up a Pita Inn near you. Your taste buds will thank you!
Now, onto my obsession of falafels. As you can imagine, when our family decided to move out West, I was torn. I didn’t know whether I would miss our family and friends more, or the falafels from Pita Inn. (I’m kidding Mummy, I miss you the most!). I was on a mission to find a falafel recipe that would most closely replicate Pita Inn’s. Just recently, I think I’ve perfected it. Strange how some recipes come to life. This Mediterranean recipe was inspired by our Indian cousin who lives in England and got married in Thailand to a South American woman.
What I really like about the recipe is that it only has 3 main ingredients plus some herbs and spices. What I LOVE about the recipe is the crunch that the sesame seeds provide! If you do make these Easy Falafels, snap a picture and use the hashtag #warriorinthekitchen @awarriorinthekitchen on Instagram and @warriorinthekitchen on Facebook. I’d love to hear your comments!