Vegetarian Chickpea Gyros

November 25, 2019mayurisjikoni
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EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP

THEME: #222 MYSTIQUE MEDITERRANEAN

What are Vegetarian Chickpea Gyros?

Gyros, pronounced as ‘eeyros’ is a Greek popular street food which is like a sandwich but served on a flat pita bread. The fillings range from chicken, lamb to vegetables. For a vegetarian version, roasted vegetables, chickpeas, pulled jackfruit are used. Actually, let your imagination run riot and use any of your favorite filling. Meat or veggie is usually served with salad ingredients like any other sandwich. In place of mayonnaise fresh sauces like tzatziki or hummus is used. To create a delicious vegetarian version I used chickpeas.

 

Group theme

This week, our FoodieMonday/Bloghop theme is Mediterranean Cuisine. Any dish made from that region. Whenever one mentions Mediterranean immediately Greek Cuisine comes to mind. However, Mediterranean Cuisine is more than just the Greek Cuisine. Unlike other cuisines it doesn’t restrict one to one particular country or ethnic group. It actually involves all the regions around the Mediterranean Sea. When you look at the world map then it includes starting from the west Morocco, Algeria, Spain, France, Italy, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, many of the east Europe countries like Bosnia, Croatia, Albania, then down to Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Israel. 

Archana’s suggestion of this exciting Mediterranean Cuisine theme gave me the opportunity to try out Gyros which I had wanted for a very long time. Archana who is the blogger for The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen, (don’t you think that is a cool name for a food blog?) has a few recipes from the Mediterranean region. I love her homemade Falafel Wraps recipe and I’ve bookmarked the famous Cypriot Easter Cheese pies called Flaounes.

Have I tried out any dishes from the Mediterranean Region in my kitchen?

Yes I have, like the famous Challah bread from Israel. Did you know that the famous breakfast dish Shakshuka has been claimed by many Mediterranean regions as originating from their country. Whichever country it originates from, its a super delicious breakfast. Have you tried the refreshing and satisfying Greek Salad known as Horiatiki? The famous Manakeesh bread from the Mediterranean region is served with soups, stew, meats, tea, eggs, but I love to have it on its own. I simply love Baghrir from Morocco for breakfast or a Moroccan Vegetable Soup for lunch. If you’re looking for a filling, healthy salad from this region then you should try out the Mediterranean Pearl Couscous Salad.

 

Special Ingredients for a Mediterranean Cuisine or Diet

I have so many other dishes from the Mediterranean region to try out. So what makes it so different from the other cuisines? Well, the Mediterranean  cuisine largely depends of the usage of fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables, olives and their products, protein rich legumes, healthy meats and fish, cheese, wine, whole grains like couscous, seeds, nuts. A mixture of these ingredients produces a well balanced meal. It is believed that a Mediterranean diet is very good for a healthy heart.

 

What is a Butti?

I’m deviating a bit from the subject on Mediterranean Cuisine and enlighten  you about a wonderful handcrafted bussi that I picked up from an art and craft exhibition organized by Hundred Hands. The exhibition was in Bangalore at the Jayamahal Palace Hotel Grounds for four days. Its an effort by groups and individuals to revive forgotten traditional art, to boost handicrafts from ethnic groups, to support women and children and also a place where individuals could show off their talent in their respect areas. If it ever comes in your area, don’t miss it. 

A butti is a circular plate like made from rattan or cane, a great alternate to wood which in turn helps prevent deforestation. Made by the Koraga Janjati Tribe of Karnataka, the elderly women have over the years developed a deft skill of bending and weaving the cane. Butti can be used as a wall decoration, to sieve rice or to put your cooked rotis on it. The advantage as opposed to a plate is that the bottom roti does not become soggy and soft because of water evaporation. Butti is weaved and it prevents the bottom roti from becoming soggy. It can be easily wiped off with a clean cloth and I’ve been told that even if you wash it and dry it in the sun, it does not get spoilt. I put the roasted flat pita bread on the butti and true to what it claims, the bottom pita bread did not become soggy. I bought this product from a Bangalore based young company called Country Craft.

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Vegetarian Chickpea Gyros

I decided to make Vegetarian Chickpea Gyros for the Mediterranean theme as it almost covers all the staple ingredients required for this diet. I used wheat flour to make the flat pita bread, used fresh cucumber, tomatoes, onion, lettuce leaves and olives which covers the vegetables required. The legume used is chickpeas, dairy is the greek yogurt and feta cheese. Gyros are filling, healthy and a burst of flavors that tantalize the taste buds. It leaves the tummy full and yet not to the point that you feel uncomfortable or lethargic.  So, lets learn how to make Greek Gyros at home from scratch. If you want less of bread then why not serve gyros in a bowl with just one or two wedges of the flat pita bread.

Dietary Tips:

  • Ideal as a Vegetarian meal.
  • To make it vegan friendly, replace dairy yogurt with vegan yogurt or use hummus. Replace the milk with a plant based milk or water.
  • To make it satvik friendly meal, avoid using onion and garlic.
  • I’ve used coconut sugar to avoid using white refined sugar.
  • A healthy recipe for those following a Mediterranean diet. 

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VEGETARIAN CHICKPEA GYROS

Makes 8

For the Pita Flatbread:

3 cup whole wheat flour

2 tsp instant active dry yeast

2 tbsp plain yogurt

1 cup warm milk

1 tsp salt

½ tsp sugar

2 tbsp olive oil

 

For the Chickpea filling:

2 cups boiled chickpeas

1 tsp paprika powder

½ tsp cayenne pepper

½ tsp pepper powder

½ tsp salt

2 tbsp olive oil

 

For the salad filling:

1 cup cucumber slices

1 cup sliced or diced tomatoes

½ cup sliced onion

handful of fresh mint leaves

a few lettuce leaves

¼ cup sliced olives, black, green or kalamati

½ cup feta cheese, crumbled or diced

1 cup Tzatziki Sauce, click here for the recipe

 

Preparation of the Pita Flatbread:

  1. Mix flour with salt and sugar.
  2. Add yeast and mix it in.
  3. Add olive oil and rub it into the flour.
  4. Add yogurt and milk, form a dough.
  5. The dough should be soft. Knead it for  5-10 minutes till it is smooth.
  6. Shape the dough into a ball, rub it with olive oil.
  7. Place it in a greased bowl, cover it with a lid or damp cloth and let it rise for 2 hours or till its double in size.
  8. Deflate the dough gently.
  9. Divide it into 4 parts. Roll each part into a ball.
  10. Using extra wheat flour roll each ball of dough into a flat circle of about 6-7 inches in diameter.
  11. Heat a griddle pan or tawa over medium heat. 
  12. Roast the flatbreads over the pan on both sides till done.
  13. Keep the flatbreads on the side till required.

 

Preparation of the filling:

  1. For the chickpea filling, add salt, paprika, cayenne, pepper powders and olive oil. Mix well.
  2. Prepare the Tzatziki sauce.

 

Preparation of Vegetarian Chickpea Gyros:

  1. On each flatbread spread some Tzatziki sauce just in the middle. 
  2. Add some chickpeas.
  3. Arrange the salad ingredients.
  4. Top with some feta cheese.
  5. Fold the bread into half and serve.
  6. Serve with extra Tzatziki sauce on the side.

 

Tips:

  • Can use any ready made thick flatbread like naan or pita.
  • Replace the chickpeas with beans of your choice.
  • The amount and types of salad ingredients required is just a rough guideline. Feel free to use other ingredients like bell peppers, avocado etc.
  • If you’re going to prepare gyros bowls then it will serve only 4 as more salad ingredients and chickpeas go into it. Can add cooked couscous too to replace the flatbread wedges.

 

Pin for Later:

vegetarian chickpea gyros

 

A little request:

If you do try this recipe then please either

  • add a comment below,
  • send a picture to my email mayuri.ajay.patel62@gmail.com
  •  tag me as #mayuri_jikoni on Instagram
  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962

 

 

 

 

18 Comments

  • The Girl Next Door

    November 26, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    The Chickpea Gyros look absolutely delightful! They would make for a hearty and satisfying meal any day. Would love to try this out some time. 🙂

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 26, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, Its an easy and nutritious meal.

       
  • FoodTrails

    November 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Mayuriji, homemade Pita looks absolutely wonderful .. I too was earlier making gyros but changed it since I ran out of cucumbers and yogurt.. these are filling, nutritious and delicious too loved your simple chickpea salad filling with feta cheese and tzatziki. also I liked the idea of keeping chapatis and breads in Butti , reminds me of a basket in which my dadi used to keep chapatis lined with a cloth..

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 26, 2019 at 9:18 pm

      Thank you so much Swaty, hope your family gets to enjoy gyros soon. As for the butti, I don’t line it with cloth or kitchen towel.

       
  • poonampagar

    November 28, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Vegetarian chickpea gyros with wholewheat pura bread sounds like a wholesome nutritious meal to me. Bookmarking tje recipe to try out soon. Butti looks very artistic. Perfect for stacking bhakris and rotlas .

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 28, 2019 at 10:58 am

      Thank you so much Poonam, gyros is a nutritious meal. I use the butti everyday for my rotis and parathas.

       
  • Batter Up With Sujata

    November 28, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Chickpea Gyros looks so nutritious, delicious and easy to make. Flat bread also looks great. I will try it soon. Loved your informative detailed write Up.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 28, 2019 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata. Hope you and your family enjoy this recipe when you try it.

       
  • namscorner18

    November 28, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Chickpea gyros looks too tempting and inviting. Very informative and detailed post. Would love to try it sometime

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 28, 2019 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you so much Narmadha.

       
  • Preethi Prasad

    December 1, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Your post made me nostalgic. Reminded me of my trip to Greece last year where i tried this Gyros. Just loved your version too.It is so flavorful and filling.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 2, 2019 at 8:59 am

      Thanks Preethi, I’m hoping to try some when I visit Greece in April.

       
  • Vasusvegkitchen

    December 1, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Vegetarian chickpea gyro looks very inviting and by seeing the pics itself gives a healthy feel di. Firstly loved your write up di, it’s very detailed. Also loved the flavours added in chickpea filling and Tzatziki sauce. Bookmarking this healthy recioe to try it sometime.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 2, 2019 at 8:57 am

      Thank you so much Aruna, please do try the recipe, the combination of the sauce, chickpeas and the salads is very tasty.

       
  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    December 3, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Loving that butti, will check it out in the link you have given. You have a good list of Mediterranean recipes, checking a few of them. I am loving this gyros and the fact that it is versatile and can be replaced with other beans. A good wrap or just perfect as a salad bowl.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 3, 2019 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks Renu, As for the butti not sure if they send abroad, they are my neighbors in Bangalore and we have been telling them that they should sell online. Gyros are so versatile, you could also use other fillings to go with it. I hear they now make with pulled jackfruit too.

       
  • themadscientistskitchen

    December 3, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Mayuri I am bookmarking these gyros. I have been wanting to make them for ages now but did not have the courage. Now that I have a foolproof recipe it will be easier.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 3, 2019 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks Archana, please try them out. Gyros is not only fun food but healthy too.

       

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