Chile Basil Falafel Sub

    This sandwich matches Thai flavors with middle eastern falafel, and puts it all into an American sandwich.


    • 8 Falafel (see note)
    • 1 Large Onion
    • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper
    • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
    • 1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
    • 2 Tablespoons Sambal Chile Paste
    • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
    • 2 Lemons
    • 1/4 Cup Water
    • 1/2 Bunch Basil
    • 1/2 Cucumber
    • 2 Sub Rolls


    1. Falafel Note - As mentioned, I got the falafel recipe from the awesome new book The Single Guy Cookbook by Avi Shemtov. Because of that, I am not going to write out the recipe here, but you can buy the book, or use your favorite falafel recipe from the internet. Because I was making them for this chile basil sub, I used basil in the falafel instead of parsley.
    2. Fry up your falafel. Meanwhile, slice the onion and cook it in some oil for about 5 minutes. Add in the pepper (also sliced) and cook another 5 minutes. Add in the soy sauce, fish sauce, sambol, sugar, lemon juice, and water. Simmer about 10 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, slice the cucumber and get your sub roll ready. When the falafel come out of the fryer, toss them into the sauce mixture. Remove from heat and add the basil. Stir well to coat the falafel.


    Like usual, I was trying to channel my cravings into a dish, but they were all over the place. I kinda wanted a meatball sub, but I also wanted to make falafel. Then I almost dropped all my cooking plans and just ordered Thai takeout. I realized that I could combine all these flavors into one crazy sandwich, so that’s what I did. I recently got my hands on Avi Shemtov’s new book, The Single Guy Cookbook, and it has an awesome and easy falafel recipe in it, so I was excited to try it out.

    I used basil instead of parsley in this falafel since it was going into the chile basil sub.
    After you process the chickpeas, just form them up with your hands.
    And drop them into the fryer for a few minutes.  I had the fryer out already cause I made the chowder fries the day before.
    Nicely fried falafel! I have made falafel a couple times in the past, and these were the best by far!  and super easy.
    The chile sauce has onion, pepper, soy sauce, fish sauce, sambal, sugar, and lemon. This would probably normally have lime, but I went with lemon to match flavors you might normally have with falafel.
    Cut the heat and add in the falafel and basil.
    Cucumber in the bread, followed by the falafel and plenty of the sauce, onions, and peppers.
    This sandwich satisfied ALL my cravings that night, and I was so glad I made it instead of just getting takeout!
    Savory from the garlic in the falafel and the soy and fish sauce, but nicely balanced with sweet, sour, and spicy flavors.
    The cucumbers added a nice freshness. and the tender bread was a great vehicle for the falafel.
    And below is me and Avi at the launch party for his book!