If you’re bored of sandwiches, then these stuffed pittas are the best alternative. They’re perfect for packed lunches and there’s no excuse for them not to be delicious – give these a go, then experiment with your own favourite flavour combinations.


  • 6 medium carrots

  • a bunch of fresh coriander

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

  • 6 wholemeal pittas

  • 1 orange

  • 2 lemons

  • extra virgin olive oil sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • Equipment

  • Y-shaped peeler Chopping board Knife

  • Small non-stick frying pan

  • Wooden spoon Box grater Salad bowl Baking tray Microplane

  • Small mixing bowl

  • Measuring spoons

  • Fork

  • Oven gloves


  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 130°C/250°F /gas ½.

  • 2.

    Use a Y-shaped peeler to peel the carrots on a chopping board.

  • 3.

    Pick the coriander leaves and finely chop them, discarding the stalks.

  • 4.

    Place a small non-stick frying pan on a medium heat, add the seeds and leave them to toast for

  • 5.

    3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly golden, tossing regularly, then tip them into a salad bowl.

  • 6.

    Coarsely grate the carrots using a box grater, then add them to the salad bowl along with the coriander leaves.

  • 7.

    Pop the pittas onto a baking tray and into the oven for a few minutes to warm through.

  • 8.

    To make the dressing, use a microplane to finely grate the zest of the orange, then add it to a small mixing bowl.

  • 9.

    Cut the orange in half and squeeze in the juice, catching any pips with your hand.

  • 10.

    Cut the lemons in half and squeeze in the juice from 1½ lemons, then add 5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.

  • 11.

    Add a tiny pinch of salt and pepper, then mix well with a fork.

  • 12.

    Use oven gloves to remove the pittas from the

  • 13.

    Oven, then serve with the zingy salad, and some homemade houmous (see minty yoghurt dip recipe), and let everyone stuff and build their own pittas.

  • 14.

    Pour the dressing into the salad bowl and toss everything together well, adding a squeeze more lemon juice if you think it needs it.


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