Falafel with Tahini Sauce

I can’t say that I’ve ever had falafel at a restaurant, but after coming across a recipe from Just a Taste, I felt compelled to make them for myself. Falafel are little fried chickpea patties, and the ones I made were quite tasty!

20140117-140920.jpg
We ate them in pita bread with tahini sauce.

20140117-141005.jpg

Falafel with Tahini
Sauce

falafel ingredients:

    2 cups chopped onion
    6 cloves of garlic
    2 cups of cooked chickpeas (a little more than a can unfortunately)
    1 cup lightly packed parsley
    1 cup lightly packed cilantro
    1 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp chili powder
    2 tsp cumin
    2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 cup flour
    Canola oil for sautéing

Tahini sauce ingredients:

    1 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
    1/4 cup tahini (I used this)

20140117-142036.jpg

    2 tbsp lemon juice

Directions:
1. Pulse onion and garlic in food processor until finely minced. Remove mixture and set it aside.
2. Place chickpeas, parsley, cilantro, salt, chili powder, and cumin into the food processor bowl and pulse until roughly blended.
3. Return the onion mixture to the food processor with the chickpea mixture.
4. Add 1/4 flour and pulse until the mixture forms a ball. I ended up adding roughly 2/3 cups of flour in the end.

20140117-142603.jpg
5. Refrigerate mixture in a covered bowl for at least an hour.
6. Cover the bottom of a frying pan with canola oil, and heat over medium heat.
7. Drop spoonfuls (roughly 3 tbsp each) into the hot oil and push the ball down into a patty.
8. Cook roughly 3 minutes on each side, until browned.
9. Transfer patties to a paper towel to drain excess oil.

Tahini sauce directions:
1. Whisk together the yogurt, tahini and lemon juice. Keep chilled.

Serve the falafel in a warm pita with lots of tahini sauce!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s