Falafel with Tzatziki

Falafel with Tzatziki

Falafel with Tzatziki

Firstly, please excuse the picture. It’s not my best. My husband and I had a ball game that night and I was in a bit of a rush. I didn’t want a bad picture preventing me from posting a delicious recipe, so I’ve decided to go ahead, unflattering picture and all.

After making a delicious chocolate tart last week and then eating far too much of it, I’ve decided to try and eat a bit healthier this week. Actually, I’m usually a pretty healthy eater throughout the week, it’s the weekend that I struggle with. We seem to be on the go a lot or just in the mood for over indulging. Come Monday I always feel like healthier fare. Keeping that in mind, I decided to start this week off with home made falafel and tzatziki sauce, served along with a salad. If you’ve never or had falafel before, they’re definitely worth trying. They’re full of flavour and loaded with nutrition, plus, “falafel” is just a really fun word to say. Or maybe that’s just me 🙂

Falafel are a traditional middle eastern food, though where they originated in the middle east is still debated. Made from mashed chickpeas (or fava beans in Egypt), the mixture is formed into a ball or patty and then served in a pita. They can also be served by themselves as an appetizer, which is my preferred way of eating them. While you can find these little gems pre-made at the grocery store, I prefer to make them myself. Mostly because I’m a pretty big fan of knowing what exactly is in my food. Even though the ingredient list for this recipe is long, it comes together quite quickly.

I served the falafel with tzatziki because I love how it’s tangyness (I don’t think that’s a word, but you know what I mean) off sets the savoury flavour of the falafel. Enjoy!

Falafel:

398 mL chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/4 Cup onion, finely chopped

1/4 Cup carrot, grated

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 Cup mint, chopped

1/4 Cup italian flat leaf parsely, chopped

1 lemon, juice only

1 tbsp all purpose flour

1 tbsp ground coriander

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp ground cardammom

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cayenne

salt and pepper

2 tbsp vegetable or coconut oil

Remove the skins from the chickpeas and then mash them in a bowl using a potato masher. You could also use a food processor. I just find that by the time I assemble mine, I could have already mashed the chickpeas by hand. Stir in the remaining ingredients until well combined.  Roll the mixture into 2″ balls. Heat the vegetable or coconut oil in a frying pan. A few at a time, add the falafel to the pan and cook until golden on all sides and heated through.

*Another option for cooking the falafel is to place them in the oven at 400 degrees Farenheit for  15-20 minutes.

Tzatziki:

3/4 Cup full fat plain greek yogurt

1/4 Cup cucumber, grated

2 tbsp mint, chopped

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 clove of garlic, minced

Stir all the ingredients together until well combined. Store in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, until ready to serve.

 

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13 Comments

  1. J Seaton says:

    It’s not always the easiest to find time for pictures, is it? I’ve been hosting friends lately, and as dinner’s already usually late, I’m rushing to take a picture or two (or ten) before everybody’s already finished eating. Lackluster photo or not, the falafel’s still look delicious.

  2. I think Tangyness is totally a word 😉 These look really yummy, we make these quite a bit in our house and love to eat them with salad wrapped in pita bread. Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays, I hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Oh falafels are the best!!! I love to top them in a wrap with a bit of tabouleh. So yum! Definitely trying your recipe next time! Thanks for joining our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! xx

  4. Looks pretty darn good Natalie and I love the ingredients with all the fresh herbs. I love the sauce with the yogurt. I am a yogurt lover or anything made with yogurt. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned and twitted.

  5. Jhuls says:

    I love falafel especially with tahini/hummus sauce. But your sauce sounds completely delish! Thanks for sharing. I hope you enjoy the party. Happy FF and enjoy your weekend. 🙂

  6. tentimestea says:

    So many lovely flavours in these falafel! I definitely admire cooking blogs as I can see how it must be a challenge to take photos before eating. I know I would probably be too impatient, and it would be even harder if you’re busy! Hope it was a good game and happy FF 🙂

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