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Falafel Patties with Tzatziki Sauce

I love Falafel! It’s a delicious way to get your protein, and enjoy a meatless meal. These chickpea patties are prominent in Middle Eastern cuisine. You can find it on Greek menus. And chances are, if you’re walking down a street in New York City, or another metropolitan area, there will be a food truck or two selling them right on the street.

There’s nothing like homemade Falafel. It takes a little time, but they’re soooo good! I enjoy them with Tzatziki Sauce, but straight Tahini is delicious, too. Try this recipe for yourself!

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Ingredients for falafel:
3 cans chickpeas (organic, if possible), drained and rinsed
2 cups chopped onion
6 tbsp minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp cumin
Ground black pepper, to taste
2-4 tbsp flour (gluten free is fine)
1 tsp baking powder
Olive oil for frying patties

Ingredients for Tzatziki Sauce:
1/2 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup peeled & grated cucumber (as dry as possible)
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp lemon zest
Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Tools You’ll Need:
Food processor (or very high speed blender)
Large mixing bowl
Sheet pan lined with wax paper
Frying pan

Instructions:

  1. Puree chickpeas in food processor until smooth. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, stir in onion, garlic, cilantro, sea salt, coriander, cumin, black pepper.
  2. Shape mixture into about 36 patties, 1 3/4 inch by 1/2 inch. Place on prepared sheet pan, cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  3. While Falafel patties are chilling, prepare tzatziki Sauce: Combine yogurt, sour cream, cucumber, and garlic in food processor and puree until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and fold in olive oil, dill, lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir until combined, season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Keep refrigerated.
  4. In a large fry pan, pour in about 1/2″ of olive oil and heat to about 350 degrees. Be careful, hot oil can splatter. Take prepared patties out of refrigerator, working in batches (don’t overcrowd the pan), fry patties until golden brown on each side, about 2 minutes per side, be sure you check them for color. Drain on absorbent paper towels.
  5. Serve on a platter with lettuce, tomato, pita bread, and tzatziki sauce. Like tacos, you can build your own

Note: You can make these earlier in the day than needed, refrigerate covered, and reheat them in the oven. They’ll be just as delicious. They won’t have a crunchy texture though. Don’t let that stop you. I have had to do this on occasion. No one complained… they ate them all!

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