Friday, June 18, 2010

Falafel with Tahini sauce

These are fun to make...and eat! Not too much to know except that you should soak your beans the night before you cook them off ( like all beans), so this would fall into the category of "planned meal". You can add any fresh veggies you want, but you must add PICKLES! :)

To make these yummy morsels you put about 3 cups of cooked chickpeas in a food processor, and mix until chopped up well, not completely mush. Then add...

1 lemon juiced
a half a onion minced
1 clove garlic minced
2 teaspoons of ground cumin
1 teaspoon of paprika
2 tablespoons flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup parsley chopped

Mix this in a bowl together so that it looks like this....

Form into patties ( makes about 12)
Heat up about 1/2 inch of sunflower oil in a pan ( I like to use a cast iron) and fry both sides until golden. Remove from pan and place on a cookie sheet and bake in an oven on 350 for 20 minutes. Wrap up in a pita with your favorite veggies.

Tahini Sauce

4 tbsp tahini
1/4 cup water
1/2 lemon- juiced
1 tsp sea salt
4 tbsp sunflower oil

In a blend put the first 4 ingredients and blend, slowly add the sunflower oil until thickens.


  1. I love this nice and easy to follow recipe. Plus it looks so healthy. Thanks for sharing

  2. Yum! This looks fab. I have yet to make my own falafel, but it is something I enjoy everytime I go to the Mediterranean restaurant.

  3. Ah...I love falafel and tahini. Definitely making this!

  4. I love the falafel and I love saying the word, too! YUM!

  5. Yum. I love falafel. I just got back from Paris where I was completely obsessed. L'as du falafel. Best ever. I vowed to learn how to make it when I came back... thanks for the recipe. I can't wait to try it!

  6. Oh I have to try this, I have actually never made any. We had hummus for lunch, this would have been a nice change!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Wonderful dish! Luckily I live in Beirut these days and would rather order them in!

  8. Thanks friends :) These are super easy to make and really tasty too.

  9. I love felafel and this looks delicious and healthy.

  10. I just made something like this last week! I called them "almost fallafel" balls because I didn't fry them! :)

  11. is there any substitute for sunflower seed oil?

  12. could use canola oil :)

  13. I just made this tonight. Both my wife and I tipped our head back a few times while eating it--letting out approving grunts and yums and mmmm...mmmm's. It tasted exactly like the Jewish falafel place down the street, which is a high standard indeed (especially in the Jewish quarter, where I live nearby).

    I was surprised that the sauce was so delicious considering how few ingredients it had: I would love to have this as a salad dressing.

    Really, I can't say enough good things about this recipe (other than that I thought cilantro made a nice addition too).

  14. I just read your "about" page, and heard that you lived in Montreal for a few years. It is darn near impossible not to find delicious falafel here. No wonder the recipe tasted so good.