Falafel with Tahini Dip- an almost perfect meal, soon to be perfected

4 Jan

These little wonders turned out awesome, filling and soft and satisfying. I fried them at first (as per the recipe), hoping they would crisp up on the outside. Maybe the pan or the oil wasn’t hot enough, because the frying didn’t really do the trick, the falafel just soaked up the oil like a sponge. So, I then baked them, hoping for some added crispy-ness, which worked to some extent. Regardless, these falafel were delicious, but next time I’ll just straight up bake them and save on some unnecessary calories!

The tahini dip was lemony and a little bit spicy, mixing tahini with lemon, salt and cayenne,  and the salad was simple with a lemon and garlic dressing.

Recipe is loosely based on this one (although personally, I season based on instinct and not precision, to varying degrees of success):

  • 2 cans garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (added more than this, as I love cilantro and also the colour green in my food)
  • 2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (if frying)

Basically, just blend all this together and ball them as if you were making meatballs. So simple! This yielded about 16…and were devoured in less than 12 hours.

4 Responses to “Falafel with Tahini Dip- an almost perfect meal, soon to be perfected”

  1. Melanie Gyles January 10, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    That looks divine! can you post the salad recipe as well?

  2. food,mostly January 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    This salad consists of mixed greens with some yellow pepper, pomegranate and hemp seeds. The dressing is olive oil pureed with one clove of garlic, lemon juice (fresh), and some salt n’ pepa. Very simple. I like the colour combo!


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