A Middle Eastern delight. I don't know how authentic this recipe is but it is my favorite.
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- 4 scallions, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 cloves garlic, halved
- 1⁄2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
- 1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped of fresh mint
- 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1⁄2 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- vegetable oil cooking spray
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 pita pockets, warmed
- shredded lettuce
- chopped tomato
- sliced onion
Herbed Cucumber Yogurt
- 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 kirby cucumber, seeded and chopped
- sea salt
- To make Herbed Cucumber Yogurt: Add all yogurt ingredients to a mixing bowl; whisk to combine; cover and chill until ready to serve.
- To make Falafel: Add the scallions, garlic, cilantro, and mint to the container of a food processor; pulse until mixture is finely chopped.
- Add the chickpeas, breadcrumbs, cumin, baking powder, salt, and Tabasco; continue to pulse until the batter has the consistency of cooked oatmeal.
- Lightly oil hands and form mixture into 4 burger shaped patties.
- Spray each patty lightly with cooking spray.
- Let the olive oil get hot (but not smoking) in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Fry patties for about 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crisp.
- Transfer cooked patties to a paper-towel lined plate.
- Put cooked patty into warmed pita pocket with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and sliced onions.
- Serve with Herbed Cucumber Yogurt.
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I made it again today still following the recipe and upgraded it to 5 stars. I did nothing differently from when I tried it years ago. I made it into balls and it stayed together this time. So, who knows? For me the killer ingredient is the Tabasco sauce. Go for it! ...... Very, very crumbly. Had to give it a Hulk grip to get it to stick together. I looked at other recipes here on this website and found that water is added. Makes sense. I gave it two stars because it was very difficult to form and for the water omission. However, the taste was sooooo good! So I am not giving up on this recipe. I will try again with water added.1Reply
GREAT recipe! The falafel was a wonderful flavor. I did omit fresh mint and used a little dry instead. I used fresh parsley instead of cilantro and I chopped up a few dried, pitted dates and put them in the mixture. The patties formed really well. I cooked them in my air fryer instead of frying on the stove and they turned out perfectly. I added dill to the tazhiki sauce. Excellent recipe. Will make again!1Replies 1
Very flavorful. It will go into our meatless nights once a month. They stayed together very well while frying, but I added a tablespoon of the juice from the can of chickpeas. I did add dill into the herb sauce, as it seemed to be missing something when I tasted and it is typically found in yogurt based greek sauces.1Reply
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