Recipe

Tasty Falafels with a Sweet & Spicy Tahini Sauce

Screen Shot 2019 08 27 at 10.31.52 AMScreen Shot 2019 08 27 at 10.31.52 AMAuthorEden HagosYields1 ServingCategory
Cook Time30 mins

Falafels are some of my favourite snacks! They're so versatile, easy to make and vegan! I make a big batch and freeze half for later. I often pop these treats in the air fryer and enjoy it with a tasty sweet & spicy tahini sauce.

Ingredients

 1 ⅕ cups Dry chickpeas Soak overnight or at least 12 hours
 1 Small onion
 7 garlic cloves
 1 cup Cilantro
 1 cup Parsley
 1 tbsp Coriander
 1 tbsp Cajun/ creole spice
 1 tsp Baking powder
 ½ tsp Baking soda
 Salt & Pepper to taste
Sweet & Spicy Tahini Sauce
 4 tbsp Freshly squeezed Lemon juice
 3 tbsp Tahini
 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
 1 tbsp Hot sauce
 1 tbsp Cold water
 1 garlic clove (crushed)
Extras for Falafels
 pita wraps
 spring salad mix
 cucumbers
 tomatoes
 red onions
 olive oil
 lemon juice
 Salt & Pepper

Directions

1

Place dry chickpeas in a large bowl and cover with water. Soak all night for at least 12 hours or longer to ensure the chickpeas are not too dry. The chickpeas will double in size.

2

Add the chickpeas to the food processor and pulse, once it’s broken down add onion, garlic, spices, herbs, baking powder and baking soda.

3

Pulse till evenly combined, then place in a bowl and chill for at least 20 minutes

4

Remove from the fridge and form balls with your hands

5

Heat up pot of oil, test a small piece of the falafel mix (I make a mini ball) and gently drop into frying oil to test when it’s ready. Then gently drop falafel balls and fry until brown & crispy.

6

Place on wire rack to drain excess oil

7

Mix lemon juice, tahini, water, crushed garlic, maple syrup and hot sauce till a creamy sauce is formed. Add salt to taste and adjust amount of ingredients to taste as well. I like my sauce spicy so I often add a bit more hot sauce.

8

Dip falafels into sauce or serve in a pita wrap with fresh veggies and drizzle sauce overtop.

Extra Tips
9

Some recipes call for bread crumbs and/ or eggs to get the right consistency. Feel free to experiment. Check out the BLACK FOODIE Recipe video to see the consistency that worked for us.

If you don't get the right consistency or temperature your falafels will break apart in the oil.

Do not use canned chickpeas - they are too soft for this recipe

The dipping sauce is enough for two servings, feel free to double the ratios if you plan to serve the falafels in one sitting. I like to freeze half for later & reheat in the air fryer.

Ingredients

 1 ⅕ cups Dry chickpeas Soak overnight or at least 12 hours
 1 Small onion
 7 garlic cloves
 1 cup Cilantro
 1 cup Parsley
 1 tbsp Coriander
 1 tbsp Cajun/ creole spice
 1 tsp Baking powder
 ½ tsp Baking soda
 Salt & Pepper to taste
Sweet & Spicy Tahini Sauce
 4 tbsp Freshly squeezed Lemon juice
 3 tbsp Tahini
 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
 1 tbsp Hot sauce
 1 tbsp Cold water
 1 garlic clove (crushed)
Extras for Falafels
 pita wraps
 spring salad mix
 cucumbers
 tomatoes
 red onions
 olive oil
 lemon juice
 Salt & Pepper

Directions

1

Place dry chickpeas in a large bowl and cover with water. Soak all night for at least 12 hours or longer to ensure the chickpeas are not too dry. The chickpeas will double in size.

2

Add the chickpeas to the food processor and pulse, once it’s broken down add onion, garlic, spices, herbs, baking powder and baking soda.

3

Pulse till evenly combined, then place in a bowl and chill for at least 20 minutes

4

Remove from the fridge and form balls with your hands

5

Heat up pot of oil, test a small piece of the falafel mix (I make a mini ball) and gently drop into frying oil to test when it’s ready. Then gently drop falafel balls and fry until brown & crispy.

6

Place on wire rack to drain excess oil

7

Mix lemon juice, tahini, water, crushed garlic, maple syrup and hot sauce till a creamy sauce is formed. Add salt to taste and adjust amount of ingredients to taste as well. I like my sauce spicy so I often add a bit more hot sauce.

8

Dip falafels into sauce or serve in a pita wrap with fresh veggies and drizzle sauce overtop.

Extra Tips
9

Some recipes call for bread crumbs and/ or eggs to get the right consistency. Feel free to experiment. Check out the BLACK FOODIE Recipe video to see the consistency that worked for us.

If you don't get the right consistency or temperature your falafels will break apart in the oil.

Do not use canned chickpeas - they are too soft for this recipe

The dipping sauce is enough for two servings, feel free to double the ratios if you plan to serve the falafels in one sitting. I like to freeze half for later & reheat in the air fryer.

Tasty Falafels with a Sweet & Spicy Tahini Sauce

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