Sunday, May 5, 2013

Falafels Two Ways with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

I have been a fan of falafels for as long as I can remember. They're like the healthy more delicious versions of hush puppies - kind of. Falafels are a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, (or in this case sweet potatoes) commonly served in the Middle East. I found a recipe online for sweet potato falafels which called for chickpea flour and since #1 I don't have a Whole Foods near by to purchase said flour and #2 I also lack money in general, I decided to just mix the sweet potato in with a falafel mix I already had in the pantry considering the only ingredients in this mix was chickpea flour, whole wheat flour, and spices I figured it would work...and it did...ohhhh it did.

Sweet Potato Falafel

makes about 5-6 small falafels

1/2 package of falafel mix such as the one above
1 steamed and mashed sweet potato
1 tsp yellow curry powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder

enough oil to cover the bottom of a frying pan


1.Mix falafel ingredients and let sit for 5 min

2.Heat oil until it reaches 250 degrees F (I just pinch off a bit of falafel, throw it in the pan and see if it sizzles)

3.Fry falafels until dark brown on each side ~ 3 min. on each side.

Chickpea Falafels

1/2 package of falafel mix
1/2 water

I added a handful of cooked corn just to give it a little texture and it reminded me of corn nuggets (yum)

same directions as above

Tzatziki Sauce

1 cup plain Greek Yogurt OR sourcream
1/4 tsp salt
1 TBS Tahini paste
1/2 TBS sugar
1 tsp Sriracha
1/2 lemon juice

1 comment :

  1. I love falafels and haven't made them at home in forever! the sweet potato mixed in sounds fabulous.


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