Chickpea Falafel with Yoghurt Sauce

    45 minutes

    This classic falafel recipe is delicious served in a pita bread with yoghurt cucumber sauce and tomatoes.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 3/4 cup low-fat natural yoghurt
    • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeds removed and finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
    • 420g can chickpeas, drained
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1/2 bunch parsley
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • extra pinch black pepper
    • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 cup dried breadcrumbs
    • extra oil for frying
    • 4 pita breads and chopped tomatoes to serve

    Preparation:35min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. To make the sauce: In a small bowl combine yoghurt, cucumber, dill, salt, pepper and mayonnaise. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
    2. To make the falafels: In a large bowl, mash the chickpeas until thick and creamy; don't use a blender, as the consistency will be too thin. In a blender, process onion, parsley and garlic until smooth. Stir into mashed chickpeas.
    3. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, cumin, coriander, salt, baking powder, pepper, cayenne, lemon juice and olive oil. Stir into chickpea mixture. Slowly add breadcrumbs until mixture will hold together and is no longer sticky. Add more or less breadcrumbs, as needed.
    4. Form mixture into 8 balls, then flatten into patties.
    5. Heat extra oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Fry patties until brown on both sides.
    6. To serve: Dollop some of the yoghurt cucumber on to each pita bread. Add 2 falafels and lightly mash, then add some chopped tomatoes. Fold one side of the pita up over the filling, then wrap tightly.

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    Something else. Wonderful recipe! I didn't have any coriander or enough parsley, but it still turned out great. I suggest, as others have, that you make the cucumber sauce first so that the flavors can mix well. The sauce tasted great, but, a tad too sweet for me. So, I added in some more salt to even it out. Plan on using the sauce for salads in the future! I mashed the chickpeas without a blender, as the recipe says, and the texture was nice. This is really laborious, so if you're short on time, just use a blender on a gentle setting. I also made the following preparation changes: 1) After forming the falafel balls, I covered them in bread crumbs. This creates a nice texture. Form the patties after this. 2) To make less fatty, baked the falafel patties in an oven instead of deep frying. I covered an oven pan with aluminum foil (easy cleanup!) then very lightly greased it with olive oil. Bake the patties at 220C for 20 minutes then turn over and baked for another 8-10 minutes. They brown well and turn out great. Enjoy!  -  29 Sep 2008


    Made it healthier. So yummy and very easy to make! Instead of frying, I baked them in the oven. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees C. Spray the baking sheet and then the falafels with vegetable oil cooking spray. BAke 10 minutes, flip and spray again, then another 10 minutes. Then broil each side for 2 minutes. So good and much healthier! Thanks!  -  29 Sep 2008


    all the recipes i know always add flour at least 2T. my coworker had a problem with them falling apart and then she decided to add flour and it solved problem  -  08 Feb 2017