Easy Falafel & Tahini Sauce

Posted: 15/12/2013 in Uncategorized
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Wow.  It’s been nearly three months since I last had a chance to post anything.  In that time, I’ve been working the regular job(got a promotion there a bit ago & with that promotion, more hours to about 60/week and an hour-long commute one-way), I’ve been helping this awesome company working farmers markets & developing new menu items, quit the job I got a promotion with & started working full-time with Fresh.

It really wasn’t a tough decision in letting the great paying job go, considering the fact that even though I didn’t directly have to work with animal product, I still had to deal with it in regards to people asking me what is better-the chicken salad or the steak kabobs, most times the resulting answer involving me announcing that I was vegan & the resulting reaction of the customer being either an awkward silence with a inquisitively tilted head or a complete disregard of my answer & a dismissive approach at any other questions to me and an order of kabobs.

Bottom line was that I didn’t want to do that on a daily basis, whether I was a general manager of a restaurant or not.  So the other company asked if I would be interested in full-time with them & I was on board instantly.  The job consisted of working with organic plant-based food, working farmer’s markets in the area, and just working on menu items until the first store opens in the late spring of 2014.

Not bad, huh?  I’m pretty stoked, especially now that I only have the one job & work about forty hours a week(give or take, but if you love the job, it isn’t really work, now is it?).

That isn’t why we are here today though, is it(I guess it kind of is, considering this is the first day off I’ve had for months)?

We’re here to talk falafel.  I was craving some good falafel for a full day after I left my group at a bar to go home while they continued to a local Mediterranean bar & had food late night.  The place has some awesome food & I’m just a big fan of falafel, so what was stopping me from making some from scratch?  Certainly not a hangover, that almost required some garbanzo beans & spices fried in some oil.

So here we go.  Grab all of this:

2 cups chickpeas, fully cooked & drained(or just a can if you are short on time)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
3/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons flour(you can use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free flour as well if you want to make this a gluten-free meal)

Take the chickpeas & start mashing them in a bowl(or use a blender, I just like having a bit of a hand crafted consistency).

In another bowl, take the remaining ingredients except for the flour and mix them together.  When that is all done, add the chickpeas & flour and mix that well.  You should have a pretty good pasty mix going now, looking a bit like this:

It might not look like much here, but just wait...

It might not look like much here, but just wait…

Get a small pan & heat some oil in it(just enough to cover the bottom & then some).  Grab a handful of the chickpea mixture, roll it into a ball, flatten it a bit & carefully place it in the pan, like this:

Almost there....

Almost there….

Let that go for about five minutes, flip, five minutes more & put the patty on a paper towel lined plate to absorb excess oil.

I almost couldn't wait to make a sandwich out of these things.

I almost couldn’t wait to make a sandwich out of these things.

While you are waiting on some of the falafel patties, work on the tahini sauce-it’s really easy.  Basically mix these ingredients in a bowl:

1 cup sesame seed paste (tahini)
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Mix them for a couple of minutes until it is completely incorporated.

This tahini sauce is awesome on veggies too!

This tahini sauce is awesome on veggies too!

Grab some pita, leaf lettuce, cut some tomato slices and build a tasty sandwich like this:

You might want to make a couple of these.

You might want to make a couple of these.

Now, this took me a total of three hours, mainly because I cooked the chickpeas from dried state, but it gave me plenty of time to play with the seasonings & tweak them nicely.  If you already have the chickpeas cooked or just a can of them, it should only take about twenty minutes to whip this up.  It’s just that easy!!  If you want to go gluten-free with the final product, just use lettuce as a wrap–it works just as well as the pita!

Enjoy, and expect some more posts from me with this extra time on my hands.  I’m reading up on Macrobiotics now, so I hope to have some awesome stuff on that side of the food spectrum as well!

  1. Laura says:

    I love falafel! Can’t wait to try to make it home now!

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