In our quest to find new and tasty vegetarian dishes, we decided to make falafel. Summer had it last week at her Uncle's house, and really liked it.
My take? I probably won't make it again, but I would love to try it in a restaurant that specializes in Middle Eastern food. In short, it tastes like a curry hush puppy!
Falafel is traditionally made with garbanzo or fava beans. We cheated and used the boxed mix:
Add some water to the mix and let set a few minutes.
Then roll into balls and/or patties. We did both.
Make sure you have your helper for this!
Then you fry them in 1/2 inch of oil for a couple of minutes until crispy and browned.
Traditionally, these are served in a pita with Tahini sauce (a sesame "paste"), but we aren't big fans of Tahini, so we decided to mix genres and use Taziki sauce, which is a Greek sauce.
First, peel and seed a cucumber, then salt it and let it sit to pull the water out of the cucumber. In your food processor, throw in the cucumber, chopped up, some lemon juice, Greek yogurt (my new favorite ingredient), salt and pepper, and spices as desired.
Blend until well pureed.
Then, chop of some veggies of choice....
And assemble everything in a pita. We used these wraps instead. I prefer Anan bread (a pocketless pita) but those are hard to find around these parts.