Whats better than falafel? BAKED falafel with homemade flatbread and a creamy Tzatziki sauce.
2 cans of chickpeas, drained and shelled
½ bunch fresh parsley
¼ bunch fresh cilantro
¼ bunch fresh mint
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon paprika
2 ¼ teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seed
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1 english cucumber, 1/2 peeled
1 ¼ cups greek yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh mint
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup whole fat greek yogurt
1 1/4 cups self-rising flour, plus more for dusting
Preheat oven to 350°F .
Drained and take off the outer skin of the chickpeas. (Time consuming but worth it)
To a food processor add the chickpeas, parsley, cilantro, coriander, mint, 3 cloves of garlic, onion, paprika, 2 teaspoons of cumin, ground coriander, baking soda, toasted sesame seeds, salt and pepper and eggs and puree/blend until smooth.
Once everything is incorporated add breadcrumbs to processor and pulse until everything is nicely incorporated.
Use your hands to form falafel the size of a ping pong balls. Place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet thats been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for about 25-30 minutes.
To prepare the tzatziki, cut a cucumber in two. Peel half and leave the other half with skin. Use a box grater to grate the cucumber into a bowl.
Salt the grated cucumber and let sit for 5 minutes. Place the salted cucumber into a sieve and press down with a spatula to remove excess liquid.
Mix the grated cucumber with Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of mint, the minced garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
In a bowl, mix together yogurt and flour until it forms a smooth dough.
Transfer the dough to a floured surface. Divide into 4 equal parts.
Roll out each piece of dough to about 8 inches in diameter, using plenty of flour to prevent sticking or tearing.
Cook the bread in a cast iron skillet drizzled with 1 tbs of olive oil, over medium-high heat for 2-4 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through.
Serve the falafel with the tzatziki and flatbread. Enjoy!