Mini Green Falafel with Yogurt Tahini Sauce




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Mini Green Falafel with Yogurt Tahini Sauce is a healthy Middle Eastern appetizer made with chickpeas, spices, and lots and lots of fresh herbs.  These healthy gluten free chickpea fritters will become your new favorites!

There are two special things about this homemade falafel recipe.  First, they’re mini cocktail sized, perfect for spearing with a toothpick.   Second, when you bite into them they’re emerald green because of all the finely minced parsley, cilantro and mint inside.

These Middle Eastern chickpea fritters are usually served in bigger patties, wrapped up in pita.  But this way they’re a little lighter and brighter, and you still get to dip them into that wonderful lemony Yogurt Tahini sauce.

I laid them out on a bed of micro greens.  Have you seen all the micro greens they have now?  It’s crazy.  I even saw micro-iceberg…no kidding.  This is micro-romaine.

If you’ve always wondered how to make falafel I’ll take you through the steps, it’s really quite easy.  I use chickpea flour for this falafel recipe, although I in other recipes like my BEST FALAFEL I’ve also used ground chickpeas.  You can find chickpea, or garbanzo bean flour, at Whole Foods, and sometimes even in your regular grocery store.  The tahini, or sesame paste, is usually with the nut butters, or in the international section.  You can buy it online from Bob’s Red Mill and also from Amazon, here.

Mini Green Falafel with Yogurt Tahini Sauce
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Yield: makes 2 dozen

Mini Green Falafel with Yogurt Tahini Sauce

Ingredients

  • big handful of parsley leaves, finely minced
  • big handful of cilantro leaves, finely minced
  • big handful of mint leaves, finely minced
  • 1/2 small red onion, very finely minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chickpea flour
  • pinch onion powder
  • pinch garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup hot water (you may not need it all)
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying
    yogurt tahini sauce
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup tahini sauce
  • juice of one lemon
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Use a small food processor to finely chop the fresh herbs. I ended up with approximately 1/2 cup of finely minced mixed herbs.
  2. Mix all the rest of of the ingredients (except the vegetable oil) in a bowl, including the herbs, adding just enough water to get a thick batter/paste. Add a little more or a little less water so that you have the consistency of a very thick cornbread batter. It will be sticky, but not watery. Set aside for 10 minutes while you heat up your oil.
  3. In a heavy bottomed pan heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil to 350 degrees. Drop small balls of batter into the oil, working in batches. I use a 1" scoop and dropped the batter right in from the scoop. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes, tossing the balls as they cook, until evenly golden brown. Drain on a paper towel.
  4. Serve hot with Yogurt Tahini Sauce.
  5. To make the sauce, mix equal parts Greek style yogurt with Tahini, and then stir in fresh lemon juice to taste. Thin with cold water to your desired consistency. Season with salt to taste.

Did you know that in some countries McDonald’s sells a McFalafel?  I’m so jealous.

 

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    katrina hall
    December 10, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Oh my gosh, those look fantastic!

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    grace
    December 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    what an awesome hue on those bad boys! i just love falafel and it’s also one of my favorite words. :)

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    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes
    December 8, 2012 at 8:09 am

    These look amazing! Wouldn’t it be nice to get “healthy” fast food . . . Some day!

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    Jacquelyn Grandy
    December 8, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Hi Sue! I love the interior color in those falafels, so vibrant and green. I also love tahini yogurt sauce. I make it up all the time for the kids to enjoy with some fresh cut veggies. I might start a Friday family happy hour tradition. I think it would be a fun thing for the kids and a great way for us to relax and unwind from the busy week.
    Jackie :)

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    December 7, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Who knows, maybe some day we’ll have fast falafel too :) These looks delicious with the dipping sauce and I love the bright green color. Wish I could find those micro greens!

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    shannon weber
    December 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    McFalafel: if ONLY they would sell those here.
    I’m so into these..and yes; thank you for that observation regarding microgreens! they’re everywhere! Your photo is like an optical illusion: the greens and the falafel are so small that your lemons and mint leaf look GIANT. :) so cute…i love all the herbs in them.

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    Amy
    December 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    These look really great, Sue. I’ve been dying to try making falafel but I always get too lazy. And I love the green color in these– I’ve heard it’s a very Lebanese version, which I think sounds delicious!

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    December 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Kinda of strange to think about McDonald’s and Falafel in the same place! Love the presentation and the tahini sauce sounds wonderful!