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Falafel Platter with Tzatziki Sauce

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Soaking time12 hrs
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 20 falafel balls
Calories: 119kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer

Ingredients

Falafel

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 1 cup yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • canola oil for frying

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 2 5.3-oz. containers plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 medium English cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Additional Platter Items

  • Feta cheese
  • green and Kalamata olives
  • variety of grape tomatoes
  • pita wedges
  • spring mix

Instructions

Falafel

  • Add the dried chickpeas to a large bowl. Cover by at least 2-3 inches with cold water. Soak overnight, then drain.
  • Add drained chickpeas, onions, garlic, parsley, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper and cayenne to the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process until the mixture is blended, but not pureed.
  • Sprinkle in the flour and pulse a few times. Add the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate, covered, for about 2-3 hours.
  • Remove mixture from refrigerator and form into walnut sized balls. If balls are not staying together, add a bit more flour. (I found 3 tablespoons of flour worked perfectly.)
  • Heat about 3 inches of canola oil in a deep pot to 375 degrees. Fry 4-6 balls at a time, a few minutes on each side (about 2 minutes each side), until lightly golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate. 

Tzatziki Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, whisk together until well combined. Chill. 

Nutrition

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 4.9mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.3mg