Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Falafel with Tahini sauce...... Mood = Good fried food

I am not sure if many of you have eaten a falafel.... But if you have not then you are missing out BIG TIME! They are filled with so much goodness that it is almost a crime to not try this or at least buy them and eat them. The chickpeas, coriander, garlic, parsley, olive oil are just so divine and to finish it off you dip it into a tahini sauce which just adds to the gorgeous taste of this dish.

I asked the experts how to make this dish.... IE: my mother and aunties. They were more than happy to help as they feel super important passing their secrets down to at least one of us. I have three sisters and one brother. and lets just say that they are not all keen cooks....

Back to my aunties and mum. So they all argued who had the best recipe and then realised they all had the same one. HA HA. They are so funny. Its just they have different orders of what to put in and they think its something different. So the chickpea is obviously the star of the show and with this it is full of iron, zinc, dietary fibre and protein. What a wonderful way to pack it all in to one or two bites.....

The tahini has also got its benefits. Sesame seeds are full of iron, calcium, Vitamin B and E, anti oxidants and anti cancer properties. It is also thought that sesame reduces blood cholesterol and also when the sesame is pulverised and made into a paste its nutrients are more active.

So enough of the science part and now for the recipe.


500g dried chickpeas
1 bunch of parsley
1 bunch of coriander
1T coriander powder
1/2 onion
1T baking powder
4 cloves Garlic
Olive oil


  • First soak the chickpeas in water for up to 8 hours. Best to do it over night so you don't have to wait for it.
  • When ready, drain the water and begin adding the ingredients above. Apply them roughly because you are going to pulse them to a paste.
  • Add the salt and pepper and place the ingredients in a blender and mix till you have formed a paste.
  • While you are doing this place some vegetable oil, i use sunflower oil, in a pan and get it very hot.
  • Begin shaping your falafel into rounds but make sure you leave the bottoms flat so they can stand up.
  • Place them about 4-5 at a time and let them cook for about 6-8 minutes. You want them to cook all the way through.
  • Serve the falafel with Tahini sauce.

Tahini sauce:

3T tahini paste
4 T yoghurt
3 lemons
1 T salt
  • Mix all together and add some water to make it less thick. You want it to be runny consistency.

Enjoy the falafels. They are so worth it. Full and rich, packed with goodness and taste. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The perfect bite every time. Drizzle with creamy tahini sauce and eat while warm.


Anonymous said...

This looks so much easier than i thought.... Yummy. Good for you for posting this. I love falfel but have never tried making my own.... Love the inspiration you give me hehehe

Susan said...

I have been buying ready made falafel at Costco, but these look so much better and not as hard as I thought. Thank you!

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Susan these are far more superior to anything store bought. They taste great they look good and most of all you can feel so proud that you have made them. They are a little rustic, but they are perfect and i will definitely be making them again and again..... I hop eyou make them and enjoy the taste.

Lea Ann said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Great blog you've got here, I'm your newest follower. I have tried falafel, and with no excuse. It will be my next adventure.

Christine said...

Like Channa Dal? Or is it possible to use canned chickpeas {as I have one in stock}?

Never knew it was so easy. I love falafels! bought always used a box mix {shame}. thanks for the recipe and pictures!

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Lea Ann, you have to try this it is so great and the taste is just so different.

Christine, i asked my mother and she said that the tinned would not work as well because it would get too wet and sloppy. It needs to hold its shape. But you could try it. I guess back in the day they didnt have tinned chickpeas and probably didnt even try it when they could have. So let me know how it goes....

Melissa said...

Mm, I love falafel, and I really should get around to making my own.

About how many does this recipe make?

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Hey Melissa, thanks for stopping by my blog. Basically this will make baout 15-20 medium to large falafel, or 35 small ones. Affordable, easy and tasty! My three favourite words....

tasteofbeirut said...

Yumm! You are reminding me I need to include some falafels on the menu one night; except I think I will order them from a man who makes really good ones. Your recipe sounds wonderful.

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Joumana, the recipe is really nice and fresh. My mum and my aunties have been making htis for years. But i am sure in beirut you can find some absolutely delicioius ones! ANywhere fromt he street is goingt o be perfect. Enjoy !

Ukinana said...

yummmmmmmmmm babe u r killing me!!!