3.5
November 26, 2014

Vegan Falafel Patties with Tahini Garlic Sauce. {Recipe}

Mr TinDC/Flickr

My love for Mediterranean food is in its “can’t get enough of you, wanna be with you 24/7” stage, and I am reveling in the glow of falling head over heels.

I still can’t get over the fact that before this year, I had never even tried Falafel, never plunged a forkful of Tourlou Tourlou into my drool-soaked mouth, never delved spoon first into a jar of tahini.

Sure, I’d been a hummus lover for years and have had my share of pita bread, but before I found a local Mediterranean restaurant (and subsequently ate there three times that first week alone…) I never truly experienced the simple, mouthwatering (and not to mention, very vegan-friendly for all you vegans like me out there who struggle hard at most restaurants) concoctions that make up Mediterranean staple foods.

Since I just spent $90 on a blender and Christmas is coming, instead of taking that familiar walk to my favorite restaurant fueled by my anticipation, I decided to make my own falafel to get my Mediterranean fix, while saving a few bucks in the process.

Vegan Falafel Patties with Garlic Tahini Sauce

For the Falafel:

1 can organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1.5 tbsp. olive oil
1 small handful cilantro
1 clove garlic
1 small onion, cut into chunks
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup unbleached white flour

In a food processor or blender, add chickpeas, onion, garlic, cilantro and olive oil. Pulse/blend until mixture is smooth, but remains just a bit chunky. Add cumin, pepper flakes, salt & pepper, adjusting seasonings as you see fit.
Form mixture into roughly 6 patties, and lightly coat each patty in flour. In a saucepan over medium heat, add a bit of olive oil or nonstick spray, and cook the patties for about 3 minutes on each side, so they’re crispy on the outside, and warm on the inside.

For the Tahini Garlic Sauce:

2 tbsp. tahini
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. white vinegar
1 tbsp. water
1 clove garlic, minced
salt & pepper to taste

In a small bowl, whisk together tahini, soy sauce, vinegar and water. Once mixture is smooth, add garlic and spices, adjusting as needed.

Serve your falafel patties in a pita pocket or by themselves and top with some of this savory, tangy sauce and you’ve got yourself a pretty damn good take (maybe even better…) on a restaurant style falafel.

And the best part? It’s healthy, cheap and satisfying—just like homemade meals should be.

 

 

Love elephant and want to go steady?

Sign up for our (curated) daily and weekly newsletters!

Author: Taylor Garritt

Editor: Emily Bartran

Photo: Mr. TinDC/Flickr

Read 1 Comment and Reply
X

Read 1 comment and reply

Top Contributors Latest

Taylor Garritt