Last night I had the pleasure of cooking "family dinner" for our friends and it was a hit. A few folks asked for the recipe, so I thought I'd post it on here. I didn't take any pictures, but you get the idea. It really is an easy recipe, and I tend to like the falafel I make at home a lot better than in restaurants.
Homemade Falafel and Tzatziki1 15 oz. can chickpeas1 handful fresh, flat leaf parsley1/2 white or yellow onion1 small shallot1 clove minced garlic*1 1/2 teaspoons baking powdercuminred peppersaltpepper2 tablespoons all purpose flour (optional)1 cup greek yogurt1/2 cup shredded or pureed cucumber**2 tablespoons lemon juicesaltpeppercuminred pepper* I forgot the baking powder last night and it was fine. They will hold together better though if you add it.** I totally guessed on these quantities. Work based on the flavors and consistencies you are going for.In a food processor combine first 10 ingredients (chickpeas to pepper). Pulse until coarsely chopped and combined. You don't want to make hummus. Heat a couple tablespoons olive or vegetable oil in a sautee pan over medium-high heat. Form chickpea mixture into small patties and if you so desire dredge in a little bit of flour before placing in the heated oil. Brown the patties for about 2 minutes on each side until medium-dark brown. Place on a paper towel to cool.To make the Tzatziki sauce mix yogurt, pureed cucumber, lemon juice, and season to taste. Add yogurt or lemon juice to make it thicker or thinner for your preference. You could also add a little hot sauce if you want.To serve, slice warm pita bread and stuff the pocket with two falafel patties, your choice of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, sprouts, etc. and top with tzatziki. I served it last night with a simple balsamic pasta salad. Enjoy!!!