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Baked Falafel And Tzatziki Sauce

Baked Falafel and Tzatziki Sauce is a Mediterranean delight that will transport your taste buds to the shores of Greece. This healthy and flavorful dish combines crispy baked falafel with a cool and creamy tzatziki sauce for a match made in culinary heaven.

Tasty Team
May 04, 2023
88% would make again
Baked Falafel And Tzatziki Sauce

Ingredients

for 16 falafels

  • 2 ½ cups dried chickpeas (500 g)
  • 8 cups water (2 L)
  • ½ bunch fresh parsley
  • ¼ bunch fresh cilantro
  • ¼ bunch fresh mint
  • 5 cloves garlic, halved
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • olive oil, as needed

Tzatziki

  • 1 cucumber, peeled
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 ¼ cups plain full-fat greek yogurt (305 g)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pepper, to taste

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 156
  • Fat 4g
  • Carbs 22g
  • Fiber 4g
  • Sugar 6g
  • Protein 7g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. Soak the chickpeas in the water overnight, ensuring that they are fully submerged.
  2. Drain the chickpeas in a colander. Line a baking sheet with paper towels and spread out the chickpeas. Cover with more paper towels and let dry for at least 2 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180 °C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Add the dried chickpeas, parsley, cilantro, coriander, mint, garlic, onion, paprika, cumin, ground coriander, baking soda, toasted sesame seeds, salt, and pepper to a blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Use your hands to shape the falafel into balls the size of ping pong balls. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Brush the falafel with olive oil, then bake for 25-30 minutes, until browned.
  7. Make the tzatziki: Peel and quarter the cucumber and remove the seeds. Grate the cucumber on the large holes of a box grater into a medium bowl. Sprinkle with salt and let sit for 5 minutes.
  8. Transfer the salted cucumber to a sieve and press down with a spatula to remove excess liquid.
  9. Transfer the drained cucumber to a clean bowl, along with the Greek yogurt, mint, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  10. Serve the falafel with the tzatziki.
  11. Enjoy!
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Baked Falafel And Tzatziki Sauce