Best Falafel Recipe Ever

Mmmmm….falafel. I love trying different kinds of foods and try to sample different ethnic restaurants whenever I can. So when a new Greek/Mediterranean restaurant opened up close to my home I had to stop by. My favorite item on the menu is by far their falafel sandwich. It’s not only a great example of how falafel should taste, but it is topped with a delicious cilantro yogurt sauce, lettuce and tomato to make it a mighty fine treat.

Before you prepare, be warned that this food is up there on the no-nos of first date foods as it has many ingredients that, although delicious, will render your breath more suitable for keeping vampires away than kissing. šŸ˜‰

Here is my favorite Falafel with Cilantro Yogurt recipe:

1 cup plain yogurt

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 cup chopped onion

5 large garlic cloves, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 15-oz cans garbanzo (aka chickpeas) beans, drained

3 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup all purpose flour

2 tablespoons ground cumin

1 large egg

olive oil

4 warm pita breads with top third cut off

sliced tomatoes & green lettuce (if desired)

Cilantro Yogurt Preparation

Whisk yogurt, 1/2 cup cilantro, 1/4 cup onion, 1 garlic clove, lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne in medium bowl to blend. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Falafel

Blend garbanzo beans, 3 tablespoons flour, cumin, remaining 1/2 cup cilantro, 4 cloves garlic and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne in food processor until almost smooth. Add egg and remaining 3/4 cup onion and blend until onion is finely chopped. Transfer mixture to bowl and shape into four 1/2-inch-thick patties. Turn patties in remaining 1/2 cup flour to coat on both sides.

Pour enough oil into large skillet to coat bottom of pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add patties and cook until crisp and golden, approx. 8 min. each side. Open pita breads; add one falafel patty, sliced tomato and lettuce. Spoon cilantro yogurt mixture inside pita. Enjoy!

Tip: There’s a new restaurant that’s popping up a lot of places called Maoz. It’s vegetarian and specializes in falafel sandwiches. I’ve eaten here a number of times and have enjoyed it very much. It’s kind of a healthy alternative to fast food – Yum! šŸ™‚

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