Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern dish that has gained international recognition for its delicious flavor and versatility. One of the standout features of falafel is its rich texture and hearty, almost nutty taste. The outer layer is crispy and golden brown, providing a satisfying crunch, while the inside remains moist and tender. The combination of chickpeas with aromatic herbs like parsley, cilantro and spices such as cumin and coriander creates a unique and savory flavor profile that is enjoyed by many.
Falafel is often served on pita bread, accompanied by a variety of fresh vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers. It is usually topped with tangy sauces like tahini (made from sesame seeds) and yogurt-based tzatziki dressing, which adds a burst of flavor and complements the falafel perfectly.
Tzatziki sauce is a delightful and refreshing condiment hailing from the Mediterranean region, particularly popular in Greek cuisine. This creamy and tangy sauce is made from Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, and a medley of herbs and spices. The smooth texture and vibrant flavors of Tzatziki make it a versatile and beloved accompaniment to many dishes. (And it’s sooo easy!!)
Falafel with Tzatziki can be enjoyed on its own or as an appetizer, added to salads, or served as part of a mezze platter, making it perfect for any time of day!
We hope you enjoy it soon! This recipe makes approximately 24 falafel.
just better.®️ Falafel Recipe:
2 Cans (15 ounces each) of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
½ Cup chopped onion
4 to 6 Cloves Garlic - minced
¼ Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley
¼ Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
1 Teaspoon Ground Coriander
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
6 Tablespoons just better.® fiber powder (Main binding ingredient)
3 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour (May be necessary for binding)
Avocado Oil for frying
In a food processor, combine the canned chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, cumin, coriander, salt, black pepper, and baking powder. Pulse until the mixture is well combined but still slightly chunky.
Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and add the just better.® fiber powder. Mix well to incorporate the fiber evenly into the falafel mixture. If the mixture feels too loose, you can add 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour to bind it together.
Cover the mixture and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. This will allow the flavors to meld and the mixture to firm up.
After the resting time, shape the mixture into small balls, about the size of a golf ball, and flatten them slightly to form patties.
Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Carefully place the falafel patties into the hot oil, cooking them in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.
Fry the falafel patties for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown and crispy. Once cooked, transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil.
Alternatively, you can bake them! Here’s how…
Instructions for Baking:
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it with avocado oil.
Shape the falafel mixture into small balls and slightly flatten into patties and place them on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
Lightly brush each falafel with avocado oil to help them brown and crisp up in the oven.
Bake the falafel for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and firm, flipping them halfway through to ensure even cooking.
Once baked, your falafel will have a slightly softer texture compared to the fried version but will still be flavorful and delicious.
Alternatively, this recipe works GREAT in an air fryer too!
Pre-heat to about 375° (May vary depending on your machine.)
Space out the falafel to avoid overcrowding and cook in batches.
Cook the falafel in the air fryer for about 12-15 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time until they are golden brown and crispy.
Once air-fried, your falafel will have a crispy exterior and a tender interior.
Have extra? Throw them in the freezer! It’s a good idea to ALWAYS have a Plan B or backup meal for those days when “life happens,” and there’s just no time for meal prep planning.
Whether used as a dip, a dressing, or a condiment, Tzatziki sauce adds a zesty and cooling element to any dish. It brings a touch of Mediterranean flair to your meals, enhancing their flavors and providing a delightful contrast. With its creamy texture, vibrant taste, and nutritional advantages, Tzatziki sauce has become a beloved staple for meal planners everywhere!
Here’s how to make this simple and flavorful dressing:
1 Cup Greek Yogurt
½ Cucumber, grated and squeezed to remove excess moisture
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
½ Tablespoon Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Dill
1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Mint (optional)
½ Teaspoon Sea Salt (or to taste)
¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper
4 Tablespoons just better.® fiber powder
In a mixing bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, minced garlic, lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, chopped dill, chopped mint (if using), salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
Add 4 tablespoons of just better.® fiber powder to the Tzatziki mixture. Stir until the fiber powder is fully incorporated. The fiber powder will help increase the fiber content of the Tzatziki without altering its taste or texture. In fact, just better.® will make your tzatziki sauce taste even BETTER and smoother!
Taste the Tzatziki and adjust the seasoning if needed according to your preference.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate the Tzatziki for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to incorporate and blend together.
Before serving, give the tzatziki a good stir. You can garnish it with a sprinkle of fresh herbs, such as dill or mint, for an extra touch of freshness.