Every time I go to write a recipe post I think I start it the same way heh. MY FAV...SO GOOD etc. I'm feeling repetitive....I suppose it's because I'm my mothers daughter, and if the apple doesn't fall far from the tree I can say with confidence that any really good meal can in fact be "the best ever"..."no really, THE BEST!!!!". Maybe that's where my excitement about food came from. I really do LOVE falafel. You'll see recipes with dill yogurt type dressings, but I only EVER want this tahini dressing. I'm obsessed. So, let's break this falafel business down...………...
I don't care about rules
I've been making falafel this way for years and years. Purists will say you HAVE to start with dried soaked, uncooked chickpeas. They are correct, that's the authentic way to make falafel. I will try that one of these days...I think...but I have always used canned chickpeas, and I really love the results. The texture is definitely different than the authentic version, but I like it....maybe better??? Simple & flavourful. No matter what anyone says, you're allowed to break the rules in the kitchen. It's your kitchen, and your food and if it works for you then keep on keeping on. I use a bit of baking powder in the mixture to add a bit of lightness to the fritters. Don't leave it out. (this is a rule, please don't break this one haha)
About Tahini Dressing
The tahini dressing is sooo tasty. I honestly put so much of it on my falafel...like every bite needs to be super saucy. I make this ahead of time preferably. It will thicken up in the fridge. You can adjust the consistency by adding a little more water to thin it out, or a bit more tahini to thicken it up. If I'm using it on my salad I like it a bit thinner, in a wrap a bit thicker. So the recipe is a bit loose in that sense, so don't freak out if you have to adjust the consistency. If you like extra heat you could add a bit of sambal oelek to the dressing. It's my favourite chili paste and I use it in everything.
Not going to lie this pita wrap situation? I just piled on loads of veggies, loads of sauce, and ate it with a knife and fork. Works for me! But just make about 3 falafel patties per pita, handful of chopped tomatoes, cucumber, some fresh lettuce, a bit of onion, and PLENTY of sauce.
You can also make a fun buddha bowl! It's basically a salad. Just load in spinach, greens, maybe some roasted sweet potato, tomato, cucumber, some pickled onions and olives would be nice. How about pita chips too? Then of course falafel and ALL the tahini dressing (pictured below)
Green Lettuce Tacos
ANOTHER variation, is to make lettuce wrap tacos with some frilly green lettuce. I actually LOVE it this way, but sadly didn't snap a picture because it was a late night with wine snack. Just use the lettuce as your taco shell. Chopped tomato, cucumber, falafel & sauce. Done!!
No matter what variation I make, I Iike to sprinkle za'atar on top, fresh cilantro, and then a squeeze of fresh lemon over everything.
Now for the recipes!!!
Recipes: Falafel & Tahini Dressing
You can see how I make them in my latest YouTube Video!!! Love it soooo much.
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