Falafels with Cilantro Tzatziki

Photography, Foodivine Studio/c.

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Total time 12 hours & 40 minutes
  • Portion size 8 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: March 2023



Place chickpeas in large bowl and cover with water at least 2 inches above chickpeas. Let stand 12 hours.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Drain chickpeas well and transfer to bowl of food processor. Add green onions, par­sley, cilantro, sesame seeds, chickpea flour, tahini, mint, salt, spices and garlic; pulse until mixture reaches consistency of sand.

With wet hands, shape mixture into 2 tbsp balls. Place balls on prepared baking sheet; flatten slightly and brush with olive oil. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Serve with Cilantro Tzatziki. (Make-ahead: Can be stored in airtight container and refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.)

Cilantro Tzatziki

Grate half an English cucumber; wrap in clean tea towel, then squeeze to remove excess liquid. Place cucumber in bowl, sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt; stir gently. Let stand 30 minutes; discard liquid. In bowl, com­bine cucumber with 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp tahini, 1 tsp liquid honey, grated zest and juice of 1 lemon, and 1 clove garlic, finely chopped. Stir in 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro. Season with salt, if desired, and pepper. (Make-ahead: Can be stored in airtight container and refrig-erated for up to 3 days.) Makes about 2 cups.

Test kitchen tip

For a quicker version, replace the dried chickpeas with two 540 ml cans chickpeas, rinsed, drained and patted dry.

Nutritional facts PER 3 falafels (WITH 1/4 CUP Cilantro Tzatziki)

  • Iron 3.6 mg
  • Fibre 7 g
  • Sodium 515 mg
  • Sugars 8 g
  • Protein 15 g
  • Calories 280
  • Total fat 10 g
  • Cholesterol 2 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 33 g
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Falafels with Cilantro Tzatziki