Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce

If you like falafel, you MUST try this recipe. Most of the times I have ordered this out somewhere, it has been disappointing. Either the flavors are just bland or it has been overcooked.

In this recipe, I used a BUNCH of spices that give it fantastic flavor. Get some good pita or flat bread, make some tzatziki sauce and try my falafel.

Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce

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By Patrick Dulmage Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes

Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce


  • Falafel:
  • 1 can Garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, rough chop
  • 1/2 cup parsley, rough chop
  • 1 Tbsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 small onion, rough chop
  • 3 scallions, rough chop
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp dry ground ginger (or fresh)
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Oil for frying
  • Pita or Flatbread
  • Lettuce, chopped
  • Tzatziki Sauce:
  • 1 pint Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 English cucumber, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp vinegar, Champagne or white
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp dill
  • pinch of fresh black pepper



In a food processor, pour in the garbanzo beans, spices, garlic, cilantro, parsley, egg, lemon zest and juice.


Pulse until combined. You will need to scrape down the sides periodically.


Add the flour and baking powder, pulse until combined.


Put the mixture in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.


Preheat the oil in a cast iron pan.


Form the falafel balls and gently drop into the oil. (I used a small ice cream scoop and it was SO much easier than using spoons)


Turn the falafel as they cook to make sure they cook evenly on all sides.


Once finished cooking, remove to a plate lined with paper towels.


Tzatziki Sauce:


Put the yogurt in a small colander lined with a tea towel or paper towel over another bowl and let the yogurt give off some moisture. Put in the fridge for 3-4 hours

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