Plant-based heaven: falafel with a basil tahini sauce! I tested out the perf falafel recipe so you don’t have to! drizzle on a sauce made of fresh basil, tahini, Califia Farms unsweetened creamer + more. I paired the falafel with a quick Israeli salad & pita bread; prepare however you loove but drizzle on some extra sauce forsure. full recipe below!
Plant-Based Falafel with Basil Tahini Dressing
- 1 cup dried and soaked overnight garbanzo beans
- 1⁄2 white onion
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 T flour
- 1⁄2 cup cilantro
- 1⁄4 cup mint
- 1⁄2 cup parsley
- 1⁄2 lemon
- 1 tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper to taste
Basil Tahini Sauce
- 1/4th cup Califia Unsweetened Creamer
- 1 cup basil
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 lemon juice
- 1 1⁄2 T tahini
- 1/3rd cup water (less or more depending on consistency you want)
- 2 cups vegetable oil for frying (feel free to also bake in the oven instead)
The night before, take 1 cup of chickpeas and soak in water overnight. TIP! They will triple in size, but you will use 1 cup of overnight SOAKED chickpeas, so you will have leftover soaked chickpeas.
Next, make your sauce by bleeding up basil, garlic cloves, pepper, cumin, salt, lemon juice, tahini, water and your creamer. Blend until a dressing forms. Add more water if its too thick.
In a food processor, take your soaked chickpeas and pulse a few times until a nut-like form is created. TIP: It’s important to PULSE and not to blend.
Next, slowly start adding the rest of your ingredients in the food processor; onions, garlic cloves, salt, baking powder, flour, cilantro, mint, parsley, lemon cayenne, cumin, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste.
Continue to pulse all the ingredients until a thick and chunky mixture is formed. You don’t want your mixture completely blended.
Next, take your hands and form balls gently. Heat up your vegetable oil in a deep dish and fry your falafel until crispy on the outside and cooked in the center (about 6-10 minutes). Set aide of paper towels until ready to serve.
Enjoy and serve with pita bread, your basil tahini and israeli salad!
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