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Falafel

Serves 4
Time 35 min
Adding fresh herbs and onion to a falafel mix boosts flavor for any easy-to-prepare meal for a group.
Special Diets:
Ingredients
  • Falafel
  • 1 (10-ounce) package falafel mix
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 yellow onion grated
  • Vegetable oil for frying (omit if baking falafel)
  • Tahini Yogurt Sauce
  • 1 cup whole milk plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Serving
  • 4 pita breads
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1 medium cucumber thinly sliced
Method

For the falafel, add water to falafel mix according to package instructions. Stir in parsley and onion. Let sit for 10 minutes. Roll tablespoons of the mixture into balls. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet to a depth of about 1/4 inch, until oil sizzles when a drop of water hits its surface. Add falafel and brown on all sides, 4 to 6 minutes, turning occasionally.

Alternatively, to bake the falafel, preheat the oven to 400°F. Place falafel balls on a lightly-oiled baking sheet. Brush them with oil and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Turn them and bake 8 to 10 minutes longer, until browned.

Meanwhile, make the tahini yogurt sauce by whisking together yogurt, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Thin with water to obtain a smooth sauce.

Serve warm falafel with sauce, warm pita bread, lettuce, tomato and cucumber.

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • Falafel
  • 1 (10-ounce) package falafel mix
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 yellow onion grated
  • Vegetable oil for frying (omit if baking falafel)
  • Tahini Yogurt Sauce
  • 1 cup whole milk plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Serving
  • 4 pita breads
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1 medium cucumber thinly sliced