Monday, June 16, 2014

Sous Chef: Falafel Pitas with Yogurt Sauce

Falafel with yogurt sauce - click the picture to pin!

My favorite New York City street food was falafel, but I've never tried to make it. Recently I decided to whip some up from scratch.

The pin here is NOT the recipe I used for the falafel itself - that one is lost to time and space, and it's a good thing because it didn't work. It called for a can of mashed chickpeas and some spices, mixed up and made into patties. Well, friends, mashed up chickpeas do not make patties - they just fall apart. So I improvised, and added an egg, and some flour, and got some patties and fried them up and they were fine. I think next time I will try this falafel recipe.

I did make the yogurt sauce here, though - I know tahini is traditional, but I hate tahini sauce, so I tried this. It was super simple, and pretty good, except it was awfully sweet - that's when I realized I had bought VANILLA yogurt instead of plain. Oops! (In my defense, it was a bad container design - the lid of the container does not say vanilla, it's only on the front - and the way yogurt is presented in my store and my fridge, I only ever see the top!)

We had falafel in pita sandwiches with lettuce, tomato, and red onion. I'll try it again, but this time with plain yogurt!

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