Falafel with Cashew Tzatziki

Creating a delicious Falafel with Cashew Tzatziki, blending the rich flavors of Middle Eastern cuisine with the creamy, tangy twist of a dairy-free tzatziki sauce.
  1. Preparation Time: 10 minutes (excluding soaking time)
  2. cooking times: 15 minutes
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Falafel Ingredients:

  • 400g canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 30g fresh parsley, chopped
  • 15g fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp plain flour (or chickpea flour for gluten-free option)
  • Rapeseed or vegetable oil, for frying

Cashew Tzatziki Ingredients:

  • 150g raw cashews, soaked for 4 hours or overnight, then drained
  • 120ml water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cucumber, grated and squeezed to remove excess liquid
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Falafel:

    1. Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    2. Cooking Time: 10 minutes
    3. Combine chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, coriander, cumin, ground coriander, cayenne pepper, salt, and flour in a food processor. Pulse until mixture is well combined but still has a bit of texture.
    4. Form the mixture into small patties, about 1.5 inches in diameter.
    5. Heat a generous amount of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Fry the falafel patties in batches, turning once, until golden and crispy, about 4-5 minutes each side.
    6. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain excess oil.

    Cashew Tzatziki:

    1. Preparation Time: 10 minutes (excluding soaking time)
    2. Blend soaked cashews, water, lemon juice, and garlic in a high-speed blender until smooth.
    3. Stir in the grated cucumber and dill. Season with salt to taste.
    4. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Per serving
  • Calories: Approximately 350 kcal
  • Protein: 13g
  • Fat: 18g (with 3g of saturated fat from the cashews)
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sugars: 7g

In this recipe:

This dish is perfect for anyone looking for a plant-based meal that doesn’t skimp on flavour. This recipe offers a wonderful blend of protein, fibre, and healthy fats, making it not only a flavorful choice but also a nutritious one. The cashew tzatziki provides a creamy, tangy complement to the spicy, hearty falafels. Perfect for a main dish or a side.

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