Baked Falafel Latkes with Tahini Sauce

December 5, 2018

Author Notes: A classic dish from Israeli cuisine, the falafel, hits all the right senses with its unique flavor profile and Middle Eastern flare. Because it is a tried and true favorite, I decided to shake up the recipe a bit to create a healthier and more festive Chanukah feel. Both a high fiber and high protein option versus the classic potato latkes, this modification will become your new favorite. (And because it’s Chanukah, the holiday that celebrates oil, you can pan-fry in a skillet with a few tablespoons of avocado oil instead of baking, about 6 minutes on each side.)

Falafel recipe excerpted from Secrets of a Kosher Girl, and tahini sauce excerpted from Living a Real Life with Real Food, both by Beth Warren, RD.
Beth Warren

Makes: 15 falafel latkes
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min

Ingredients

Falafel Latkes

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh chickpeas, soaked, or 1 (15-ounce) BPA-free can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons chickpea flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small carrot, chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

Tahini Sauce

  • 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 lemons, juiced (3 if your lemons aren't super-juicy)
  • 1/2 cup tahini paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
In This Recipe

Directions

Falafel Latkes

  1. Combine chia seeds in a bowl and add the 3 tablespoons of water. Set aside until it forms a gel.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Combine the chickpeas, onion, garlic, chickpea flour, cumin, coriander, olive oil, salt and pepper, parsley, and carrot. Pulse in a food processor until the mixture is well combined and smooth.
  4. Scoop about 2 heaping tablespoons of the chickpea mixture and form into a flat patty (like a latke shape). Repeat until 15 latkes are formed.
  5. Bake about 20 to 30 minutes or until the falafel latkes are lightly browned on the bottom and golden on top.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool and harden.
  7. Serve with 2 tablespoons of tahini sauce (recipe below).

Tahini Sauce

  1. Puree garlic in a food processor, then add in remaining ingredients. Adjust flavorings to taste. Refrigerate up to 1 week, or freeze in ice cube trays to defrost when you need a quick dipping sauce for snacks.

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