Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce

Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce

Main Dish Sandwiches

This is a great recipe for falafel. Everyone that I have made it for loves it. Yum!

Servings per recipe: 4
Calories per serving: 586
Preparation time: 20m
Total cooking time: 1h


  • For Sauce:
  • 1 (6 ounce) container plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber - peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise (optional)
  • For Falafel:
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • oil for frying
  • 2 pita breads, cut in half (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes (optional)


  • 1   In a small bowl combine yogurt, cucumber, dill, salt, pepper and mayonnaise and mix well. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • 2   In a large bowl mash chickpeas until thick and pasty; don't use a blender, as the consistency will be too thin. In a blender, process onion, parsley and garlic until smooth. Stir into mashed chickpeas.
  • 3   In a small bowl combine egg, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, cayenne, lemon juice and baking powder. Stir into chickpea mixture along with olive oil. Slowly add bread crumbs until mixture is not sticky but will hold together; add more or less bread crumbs, as needed. Form 8 balls and then flatten into patties.
  • 4   Heat 1 inch of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry patties in hot oil until brown on both sides. Serve two falafels in each pita half topped with chopped tomatoes and cucumber sauce.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 33.1g 51%
    Saturated Fat 5.0g  
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 1580mg 63%
Potassium 592mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 59.5g 19%
Dietary Fiber 6.7g 27%
Protein 14.7g 29%
Sugars 8g  
Vitamin A 1184IU  
Vitamin C 22mg  
Calcium 272mg  
Iron 5mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 6mg  
Vitamin B6 1mg  
Magnesium 69mg  
Folate 140mcg