Fabulous Falafel Gyro with Tahini Sauce
- 1 15-19 oz. can chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained (you could also soak your own)
- 1/2 med. white onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 Tbs. parsley, chopped
- 2-3 Tbs. all purpose flour
- 2 tsp. cumin
- 3/4 tsp. baking powder
- salt and pepper
- 2-3 Tbs. olive oil
- Tahini Sauce:
- 1/2 C. tahini (sesame seed paste)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 2 1/2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1/4 C. lemon juice
- 2 tsp. parsley, finely chopped
- 2 tsp. cilantro, finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. warm water
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and drizzling the oil evenly in a shallow baking pan (we used a small glass baking pan/casserole dish).
Next, mash the chickpeas/garbanzo beans. You may use a mortar and pestle or a food processor but we have neither. So we used a spoon, potato masher, and our blender. This requires more work and depending on your blender it might mean doing it in a couple of batches to make sure the chunks of chickpeas/garbanzo beans are gone.
Add onions and garlic and blend some more.
Mix in the rest of the ingredients and you should get a thick paste-like consistency. Spoon out the mixture and roll (using your hands) into walnut size balls and place in preheated baking dish. Flatten the falafel a little. Bake for 15-20 minutes, flip the falafel halfway through baking.Tahini Sauce:
You may use food processor or mortar and pestle to combine garlic and tahini but we just used our blender. Add salt, parsley, cilantro, and cumin to the mixture. Next, add olive oil, lemon juice, and water. If the mixture is too thick, slowly add more warm water until you get the thickness that you like.To assemble:
Take your favorite pita bread and top it with your favorite toppings (lettuce, tomatoes, onions, etc.). Add the falafel and tahini sauce. Add hot sauce too if desired.