Sunday, December 9, 2012

Falafels with Quinoa Tabbouleh and Tahini Dressing

I haven’t always had successes with unfamiliar foreign cuisine, but this meal turned out pretty good. The falafels were moister on the inside than the falafels I’ve had from the halal truck I go to for lunch. I would assume they use a mix? I’m not enough of an expert on the subject, so maybe I’m wrong.

1 cup dried chickpeas
½ large white onion, chopped (1 cup)
4 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 thai chili, diced
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon baking powder
4-6 tablespoons flour (I ended up using 6)


Soak chickpeas in cold water overnight. Drain, and add to a food processor along with the onion, parsley, salt, pepper, garlic, cumin, and coriander. Pulse until blended but not pureed. Sprinkle the baking powder and 4 tablespoons of flour on top and pulse. You should be able to grab a piece of dough, form it into a ball, and not have it stick to your hand. Add another tablespoon or two of flour if need be. 

Form the dough into 12 golf-ball sized balls. Refrigerate for several hours, or overnight. Or, if you don’t have several hours, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet, freeze for one hour, than place in a bowl in the fridge for another hour.

Heat 3 inches of canola oil to 375°F. Add half the falafels and fry until golden brown, turning halfway. It should only take a few minutes. Remove and place on a baking tray lined with paper towels to sop up the excess oil.

Tahini Dressing:
¼ cup tahini paste
¼ cup greek yogurt
2 tablespoons water
1 clove garlic
Pinch salt
Pinch paprika


Place everything in a small food processor and give it a whirl. Add a little more water if the consistency isn’t creamy enough.

Quinoa Tabbouleh (from:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups chicken stock (sub with vegetable stock if you prefer)
½ large cucumber
1 thai chili, minced
2 small tomatoes (or 1 large)
2/3 cup chopped parsley
2 scallions, sliced thin
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic
Salt and pepper


Rinse the quinoa well. Even if the package says its no-rinse quinoa, rinse it anyway. Bring stock up to a boil, add salt and dump in your quinoa. Quinoa doesn’t have much flavor on its own, so it’s always a good idea to cook it in some sort of flavorful liquid, or at least toss in a bouillon cube. Anyway, let the quinoa simmer for 15 minutes, until spiral thingies have formed around the grains. Drain and fluff. Let cool. This step can be done well in advance.

With the quinoa cooled, add the Thai chili, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, and scallions. Season with some salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, squeeze out the lemon juice and add the garlic. Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking to emulsify. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the quinoa.


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