- Serves: 25 small falafels
- Active Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 30 mins - 10 hrs
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Step 1: Preparing Your Mise en Place• 1 1/2 cup raw almonds
• 1/2 cup raw walnuts
• 3 dates, pitted
• 3/4 cup sesame seeds
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
• 1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley
• 2 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
• 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
• 1 1/4 tsp sea salt
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 2 tbsp fresh oregano
To prepare your mise en place, start by soaking the almonds and walnuts. Soak in water for a few hours or overnight.
Once you are ready to make the falafels, finely grind the sesame seeds in a spice grinder or food processor. Next, mince the garlic and finely chop the cilantro, parsley and oregano. Lastly, gather the lemon juice, oil, cumin, and salt. Set everything aside.
Step 2: Preparing the Falafels
To make the falafels, drain the almonds and walnuts and place into a food processor along with the dates. Or if using a juicer with a solid plate is also a great equipment option for a smooth and thick pate. Purée the mixture until it becomes as fine as possible.
Place into a mixing bowl and add your mise en place from above. Using your hands, thoroughly mix the ingredients together.
To form the falafels, place a small scoop into your hand and form into a ball. Press your thumb into the center to form an indent.
For raw falafels, dehydrate them for 3 to 4 hours at 115°F (46°C) or until crisp. For cooked falafels, place into a 250°F (120°C) and cook for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden.
Step 3: Making the Tahini Dressing• 3/4 cup tahini, raw or roasted
• 1 1/4 cup water
• 3 cloves garlic
• 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
• 1 tbsp toasted sesame seed oil
• 2 1/2 tbsp tamari (2 tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp)
• 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
To make the dressing, place everything into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
*Note: This recipe will make more than you need for this dish. Any leftovers will keep for about a week in the refrigerator. This dressing is great on salads, greens, grains or even on potatoes or grilled tofu.
Step 4: Serving the Falafels• 7 or 8 butter lettuce leaves
To serve the falafels, place a few into a lettuce leaf with some of the tahini dressing.
These also go well with Tabouli Salad (see Rouxbe for recipe) and slices of avocado.