Berbere-Spiced Falafels with Yoghurt & Tahini Sauce
1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
1 cup dried split green peas, soaked overnight
1 red onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
½ cup coriander, roughly chopped
½ cup mint leaves, roughly chopped
1 tsp baking powder
¼ cup water
Canola oil, for frying
1 cup natural yoghurt
3 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
Juice of 1 lemon
How to Cook
1. Drain the chickpeas and beans, then rinse under fresh water, transfer to a food processor and pulse briefly (20 sec or until the beans and peas are roughly chopped). Add the onion, garlic, herbs (keeping a small amount for garnishing), baking powder, 1 tbsp of Berbere (saving the rest for later) and a large pinch of salt. Pulse in intervals of roughly 20 seconds, scraping down the sides each time, continue until you have a consistent, coarse paste.
2. Add the water and process until it just comes together. Using two spoons, form the paste into balls or quenelles and place on a tray. If the first ball does not hold its shape and crumbles at all, return to food processor and add a little more water. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, combine the yoghurt, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, and remaining 1 teaspoon of Berbere with a pinch of salt until smooth. Pour into a serving dish and top with remaining chopped herbs.
4. In a large, heavy based pan, heat to 180ºC enough canola oil to shallow-fry the falafels in batches until golden brown on all sides. Drain on kitchen paper and sprinkle with a little salt.
Serve alongside the yoghurt dip.