Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fruity Falafel Tacos

I really didn't feel like having any meat tonight, so I decided to make something with beans as beans are also a source of protein. I decided to make falafels, since they're quite easy to make and are delicious, because they are fried. A trip to the supermarket also yielded delicious red grapes, and we have a ton of tacos (both soft and hard tacos), and all sorts of organic veggies we got from the farmers market, and so I decided to put all these together. So, yes, we've got the fusion Mediterranean-Mexican thing going on, but it was so light and delicious, and an experiment gone right!

There are three parts to the meal - the grape salsa, falafels and the vanilla yoghurt sauce, which I also made. It seems like strange mix of things going on, but it really does taste delicious. Here goes!

Ingredients for Grape Salsa:

  • 1/2 cup red seedless grapes
  • 1/4 green pepper
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1/2 heirloom tomato
  • 1/4 seedless cucumber
  • 1/3 blood orange
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Dice the green pepper, small onion, heirloom tomato and cucumber, and put them in a large bowl. Halve the grapes and add them to the bowl. Mince the garlic and add it to the bowl too.

  • Squeeze the juice of 1/3 of a blood orange and add salt and pepper to taste.

grape salsa - done!

Ingredients for Falafel

  • 16oz can of chick peas/garbanzo beans
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons flour


  • Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend everything together. The result should be a paste-like consistency.

  • Using a spoon, scoop up the falafel mixture and fry on medium-high in an oiled skillet. Flip the falafel after a minute and a half, and brown the other side.

  • When the other side is browned, remove falafel and place on a plate lined with a kitchen towel.

Ingredients for Vanilla Yoghurt Sauce

  • 3oz low fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 2 mint (or basil) leaves (chopped)
  • squirt of lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add vanilla yogurt to a small bowl. Finely mince the 1/4 cucumber and add to vanilla yogurt. Add some chopped mint or basil.Squirt some lemon juice to the mixture and add salt and pepper to taste. 

  • Mix everything together into a sauce consistency.

  • Finally, put everything together.
  • Lay out the soft taco (or hard taco, if you like those better) on a plate. Put some grape salsa on the taco. Stack two or three falafels on the salsa, and add as much vanilla yogurt sauce as you like. 

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