Falafel with Matcha Tahini Sauce

By Madison Surdyke, HCTP May 2018

These avocado oil–fried chickpea balls are insanely flavorful and paired with a creamy, lick-all-your-fingers good, matcha tahini sauce. Stop everything you are doing and get the ingredients for this recipe now.


For the falafel:

  • 3 diced garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons mint, tightly packed
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, tightly packed
  • 1/4 cup parsley, tightly packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • avocado oil, for frying

For the matcha tahini sauce:

  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


For the falafel:

  1. Combine all ingredients except chickpeas, flour, and oil in a food processor. Pulse in 5-second increments until everything breaks down into very small pieces.
  2. Add chickpeas and pulse in 5-second increments, scraping down the sides between each.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and gently mix in flour until just combined.
  4. Roll into balls.
  5. Put about an inch of oil in a deep pan and heat on medium to high. Once hot, add falafel balls. Cook on each side for about 3 minutes (until browned and crispy).
  6. Once done, transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel.
  7. Serve with matcha tahini sauce.

For the matcha tahini sauce:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth and creamy.

Madison Surdyke is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, a food photographer, and a recipe developer who’s passionate about helping women make peace with food and their bodies while discovering their own definitions of health. Her goal is to release women from the prison of dieting, food rules, and body shame and help them cultivate relaxed, joyful relationships with food, movement, and their bodies. She shows women how to reclaim their freedom in life and discover their true purpose once they are no longer controlled by thoughts about food and their body. Her ultimate mission is to inspire women to heal themselves from within and develop the self-love, confidence, and space to create the life of their dreams. Check out her website or find her on Instagram!

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