This was really good! Here are the changes I made to the recipe:
Add 2 garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp of coriander, and 1/4 tsp red chili powder to falafel mix. Add lemon zest and salt to yogurt. Toss arugula with sauce and serve cucumber on the side (rather than in the yogurt sauce) dressed with rice wine vinegar and a pinch of salt.
After reading reviews about this being bland, I added seasoning salt, cilantro and garlic and I still thought it was bland. The yogurt dressing tasted like it was missing something. Although these were really easy to make, I probably wouldn't make this again.
I changed it up quite a bit, and loved my end result. I eyeballed all my additions to taste. I added dill weed, chili parsley flakes (I like it on the spicier side), a garlic clove and pepper flakes. I used about 1 1/2 slices of bread, and I left it quite a bit chunky rather than well blended. To keep the patties from breaking up, I made them a lot smaller and ended up with a bunch of tinier servings, with got eaten up anyways. Instead of making my own cucumber dip, I bought Otria cucumber dill yogurt dip. Delicious.
What a disaster!! The other reviewers are so right about it being bland, even though I added double the spices plus garlic. They also fell apart in the pan, the only way they would have stayed together would be if you deep fried them. Don't bother with this one.
I thought this recipe was pretty awesome. My meat-loving husband asked me to make it again before the dishes were even cleaned up. We both went back for seconds. My 3 year old and 13 month old loved it. I noticed some of the unimpressed reviews and added parsley to next batch I made. It didn't make that big of a difference to me. My patties stayed together fine. I didn't pulverize the mixture in my food processor- it was still chunky, and therefore had a nice texture. The cucumber-yogurt dressing was good too. I will definitely be making this again.
These were nothing compared to real falafel. They tasted ok, found them lacking a bit of flavor. The patties fell apart and we sirtied way more dishes than it was worth. We are not making this particular recipe again. I will try other falafel recipes from this site.
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