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Baked Green Peas Falafel with Vegan Tzatziki + review Magimix food processor

These baked green peas falafel with vegan tzatziki sauce is a traditional recipe with a delicious twist. These falafel balls are so flavorful and the freshness of the tzatziki is the perfect addition to this recipe.

Baked Green Peas Falafel with Vegan Tzatziki

Today’s post is both practical and delicious! This oil-free baked falafel recipe with vegan tzatziki sauce is a delicious and not too complicated recipe. This week I also welcomed a new food processor in my kitchen and will tell you all about it as well.

If you normally only buy falafel or order falafel in a restaurant, I invite you to try this baked falafel recipe. With a good  piece of equipment it’s ridiculously fast and easy to make. From the falafel to the tzatziki, a good food processor will cut and prepare your baked falafel and tzatziki like in a restaurant. So let me tell you a bit more about my new piece of kitchen equipment if you don’t mind? I’m pretty excited about this Magimix food processor.

Baked Green Peas Falafel with Vegan Tzatziki

Last December I sold my old food processor. One I had for several years, but honestly didn’t do such a great job. The machine was noisy and became warm too. In my quest for a new one I kept reading about the Magimix. The Magimix Compact 3200 XL to be precise. After testing out a variety of recipes it’s safe to say that this machine delivers great value for money. This food processor comes with:

  • 3 bowls. The mini bowl comes with its own blade to cut small food. The midi bowl is for slicing and grating, so that one is great for salads. And the main bowl is for whisking, dough making, smoothies, soups, purees and so on. Just any food processing job you can think of.
  • Several different high quality blades are also included for cutting, whipping, kneading and blending.
  • You’ll also get 4 different slicing discs.

Pros

  • The Magimix Compact 3200 XL is professional yet very easy to use. There is an auto speed setting, a pulse and a stop button. It can’t get any easier than that.
  • The egg whisk is perfect for vegan egg replacements such as aquafaba. Such a pleasure to work with!
  • The XL feed tube is extra wide and can slice very easily large veggies like a big tomato, a potato, and apples.
  • The Magimix comes with BPA-free plastic bowls.
  • You will also get a BlenderMix attachment which improves the blending capabilities and basically turns this food processor into a blender.
  • This food processor also comes with a storage box for all the accessories to keep things organized and in one place.
  • The motor is super powerful (30 years guarantee), yet quite.
  • The entire look and feel of the machine is very professional, minimal and to be honest just very attractive.

Cons

  • Maybe the price? I have tried many cheaper versions though and they have proven to be a waste of time, money and energy.
  • The container and lid slide in from left to right instead of from right to left. It took me 15 minutes to figure that out and I almost broke the machine trying to fit it in the wrong direction. After using it a few times my brain got used to it though.
  • When you use the small bowl, you will also need to place the other bowls on the food processor first. And sometimes you’ll also need to rinse those after using the small bowl. Especially if you overflow the mini bowl.

Baked Green Peas Falafel with Vegan Tzatziki

All in all, I’m super happy with the Magimix Compact 3200 XL. I’m already so much used to using this machine that I wonder how I was ever able to create recipes without it. So far I have been using the food processor for cutting vegetables, to make energy balls, hummus, cutting big amounts of herbs, soups and I’m also testing out new bread- and pizza recipes. One recipe that I entirely make from scratch with this food processor are these baked falafel balls with vegan tzatziki sauce. For the falafel I used the big bowl. Then I used the smallest bowl for cutting the dill and garlic. Finally, I used the finest slicing disc to grate the cucumber.

Baked Green Peas Falafel with Vegan Tzatziki

These baked falafel balls are so versatile. They serve as a snack, lunch, dinner, side dish, appetizer… In a typical Mediterranean style restaurant you will probably be able to order falafel. A traditional recipe will serve you little fried balls made with a mix of chickpeas and herbs. The additions and variations on that recipe is what makes this recipe so delicious. The version I’m sharing today is not fried (in fact I don’t use oil in this recipe) and it’s loaded with flavor and texture.

I wanted my baked falafel recipe to be different! And that’s where my red pepper flakes, soy sauce, garam masala and green peas for example come into play.

The vegan tzatziki sauce is a must. The garlic, fresh dill and cucumber is such a game changer. My advice is to serve this falafel recipe with a lot of tzaziki. Since it’s a vegan tzatziki this sauce is light and fresh and such a great combination with the falafel.

To make the falafel, you’ll need a food processor. A blender might work but it will probably become too smooth. You will need to grind the ingredients and not blend them. I only used the automatic button for 4 seconds and then pulsed 2-3 times. After that, you’ll only need to roll the mixture into balls, place in a preheated oven, and you’re done.

Meanwhile I prepare the tzatziki sauce which is as easy as washing the dill and cucumber and let the machine do all the work. When serving the baked falafel balls with tzatziki sauce you can use fresh cucumber, pickles, chilies, fresh dill, spicy jalapeño sauce or lime juice.

It wasn’t easy to shoot this recipe without constantly taking a bite or two… Do you own a good food processor or are you still on the hunt? Are you a falafel lover? Let me know in the comment section below or let’s connect on Instagam or Facebook.

Baked Green Peas Falafel with Vegan Tzatziki

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Baked Green Peas Falafel with Vegan Tzatziki

Baked Green Peas Falafel with Vegan Tzatziki + Magimix food processor review

  • Author: The Green Creator
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: depending on the size of the falafel balls (about 4-6 servings)
  • Category: snack, lunch, dinner, side
  • Cuisine: mediterranean, vegan, dairyfree, vegetarian, plant-based, Greek-Inspired

Description

These baked green peas falafel with vegan tzatziki sauce is a traditional recipe with a delicious twist. These falafel balls are so flavorful and the freshness of the tzatziki is the perfect addition to this recipe.


Scale

Ingredients

  • {FALAFEL INGREDIENTS}
  • ½ cup / 50 gr frozen green peas
  • 1 can / 220 gr chickpeas, drained + rinsed
  • ½ cup / 50 gr oat flour– you can use any other (gluten-free) flour
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 2 handfuls of fresh parsley
  • tbs tahini
  • 1tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp ginger powder
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 1 tsp balsamic
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • optional: gluten-free bread, naan or pita bread for serving and toppings such as cucumber and fresh herbs
  • {TZAZIKI INGREDIENTS}
  • 1/2 large cucumber (peeled + finely grated)
  • 6 tbsp / 250 ml soy yoghurt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • one bunch of fresh dill, about 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh dill
  • a pinch each salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp lemon- or lime juice

Instructions

  1. Rinse and drain the chickpeas.
  2. Place chickpeas in a food processor along with the rest of the falafel ingredients. Blend until you have a firm batter that is slightly grainy. Blend for a few seconds and then pulse a few times. This depends on the food processor you are using.
  3. Roll the dough into rounded teaspoon size balls and place in a preheated oven at 220 Celsius degrees (430°F) for about 15-20 minutes. Flip the falafel and bake for another 5 minutes until crispy and golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile finely grate cucumber. I used the smallest grating disc. Then place in a fine-mesh strainer set over a small mixing bowl or transfer to a nut milk bag and squeeze out excess moisture. Finley chop the dill and garlic. I used the smallest cutting bowl for this. Add all other ingredients for the tzatziki and whisk until well incorporated.
  5. Taste and adjust flavor as needed. Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator for about 5 days (depending on freshness of yogurt).
  6. To assemble, spread each piece of (pita) bread with the tzatziki sauce, top with the falafel balls, fresh herbs, cucumber and more spices if you like such as a chili pepper.


Notes

The falafels can be baked and kept in the fridge for easy lunches and dinners.They are good reheated. The tzaziki will keep for about 5 days depending on the freshness of the yogurt.

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This article was created in collaboration with Magimix. All text, photos and opinions are 100% my own.

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