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Falafels with spiced sesame cream



  • 400g tin (net 230g) rinsed and drained chickpeas
  • 12g fresh coriander
  • 12g fresh basil leaves
  • 5g fresh sage leaves
  • 1 tbsp light tahini
  • 1/4 tsp fresly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 60g pistachios


  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds (40g)
  • 2 pinches cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast flakes (B12 fortified)
Falafels with spiced sesame cream
08 April, 2015
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

I've relied on these falafels lately so I'm hoping you like them too. Now they do crumble once you cut into them. I've no problem with this as I went for full on taste. I like the crumble effect. If it bothers you be sure fire them into a bread roll you can eat or into lettuce leaves. If you're using the latter try and find baby cos as it works best with this. Otherwise if you're like myself and use your hands, two bites and they're gone. Don't forget to dip into the sesame cream first. I'll be making other sturdier falafels if this type don't rock your boat. 

Makes 10: 

To make the falafels: 

Whizz the pistachios until they are a crumbly flour texture and pour onto a plate.

Whizz all the ingredients, except the pistachios, in a food processor until you get a breadcrumb texture. Scoop out into 10 equal size amounts and shape each into balls. 

Roll the balls, 2 or 3, at a time in the pistachios until coated. 

Fry in a oil on a frying pan until coated each ball have a crispy crust. 

Place in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. 

Serve with rocket and sesame cream

To make the sesame cream:

I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup for this sesame seeds and added them to a high speed blender. Then I used that cup and filled it with water 3 times and added them in with the seeds. Whizz up until you get a smooth creamy texture. 

Pour into a bowl and sprinkle a couple of pinches of cayenne pepper on top and mix through. You can either add in the nutritional yeast flakes at the same time or sprinkle over the top of the falafels once the cream has been added.



Our resident Carni here whips these up for me when he's indulging in a steak. We then both have the broccoli, peas, carrot and mashed spud. Easy peasy.