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Sauces to serve with falafel?

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Anyone got innovative sauces to go with falafel besides tzatiki and hummus?

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  1. I whirl a jar of drained, roasted peppers in a food processor to create a pasty puree, then I add some tzatiki that's been thinned out by a bit of milk and makes a very thin, drizzling type of sauce. I enjoy a sauce but I really enjoy a THIN sauce because the falafel is so delicate. The sauce keeps about a week in the frig, so adjust your batch by how many falafel your setting up.

    1. Never had it with tzatiki or hummus. I only eat it with Tehina - watered down and seasoned with garlic, lemon and salt - s/b consistency of heavy cream... and my friend who is from India makes it with a garlicky cilantro chutney.

      Edit: Oh, and an Israeli friend of mine eats it with an eggplant/mayo dip or an eggplant/tehina dip (in both cases, he roasts the eggplant and then digs out the inside)

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      1. re: acssss

        garlicky cilantro chutney sounds fantastic! I would def. thin that out too before drizzling.

        1. re: HillJ

          I'll tell her :-)

          1. re: acssss

            oh you're so much fun, acs!

            1. re: HillJ

              right back at you HillJ

        2. re: acssss

          The eggplant sounds awesome! Going to try that! Sort of an eggplant puree, huh?

          1. re: molomo

            I don't think he purees them. He roasts the eggplants (until very very soft), spoons out the insides and then with a fork, he mushes them a bit (I think pureeing them will make it more like baby food) - then he adds minced garlic, lemon juice, S&P and tehina in one and mayo in the other.
            I agree - they are both delicious (not to mention healthy)
            Enjoy!

            1. re: acssss

              isn't this baba ganoush?

        3. as well as tzatziki I also like a mild chilli-tomato sauce

          1. The only three that should be considered are tahini, schug and muhammarra.

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              1. I love hot sauce on hummus sandwiches (wraps)

                1. my sister has made falafel's for years and we've always enjoyed hers. she does a thinnish 'white' sauce (not sure of the ratio)
                  combo of: mayo/sour cream/lime juice/litl soy sauce/honey/few red pepper flakes. very good.

                  she packs hers with lettuce onion lots of tomatoes (cuke if she has)
                  and thin shards of jack cheese

                  1. i like yogurt with sesame oil and a hit of citrus mixed in.

                    1. The falafel shops in nyc have different versions of "white sauce" - i come close by mixing plain greek yogurt with mashed roasted garlic and lemon juice.
                      Hot sauce is common.
                      Muhamarra and baba ganoush are great

                      1. It's hard to beat a shower of tahini/taratour with some zhoug if you like things spicy. Spicy pickled mango relish is a traditional option in the Mizrahi/Iraqi tradition. The Lebanese whipped garlic known as toum would also be good here. If you want to go creative, I make a play on tyrosalata with thick yogurt mixed with whipped feta and Sriracha that I will frequently have on Middle Eastern sandwiches. It's great with kafta; I don't see why it wouldn't work with falafel.