Are you asking me what my favorite falafel sauce is?
Then that must be my homemade and savory sesame yogurt dip no doubt! I love that earthy flavor of sesame. Unfortunately the world’s famous sesame paste also known as tehina (or tahini or whatever you call it) is pretty damn difficult to find here in my hometown.
I once found it in a mediterranean spice shop in Antwerp but I was so shocked by the price that I just put it back on the shelf and walked out without it. That was ridiculously expensive.
Over the years I have come across quite a few recipes on how to make your own tehina paste at home though. Something I still have to try out one day!
Falafel Sauce with Sesame & Yogurt
So the challenge here is that I have to find other alternatives to get that beautiful earthy sesame flavor in my recipes.
I recently bought a gorgeous toasted sesame oil in my local supermarket and since then I use that as a substitute. All the other ingredients you need for this flavorful yogurt dip are very easy to find. Add to that a portion of golden fried hot falafel chickpea balls and you just made yourself a winner dinner!
So you have falafels and sauce on your table already.
What other mediterranean stuff could you add to it then. A fresh salad with feta, tomatoes and cucumber (a Greek salad is just delicious here) and extra dipping sauce such as homemade hummus, baba ganoush or a spicy brava sauce… Serve the falafels, sauce and salad separately. Or stuff it al into a tortilla wrap or pita bread or something.
Mediterranean fast food at its best.
Dig in and enjoy!
- 7 oz unsweetened yogurt (200 g)
- 2 fresh spring onions
- 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 3 tbsp sesame seeds
- a handful fresh mint
- 1 ½ tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp garlic paste
- Pour the plain yogurt in a medium mixing bowl and then add the garlic paste and the (toasted) sesame oil.
- Give the yogurt a good stir. Then add the sesame seeds.
- Stir again. Rinse and dry the fresh mint and chop it up very finely. Add this to the yogurt.
- Stir again. Season the yogurt sauce with a pinch of pepper and salt. Add the lemon juice as well.
- Stir the sauce well. Then trim and clean the spring onions. Slice them up very finely as well and add this to the yogurt.
- Stir well again. Check the seasoning of the sauce and add extra garlic paste, lemon juice, sesame oil, pepper or salt to taste if necessary. Then put the sauce in the fridge for 10 minutes to chill. Right before serving give the sauce one last good stir (the yogurt can be a little watery after chilling) and garnish with extra sesame seeds and chopped mint. Serve cold.