I? Am a little in love with these falafels. Some of the ingredients were totally unexpected to me and I wasn't sure if this was going to be a good idea, but I went with it, and trusted Mama Pea and what do you know? They're amaazing. I hold the title of this recipe close to my heart because being half Greek (my mother) with a father who embraced the culture sometimes more than my mother did, we had a whole lot of tzatziki going on. I especially loved to mash it into my rice. Don't judge. So fast forward about 15 years and I meet one of my current besties (I love you Miss Talea) who I have cooked and baked for (and with) and then naturally eaten with countless times. She? Totally calls it 'tzatziki sauce'. Maybe this is a normal thing for non-Greeks to add 'sauce' at the end. I mean, I say BBQ Sauce, and Soy Sauce, but tzatziki itself is a sauce, there is no other thing tzatziki could ever be to necessitate adding the word sauce on the end. My sister and I teased her occasionally over the last few years and then BAM, Mama Pea calls it 'tzatziki sauce' too. Whatever you call it, it tastes just as amazing (if not even better) than the original version.
The falafels themselves are what had the unexpected ingredients in them. I got 25-30 falafels from this recipe, one heaping tablespoon each and I'm the only one that eats them here! To be fair, no one in my house eats any kind of falafels aside from me regularly anyway, so hearing 'um, no thanks' in response to this recipe wasn't really shocking. If I love something I have no issue eating it over and over till it's gone, so after I make a batch of these I'll have them for lunch and dinner for 3 days. Or two days and share with a friend. Super good!! The 'tzatziki sauce' is also really good as a dip for carrots!