Can you eat falafel with tzatziki

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “can you eat falafel with tzatziki?” We will also discuss what these dishes are, where they come from and other queries related to this subject.

Can you eat falafel with tzatziki?

Yes, you can eat falafel with tzatziki! This combination is very common in the cuisine of Southeast Europe and the Middle East. Both falafel and tzatziki are popular food streets all around the world, their flavors are just outstanding!

Middle Eastern cuisine uses a lot of spices, and textures, have you ever tried any of these dishes? Tell us about it!

What is falafel?

Falafel is one of the most common dishes in Middle Eastern cuisine. It is very popular and easy to find all around the world. But what ingredients are found in falafel? Well, falafel is fried spiced balls, usually made of chickpeas, and they are disposed into a piece of pita bread.

Almost all the time, falafel is served with a side sauce, which is tzatziki, and some salad. As it is produced in different countries, the typical recipe may change somehow according to the available ingredients.  

What is the origin of falafel? 

There is no register of the exact origins of falafel, but it is believed that falafel was first in Egypt, but experts are not quite sure about this. However, the most accepted theory is that falafel dates back about 1000 years. Can you imagine?

Others suggest that falafel was invented during the 19th century, quite a long time after! The reason why this is believed is due to Egyptian literature, as it introduces falafel only after the British occupation in 1882.  

There are plenty of disputes about this subject, because some other Middle East countries claim falafel as their own, especially Israel which claims this dish as one of their traditional dishes.

Is falafel healthy?

Mostly yes, let us remember that it is deep-fried in oil, which causes a rise in its fat and calorie content. However, it is also rich in micronutrients, fiber, and protein. Actually, some experts claim the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest ones, which also helps protect people from type 2 diabetes.

What are the nutrition facts of falafel?

100 g of falafel, which is the same as six small balls, provide us with the following compounds:

NutrientValueUnit
Calories333cal
Protein13.3g
Carbohydrates31.8g
Fat17.8g
Fiber4.9g
Vitamin B694% DV*
Copper29%DV
Manganese30%DV
Folate26%DV
Iron19%DV
Magnesium20%DV
Phosphorus15%DV

*DV refers to the Daily Value, according to a diet of 2000 calories

What is Tzatziki?

Tzatziki is a sauce or dip that is very popular in Middle East cuisine. The main ingredients to prepare this dip are:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Lemon juice
  • Vinegar

Tzatziki is such a delicious sauce that can be eaten only with some pita bread! Also, its preparation takes zero time and can be used in so many different ways.

What is the history of Tzatziki?

Tzatziki was first prepared in the Ottoman Empire. This sauce, which is composed of greek yogurt is very helpful when leading with a spicy feeling in the mouth. It was the Greek culture that started experimenting with the yogurt dip with cucumbers until Tzatziki was created.

Its preparation can vary in the different Middle East countries, some may add some other ingredients, or it can also be known by different names. However, tzatziki dip can be found in almost any Turkish street food stand. I definitely recommend you try it with some falafel or kebab.

How can tzatziki be used?

As said before, tzatziki is very versatile and it can be accompanied by different meals, such as:

  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Asparagus
  • Corn on the cob
  • Toasted pita wedges
  • Olives
  • Cheese
  • Hummus
  • Falafel
  • Pita sandwiches
  • Lentil salad
  • Chickpea salad

Now, we are going to prepare a tzatziki recipe:

  • First, squeeze some grated cucumber to remove excess moisture. Move the squeezed cucumber to another bowl.
  • Add the yogurt, olive oil, herbs, lemon juice, garlic, and salt to the bowl with the cucumbers. Stir, and let it rest for 5 minutes. If necessary, add some more herbs.
  • And that is it! You have prepared some delicious tzatziki, pretty easy, right?   

 In this link, you can find some other recipes that combine these two Middle East dishes, trust me you will love the combination of falafel with tzatziki! Tell us if you prepare it and if you like it.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “can you eat falafel with tzatziki?” We have also discussed other queries related to the subject at hand. 

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Citations

https://www.britannica.com/topic/falafel

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tzatziki

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/is-falafel-healthy#:~:text=Falafel%20is%20high%20in%20many,its%20fat%20and%20calorie%20content.

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