|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 3g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|Total Sugars 2g|
|Vitamin C 3mg||16%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
A popular fast-food dish in the Middle East and a favorite among vegetarians, falafels are deep-fried balls or patties that are made from chickpeas or fava beans and spices. As a main dish, they are served as a sandwich stuffed in pita bread with lettuce, tomatoes, and tahini. As an appetizer, they are served on a salad or with hummus and tahini. It's common for hot sauce to be served alongside falafel, either for drizzling on a falafel pita sandwich or for dipping. Our easy sauce recipe is perfect for adding beautiful, bright flavor.
The spices in the sauce are important and should be personalized to taste. One of the main ingredients in this hot sauce recipe is harissa, which is a hot chili paste that is commonly found in North African cooking, mainly Moroccan, Algerian, and Tunisian cuisine. You can find harissa in specialty stores, online, and in some upscale grocery stores, but your best bet would be Middle Eastern markets.
In the Middle East, falafel is sold everywhere by street vendors in Israel, Egypt, and Syria. It is actually the national dish of Israel, but its fame has spread globally because, besides being delicious, it makes a wonderful vegetarian option for a growing population of non-meat eaters. Now that there are plenty of falafel mixes to be found, making this dish at home has become very easy. With this tasty sauce on the side, it'd be, without a doubt, a wonderful dinner. The sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
3/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon harissa, or hot sauce
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, stems removed and finely chopped
Gather the ingredients.
In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
Serve the falafel hot sauce immediately as a dip for falafel or drizzle onto a falafel pita sandwich.
How to Use Falafel Hot Sauce
Our tomato-based hot sauce is great on falafel, but it can be used in multiple other ways to add some spiciness to your favorite recipes.
- Table sauce: Serve with hot dogs, hamburgers, enchiladas, empanadas, tacos, fajitas, fries, tortilla chips, or pulled pork sandwiches to add some spiciness to your meal.
- Dip and spread: Combine 1/4 cup of falafel sauce with 1/2 cup of sour cream and salt and pepper to taste. Use this to dip crudités, chips, or fried finger food like shrimp or crab balls.
- Grilled meats: Brush your grilled steaks, chicken breasts, or wings with the falafel hot sauce right before serving.
- Pasta: Add 2 tablespoons of falafel hot sauce to 1 cup of your favorite tomato pasta sauce to make your own arrabbiata sauce.
- Eggs: Drizzle the sauce on sunny-side-up or scrambled eggs, or mix hard-boiled egg yolks with falafel hot sauce and mayo until you have a creamy mixture to fill up deviled eggs.
What can I substitute for harissa?
If you can't find harissa and want to try a new spicy flavor, use these combinations to achieve hot perfection:
- For a very spicy kick, blend all of the ingredients before cooking with 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne and 1 to 2 rehydrated chiles de árbol. Alternatively, blend all of the ingredients with 1 teaspoon of cayenne with 1 to 2 rehydrated ancho chilies. Cook as directed.
- For medium spiciness, blend all of the ingredients before cooking with 1 to 2 guajillo chiles or 3 to 4 poblano peppers. Cook as directed.