Sesame TVP Falafel

I'm not 100 percent sure if this recipe qualifies as a falafel, because I ran out of dried chick peas, which in and of itself was an alarming anomaly- seeing as I was at Ed Hyder's , my favorite Mediterranean Marketplace, just a day before.   So, I do what I always do, and that is to work with whatever I have available. Today's stand-in was TVP.  I was really happy with the results. The TVP really absorbs flavor and it fried up nice and crunchy, so every bite was super tasty.I apologize in advance for not measuring, but it was truly experimental- you can guesstimate based on the photos. 
Ingredients: TVP- Textured Vegetable Protein, onion, garlic, sesame seeds, falafel spice, mint, sesame oil, salt, eggs, and canola oil~


I buy all my herbs and spices a couple of ounces at a time-it really makes a difference in flavor-this is a non-negotiable


I save all glass jars. look how cute this one is.
it's really hard to take a photo and pour spices
I save the price sticker and stick it to the jar lid
no waste- I use a pastry scraper for so many things even patching walls
my lid drawer- all round lids go in this drawer
adorable little falafel spices
label
poured about 3/4 of a bag of TVP into a bowl
added boiling water
just enough to hydrate without getting mushy
plumped up
finely dice onion
mush up four cloves of garlic with a generous pinch of kosher salt
add a little sesame oil to a skillet
add the diced onion
add the garlic
add 1/4 cup of sesame seeds
add a couple of teaspoons of falafel spices
add a tablespoon of dried mint
stir over heat until all are incorporated and onions are translucent, add a pinch of kosher salt
add to TVP
mix really, really well
I made lettuce wraps with sliced cucumber and Tzatziki also from Hyder's- I'm not an egoist in the kitchen-I'm all for convenience if it's perfectly fresh and delicious...and the tzatziki is, as is the hummus and tabbouleh and beet salad...and
add two eggs to hold it together while frying
fry in canola oil until golden or slightly darker- just be careful because burned sesame seeds are terrible
I really like the little bites of onion
this photo is terrible, but you get the idea- I served with lentil soup
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