Oven Baked Falafel

Oven Baked Falafel

Falafel are well known as Arab and Israeli street food. Usually they are deep fried, served in flatbread and topped with chopped vegetables and tahini-sauce. For this lighter version I opted to bake them in the oven and serve on fresh salad from the garden.

You need:

Falafel

o    400 g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

o    2 garlic cloves, chopped

o    1 small red onion, roughly chopped

o    1 small red pepper, roughly chopped (optional)

o    2 tablespoons parsley

o    1 tablespoon cilantro

o    1 teaspoon baking powder

o    1 teaspoon ground cumin

o    1 teaspoon ground coriander

o    1/2 teaspoon harissa paste or chilli powder

o    1 teaspoon tahini, to taste optional

o    2 tablespoons plain flour or breacrumbs

o    oil

To serve (suggestions)

o    toasted pitta bread

o    tomato salsa

o    yogurt sauce

o    tahini sauce

o    green salad

Procedure:

  1. Place the drained canned chickpeas on a dry tray and pat them dry with kitchen paper.
  2. Combine them in a food processor with garlic, onion, red pepper, herbs, spices and baking powder. Process until blended but not pureed.
  3. Place the mix into a bowl and season with harissa and tahini.
  4. Add flour, breadcrumbs or bulgur until dough no longer sticks to your hands.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours.
  6. Oil your hands and shape walnut sized balls.
  7. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) and oil a rimmed baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden.
  9. Serve with tahini sauce, crudités, and pita bread, assembling sandwiches if you like.
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6 thoughts on “Oven Baked Falafel

  1. Wow, Adrianna, these Oven Baked Falafel were amazing. So quick and easy to make with such wonderful textures and flavor. So good. I enjoyed them very much prepared this way and did not missing the frying at all. They were beautifully flavored, fragile, tender and delicious. I served them with pita, tomatoes, sweet onions, lettuce, dill pickles and yogurt sauce. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely dish that has gone into my Best of 2015 Cookbook. Kudos to you my friend. Made FYC Tag Game. 5 *’s all the way.

    • Hi Kato, thanks so much for trying this recipe. It was a great surprise to find your wonderful review!
      You combined the recipe exactly as we usually do: with yogurt sauce! Hugs!

  2. Easy & delicious falafel! Made this exactly as written, served as part of a huge appetizer plate with tzatziki sauce, tabbouleh, cucumber bites and hummus. Thanks for posting a recipe that requires NO FRYING!!! Made for Team Happy Campers for CQ4.

  3. I love falafel! These were absolutely perfect because I hate deep frying at home LOL We had this with your Baba Ganoush and the Mint and Dill Yoghurt Sauce as a satisfying main dish. Thanks for sharing, this is a keeper! Made for CQ2017 for the Happy Campers.

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