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Easy Homemade Baked Falafel (No Canned Beans)

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Falafel is one of the most loved dishes by me and my DH. But since it is generally fried I do not make it often, until recently when I tried the Baked Falafel version. The fried version is still in my drafts for last one year, hopefully will post the pics soon. The baked version is easier and quicker to make as you need not spend time frying them, just line them on a baking tray and bake them for 20 odd minutes and you are sorted. For the taste obviously there will be some difference between the fried and the baked version, but when health matters, I would go for baked and I am always going to bake them now.

Easy Homemade Baked Falafel (No Canned Beans)

To make this falafel you need a good food processor or a powerful blender because we are trying to mince the uncooked Chickpeas. Chickpeas are hard and to get the perfect texture it really needs to be processed well. Rest the recipe is really easy and straight forward. Add all the ingredients in the blender and you are done. It just needs some 10 minutes of your time to assemble and you have some yummy and crunchy falafel to be enjoyed with some wraps or Pitta Bread. We recently enjoyed this with my Homemade Manakish Za’atar (Levantine Flatbread)

Manakish Za’atar

And Did I tell you that they freeze well so you can make a big batch of this or make them ahead of your parties. Just defrost them or pop up them in microwave for 1-2 minutes until defrosted and warm.

This Baked Falafel is also a good finger food for kids or as a good starter for kid’s parties, as they are baked and chickpeas are loaded with a lot of nutrients. They have a moderate amount of calories and are a good source of fiber and rich in plant based protein.  Since high in fiber and protein, it is a filling food and help you lower your appetite. In fact I do often make this Chickpea Salad for my lunch. They are also economical and taste great when added to a variety of recipes. They also form the main ingredient in hummus and Indian Chole (Indian Chickpeas Curry).

So I am sharing this as my second recipe to the month long Bakeathon where we a group of bloggers will be sharing some fabulous bakes for the whole month of December.

So here goes the recipe of Baked Falafel:

Ingredients

  • 2 Cup Soaked Chick peas (Kabuli Chana)
  • 1-1.5 cups Parsley
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp of crushed black pepper
  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • 1 small medium size Red onion
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (Replace with Red chili powder, if you do not have)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for brushing/spraying.

Method

  • Line a tray with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 180 Deg C
  • In a food processor put all the ingredients and grind it. It will be like a coarse mixture. (One can make a fine powder of corainder and cumin seeeds and add to it, I just added all at one go.)
  • Take a gooseberry size or like 1 tablespoon of the mix and make small balls from it, by gently pressing it between your fingers.
  • Line it evenly on a baking tray. Lightly brush them with oil.

Easy Homemade Baked Falafel

  • Let them bake for 20-30 minutes turning in between.
  • Bake them until they are golden brown on all the sides.
  • Serve it with Tahini dip or as wrap in tortilla or with any type of bread.
Easy Homemade Baked Falafel (No Canned Beans)

Easy Homemade Baked Falafel (No Canned Beans)

Baked Falafel is a good and healthy alternative to the usual fried falafel, which is made using ground chickpeas , few spices and herbs.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Baked, Chickpeas, Falafel, MakeAheadPartyIdeas, PartyFood, Starter, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Soaking Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 40 minutes
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Ingredients

  • 2 Cup Soaked Chick peas Kabuli Chana
  • 1-1.5 cups Parsley
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed black pepper
  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • 1 small medium size Red onion
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper Replace with Red chili powder, if you do not have
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for brushing/spraying.

Instructions

  • Line a tray with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 180 Deg C
  • In a food processor put all the ingredients and grind it. It will be like a coarse mixture. (One can make a fine powder of coriander and cumin seeds and add to it, I just added all at one go.)
  • Take a gooseberry size or like 1 tablespoon of the mix and make small balls from it, by gently pressing it between your fingers.
  • Line it evenly on a baking tray. Lightly brush them with oil.
  • Let them bake for 20-30 minutes turning in between.
  • Bake them until they are golden brown on all the sides.
  • Serve it with Tahini dip or as wrap in tortilla or with any type of bread.
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Preethicuisine

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

Baked falafels look scrumptious. Such a delicious snack That can be gorged on guilt free. I am tempted to bake them soon. Baked version is so much healthier.

Padmajha PJ

Monday 7th of January 2019

I have made the deep fried version of this long back. The baked ones look so good and such a guilt free snack!

CookwithRenu

Monday 7th of January 2019

Thank You :-)

Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

I love falafel and so do my kids. Perfect finger/party food. I have never made it using uncooked chickpeas though and am really curious to try this method. They look and sound delicious! Thank you for sharing with #BakingCrumbs :)

Chef Mireille

Tuesday 18th of December 2018

I love falafel and have always baked them - they are healthier this way and just as delicious. Your look fab!

Suma Gandlur

Tuesday 18th of December 2018

Baking makes many dishes which are otherwise fried, guilt free. The baked version falafel looks inviting.