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Easy Homemade Baked Falafel is a delicious vegan and gluten-free appetizer for your parties. It is golden brown and crisp on the outside and soft from inside. Bursting with fresh flavours from parsley and different spices, it is a healthy alternative to the regular fried falafel. 

Baked Falafel seen on a black plate. Seen in the background is parsley and baba ghanoush.

What is Falafel?

Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty shaped fritter made using chickpeas or fava beans or at times both. It is a traditional Middle Easter Street food typically served in a Pita Bread.

This can also be wrapped in a flatbread and referred to as a wrapped sandwich. This Easy homemade Baked Falafels can also be served as a snack all alone or served as a part of the Mezze.

Salads, pickles, vegetables, tahini sauces are added to the pita pocket to make a filling Falafel Sandwich. 

Simple Vegetarian Mezze Platter is a party platter with easy and healthy mezze recipes from Middle East for you to enjoy.
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The main Ingredient Chickpeas

Chickpeas are a good source of fibre and protein and hence it is a good filling snack for your evening hunger pangs. As these falafel are baked they are a healthy finger food for kids. 

Recipes with Chickpeas

Chickpeas are economical and taste great when added to a variety of recipes. I prefer to buy dry chickpeas, soak and use them. I love to make these addictive Herb Roasted Chickpeas for my tea time snack. 

For my lunch, I prefer Chickpea Salad and for the main course or parties, I love to make the Indian Chole (Indian Chickpeas Curry) or this Brown Rice Chickpea Pulav.

Easy Golden Turmeric Hummus or this Beetroot Hummus goes well as a dip with tomato, celery or even flatbreads.

Recipe process of Baked Falafel

The recipe is really easy and straight forward. All the ingredients are added to the blender and minced. It just needs some 10-15 minutes of your time to assemble and the rest is baking time. You would have some delicious and crunchy falafel to be enjoyed with some wraps or Pita Bread. We recently enjoyed this with my Homemade Manakish Za’atar (Levantine Flatbread)

Easy Homemade Baked Falafel seen on a black plate. Seen in the background is parsley and baba ghanoush.

To make the perfect falafel, you will need 

  • To Soak the chickpeas well. 
  • You need a good food processor or a powerful blender, as we are trying to mince the uncooked Chickpeas. 
  • Chickpeas are hard and to get the perfect texture it needs to be processed well.
  • Fresh parsley is another main ingredient. But if you cannot source it, you can use dry as well

Soaking Chickpeas

I am using soaked and uncooked chickpeas to make my falafel. The chickpeas need to be soaked properly in enough water. It is best to soak them for a minimum of 6 hours or overnight. Once they are soaked they fluff up to almost three times. 

Can we use canned chickpeas?

I never use canned chickpeas so I would not be able to comment on this. But I have heard that using canned chickpeas for falafel or hummus does not yield good results. It is difficult to bind and even the taste differs. 

Baked Falafel seen on a black plate. Seen in the background is parsley and baba ghanoush.

Can we Bake Falafel

Yes, you definitely can and this is what today’s recipe is all about. I prefer baking falafel then frying. First due to health reasons. It cuts down all the extra fats. Secondly, baking falafel takes around 25-30  minutes excluding the time to make them. It does not need babysitting as in frying and comes out nice and crisp. Of course, there would be a difference between fried and baked versions, but I bet you will not miss the fried version after trying my easy Baked Falafel recipe.

Baked Falafel seen on a white rectangular plate

Can we freeze cooked Falafel?

Yes, you can definitely freeze this falafel. Cool them completely once baked and then store them in a ziplock. 

How to defrost falafel in the microwave

If using a microwave one can microwave for 1-2 mins. Do keep a small cup of water along while microwaving. This helps the falafel not get dried up while reheating in the microwave. 

How to defrost falafel in Oven

If using the oven, pop them in a preheated oven for 5-10 mins at 180 Deg C until soft.

How to defrost falafel on a skillet/pan 

If using a skillet, defrost the frozen ones completely. Then on a skillet/pan, warm them on low for 5-10 minutes. 

How to reheat leftover falafel

Follow the same above methods as for defrosting.

Side dish with Falafel or Accompaniments with Falafel

Manakish Za’atar

So here goes the recipe of Baked Falafel:

Falafel seen on a black plate.

Easy Homemade Baked Falafel (No Canned Beans)

Easy Homemade Baked Falafel is a healthy alternative to the typical fried falafel, which is made using chickpeas, a few spices and herbs.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Appetizer, Baked, Chickpeas, Freezer Friendly Food, MakeAheadPartyIdeas, PartyFood, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Soaking Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24 Falafel
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Equipment

  • Food Processor
  • Oven

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
  • Soaked Chickpeas, double in size. So if you want 2 Cups of Soaked, use 1 cup of dry.
    Soaked Chickpeas
  • In a food processor put all the ingredients and grind it.
    Ingredients in the food processor
  • It will be like a coarse mixture.
    Minced Ingredients
  • Take a gooseberry size or like 2 tablespoon of the mix and make small balls from it, by gently pressing it between your palms.
    Falafel Balls Ready to be baked
  • Line it evenly on a baking tray. Lightly brush them with oil.
  • Let them bake for 20-30 minutes turning in between. (Half baked Pic)
    Half Baked
  • Bake them until they are golden brown on all the sides.
    Baked Falafel
  • Serve it with Tahini dip, HummusBaba Ghanoush or as a sandwich in Pita bread or a wrap.

Notes

  • 1 teaspoon = 5 ml, 1 tablespoon=15 ml, 1 Cup=235 ml
  • Ingredients can be adjusted as per taste.
  • One can definitely fry this instead of baking.
  • One can make a fine powder of coriander and cumin seeds and add to it, I just added all at one go.
 
 
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    The recipe first appeared on Cook with Renu on 5th December 2018. Today, 3rd April 2021, I have updated a few pics and content.

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