This baked falafel recipe is a tasty and nutritious way to enjoy chickpeas (garbanzo beans).
Falafel is traditionally fried, but a baked falafel can make a a tasty, healthy, and easy alternative to the tried and true oil-splatter-fest.
Baked Falafel Recipe Ingredients:
1 15oz can CHICKPEAS
1/4 cup CILANTRO
1/4 cup PARSLEY
1/4 cup ONION
2-3 cloves GARLIC
2 Tbsp OLIVE OIL
CAYENNE PEPPER, to taste
1 tsp CORIANDER
1 tsp CUMIN
1/4 tsp BAKING POWDER
1 Tbsp BREAD CRUMBS (or flour)
1 Tbsp LEMON JUICE
SALT, to taste
-- Optional garnishes --
HUMMUS, YOGURT, VEGGIES, PITA SLICES
Drain and rinse 15oz can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans). Combine in a food processor with all ingredients (except 1 Tbsp olive oil and bread crumbs). Mix roughly--pulse--DO NOT puree into a smooth consistency. Place mixture into a bowl and combine with dried bread crumbs (or substitute flour). Form into discs--I like to get 10 out of this recipe because they cook up well and fit nicely into a pita pocket--but make them as big as you like, and adjust the cooking time accordingly.
(Refrigerate 1-2 hours before cooking if you have the time--they'll bake better, maybe, but it's not the end of the world if you don't. I actually prefer putting them in the fridge for a bit, but sometimes I don't, and the difference is negligible.)
Place on a flat baking sheet and lightly drizzle or brush with olive oil.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, then turn falafel and bake for 10 more minutes to brown each side (a total cooking time of 30 minutes).
Serve with hummus, yogurt, veggies, and pita slices--or stuff inside a pita to make a delicious falafel sandwich.
And that's it, man. Give this baked falafel recipe a try and let me know what you think and bon appetit!
And if you wanna make your own hummus try this Easy Hummus Recipe.