Try Baked Falafel to Skip Calories, Not Flavor

Falafel
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  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings
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Deep fried falafel not in your diet? Try it baked! Baked falafel is still crunchy on the outside and delicious on the inside.

Serving Baked Falafel

Baked falafel can be served the same way fried falafel would be served. Try it in a pita sandwich with tahini and veggies or on a platter with some hummus and a Middle Eastern salad. French fries are sometimes added to the pita with the falafel instead of vegetables.

Falafel can be served alone and is often accompanied by hummus, baba ghannoujfresh pita bread, fries, and a salad.

McDonald's in Egypt serves the "McFalafel," a falafel version of the Big Mac. The secret sauce is replaced with tahini.

What is Falafel?

Falafel is traditionally a deep-fried ball or patty that is made from chickpeas or fava beans and spices. It is a vegetarian food and is one of the most widely consumed and recognized foods of the Middle East

Falafel is very popular in the Middle East as a fast food. It is most popular in countries like Israel, Egypt, and Syria, regarded as a "fast food" and sold like hot dogs by street vendors. Falafel is also the national dish of Israel.

As a main dish, it is served as a sandwich, stuffed in pita bread with lettuce, tomatoes, and tahini. As an appetizer, it is served with a salad, or with hummus and tahini -- most of the time served with hot sauce

Falafel is a favorite among vegetarians. The spices are important and should be personalized to taste. This recipe is a traditional method of cooking falafel. It can be time-consuming because of having to soak the beans overnight.

What You'll Need

  • 1 15-19 oz can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

How to Make It

  1. Drizzle olive oil evenly in shallow baking dish. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. While oven is preheating, mash chickpeas with mortar and pestle or in food processor. Add onions and garlic and blend.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to make a thick paste-like consistency.
  4. Shape into ping pong size balls and place in preheated baking dish. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, turning halfway through cooking.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1059 Calories
31g Fat
159g Carbs
43g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)