Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern Food made with Chickpeas (Chole), hence making them a good source of protein. Traditionally falafels are deep-fried in oil to make it crispy hence making it a less healthy option. Today I am sharing a healthier version of a homemade baked falafel recipe. In this we are going to bake it rather than deep-frying, still resulting in a crispy falafel.
I like using cooked chickpea in this recipe but you can use the raw chickpeas that are soaked in water overnight.
Healthy Baked FalafelCourse: MainCuisine: Mediterranean
3-4 garlic cloves
1 medium onion
2 green chillies (Optional)
2 cups cooked chickpea (Chole)
1/4 cup coriander leaves (Cilantro)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup sesame seeds (Optional)
1 Tbsp oil
2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp salt
- Put a pan on medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp oil.
- Once oil is hot add garlic, chilly and onion.
- Cook for 2-3 mins until onions are brown.
- Add chickpeas, coriander leaves and lemon juice.
- Use a potato masher to blend the mix. We don’t want a smooth paste, just enough so that chickpeas are broken.
- Use your hands to make falafel balls.
- In a bowl add some sesame seeds and coat the falafels with it for extra crunch and texture.
- Bake in a pre heated oven at 375 F or 190 c for 15 mins.
- Add a little bit of water if you feel the mix is too dry to make falafel balls.
- If the mix is too wet, add little bit flour of your choice to help bind.
Baked Falafels are ready. Serve hot with some hummus and pita bread.
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