Baked Falafel

My Baked Falafel is a lightened-up version of a Middle Eastern favorite. Baking at a high temperature creates a nice crispy exterior without having to fry. If you have an air-fryer, that also works great for these Baked Falafel. These bite-sized chickpea fritters are finger-food at it’s best. Kids and adults alike will enjoy dipping in Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce.

Baked Falafel

Baked Falafel

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This Baked Falafel is a lightened-up version of a Middle Eastern favorite. Baking at a high temperature creates a nice crispy exterior while saving on the grease.
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Cook Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas (canned is fine just rinse and drain well)
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped poblano pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • hot sauce or chili sauce , optional
  • 1 recipe Tzatziki sauce (see Instructions below)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Line baking sheet with silicon mat or parchment paper or grease lightly with oil.
  • In a small bowl, stir together breadcrumbs, cornmeal, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
  • Add remaining ingredients to a food processor. Pulse until ingredients are dispersed evenly and a fine texture. DO NOT puree until smooth; there should still be some texture.
  • Empty contents into a bowl. Stir in breadcrumb mixture. Roll into balls, about a tablespoon each, and slightly flatten into discs on prepared pan. Leave about 1/2 inch between discs.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  • Flip and bake an additional 8-12 minutes or until lightly browned on both sides.
  • While falafel are baking, prepare my Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce recipe.
  • Serve in a whole wheat wrap or pita or atop a salad with your favorite toppings such as lettuce, tomato and cucumber.
  • Drizzle with Tzatziki and hot sauce if desired prior to serving.
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