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 in the pita with the falafel instead of vegetables.
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. Vendors sell it on the street corners is most popular in countries like Israel, Egypt and Syria. It is 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 on 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. (No time to make your own falafel? Check out our favorite falafel mixes.)
Video: How to Make Falafel
- 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
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Drizzle olive oil evenly in shallow baking dish. Preheat oven to 350.
While oven is preheating, mash chickpeas with mortar and pestle or in food processor. Add onions and garlic and blend.
Add remaining ingredients to make a thick paste-like consistency.
Shape into ping pong size balls and place in preheated baking dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning halfway through cooking.