Baked Falafel & Tzatziki Sauce

I know, most of you are already drooling over the title. I know I was when I found this recipe on The Naked Kitchen. I wanted to make some falafel wraps and therefore needed some falafels. The problem with traditional falafel’s is that they’re deep fried <—- I’m trying to stay away from frying too many things, aside from the grilled cheese I treated myself to today :) 

I made these baked falafels but I only had a blender, not a food processor, so the insides were more like a soft dough. My friend Kathryn loved them, as she doesn’t normally enjoy the crumbly insides of traditional falafel.

Try this recipe and let me know what you think.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, washed and drained. (I only had a 28oz can  so I used that instead of the called for 15oz)
  • 1 thick slice of onion – chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic – chopped or minced
  • 1 Tbsp of lemon juice (I used lime)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp seas salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425F
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a food processor or blender by pulsing until you reach desired consistency. The mixture should be ground, yet not smooth. There should be texture.
  3. On a greased, tin foil wrapped or parchment lined cookie sheet, roll the mixture into balls and press each one down in the shape of a falafel.
  4. Lightly brush balls with oil and bake in the oven for 40mins – turning once half way.

E-SAY! 

* Sorry, we had already eaten out of it and I forgot to take a picture 😉 lol

For the Tzatziki Sauce I didn’t follow her recipe as I closed the computer and forgot, as our good friends Kath and Ryan arrived to fix our air conditioner <—- awesome aren’t they :) so I just tossed the following ingredients together and left it in the fridge for a while before serving…..

  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • good chunk of cucumber – grated.
  • 1 Tbsp Epicures Lemon Dilly mix (or a splash of lemon juice and 1 tsp of dill weed)
  • garlic salt and pepper to taste.

It was super yummy :) I ate both the next day in a wrap and I highly recommend making this and letting me know if you liked it.

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Questions:

1. Chickpeas YAY or NAY??

2. Don’t you think I should sell Epicure products?? I use them so much! 

3. favourite recipe with chickpeas or tzatziki???

 

13 thoughts on “Baked Falafel & Tzatziki Sauce

  1. Yum! Looks soo good! I just made that tuscan chicken recipe that you posted a long time ago for dinner tonight! And I got all the ingredients for your tofu! You are my #1 place to go for easy and yummy recipes that everyone here loves. 😀

    • I’m excited for you!!!! that chicken recipe is from a blog I love: Higher Miles and it was great!!! :) I should make that soon too. Good luck with the tofu recipe

    • Oh I wanted to tell you – I started eating chia seeds at your suggestion….I haven’t noticed anything different yet but I read all about their benefits :) Thanks!

  2. This looks wonderful Ali! I love traditional falafel but I hate having the hot oil for frying in my kitchen – so gross. I’m definitely going to try the baked version. I make my tzatziki sauce similar to you – expect lots of fresh garlic!

    • Ok….so here’s the deal I actually LOVED the Tzatziki until I added garlic salt….so maybe I should’ve just used my cloves instead….I’m going to try that next time :) thanks

  3. oooooh girl, i love me some chickpeas :) I have only made falafel once but it was fried and i used the dried chickpeas that I had soaked overnight, supposedly they hold together better. did these crumble at all when you tried to make them?

    • no they didn’t crumble….but the inside didn’t turn out like a traditional falafel…..it was smooth and not crumbly. So maybe that’s the issue ??

  4. I recently discovered these..but I eat them fried…

    So you might find this interesting..I should blog about it..

    But do you think people have different values of what is healthy? Vs school only allows healthy snacks..and if the snack isn’t healthy they send it home, and the kid doesn’t get a snack..I had a conversation with a train friend what he and I consider “healthy” are different..yep..need to go blog about it..

  5. I really don’t like chick peas on their own, I have to eat them either in a salad or mixed with other things. I have never ever had falafel before. Never ordered it out either. I should try to make it one time. Yours looks good.

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