Healthy Awesome Baked Falafel
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Golden-brown and crispy on the outside, fluffy melt-in-your-mouth and aromatic within, once you taste falafel it's impossible to live without.
Recipe type: Snack, Finger food, Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 2
For the falafels:
  • 400g bottled chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • handful of basil leaves,
  • handful of cilantro leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1?2 tsp harissa paste or chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp plain flour ( or almond flour for GF)
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • olive oil, for cooking
  • sea salt to taste
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper
For the tzatziki-style yogurt dip:
  • ½ cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • ½ cucumber, peeled seeded and diced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • pitta bread to serve
  1. Place chickpeas in a food processor. Add garlic, cilantro, basil, lemon zest, harissa or chili, spring onion, allspice,cayenne pepper and flour.
  2. Blend until all ingredients are combined and the mixture reaches a smooth texture. Scrape down the sides of the food processor with a spatula if necessary. Season to taste.
  3. Gently wet your hands and divide the mixture forming 6-8 patties. Arrange them on a non-stick baking tray, brush with olive oil.
  4. Put in the freezer for 5-10 mins, it will help falafels to set and keep their shape while the cook.
  5. Bake falafels in the oven at 200C/390F for about 20 min, turning them on the other side half-way through cooking time. Falafels are ready when they get nicely crispy and golden-brown on both sides.
  6. To make tzatziki-style dip: mix together all ingredients in a bowl, and season with freshly cracked sea salt and black pepper to taste. Refrigerate until falafels are ready.
  7. Serve falafels with warm pitta bread or on their own with tzatziki-style yogurt dip on the side.
Makes 6 medium falafels.
Substitute flour with almond flour for gluten-free option
Recipe by The Petite Cook at