Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Oven "Fried" Falafel

My love of falafel is nearly as old as I am.  My parents enjoyed that type of cuisine so I grew up eating lots of hummus, tahini and those delicious little fried chickpea balls.  And, over the years, nothing has changed.  Well, except my resolve to not eat too many greasy little fried things.

When I find myself at a restaurant that serves them, all my resolve flies out the window.  But at home, I can usually calm the craving with a much healthier, oven "fried" version.  These spicy, slightly crunchy balls taste great served with rice but I generally opt for a platter loaded with pita, lots of vegetables and plenty of lemony tahini dressing.  Definitely my idea of a heavenly meal.  Enjoy!

Ingredients
1 Can (approx. 15 oz.) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 Egg
1 Teaspoon cumin
1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 Teaspoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro (or scallions, if you prefer)
1 Tablespoon flour
Dash of cayenne pepper
Salt & pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon olive or canola oil

Place the chickpeas in a large bowl and mash them with a potato masher or fork.  They should still be a little chunky.  Stir in the cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, flour, cayenne and cilantro.  Season with salt and pepper to taste before mixing in the egg.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the tablespoon of oil over the paper.  Form 1 oz. balls (I used a 1 oz. scoop) of the mixture and place them on the greased baking sheet.  Bake in a pre-heated 425 degree oven for 20 - 30 minutes, until the falafel balls are golden brown.  Makes approximately 1 dozen falafel, or 3 - 4 servings.  Serve with pita or other flatbread, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion and tahini sauce.

To make the tahini, combine 2 tablespoons of sesame paste, 3 tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and salt & pepper to taste.  Whisk until thoroughly combined.

15 comments:

  1. Want. Now. (it's too early for actual sentences)

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  2. Oh yum! My daughter is going meatless this week, will have to add this to the menu this week.

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  3. Love falafel. My co-worker just said to me yesterday. Falafel on Friday? I'm going to try to start falafel friday's!

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  4. So we had one of the best falafels ever in Paris!!! We are hooked... Going to try your recipe

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  5. Never had but would try! Sounds good Thanks for sharing!

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  6. What a great way to make Falafel - I do love the stuff! Yours looks very pretty on the plate with pita, another favorite!

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  7. I'd heard of falafel but wasn't exactly sure what it was until now. I can see why you can't resist it - looks awesome!

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  8. your presentation is stellar and looks irresistible.

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  9. Looks delicious! Falafel is one of my favorite foods!

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  10. I absolutely adore falafel. Love that you baked them. Can't wait to try them. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

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  11. Last week, I had a falafel with my friends and you know what now I am crazy about falafel. Thanks for sharing such yummilicious recipe I must try this at home :)

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  12. Oooh this is a great recipe! I love falafel but don't eat it as often I'd like because it's fried...no more!

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  13. Falafel is a favorite of mine and I will be trying this for sure.

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