I’m excited to share a recipe for one of my favorite foods of all time: Falafel!!
Baked Turmeric Falafel to be precise.
I think I could eat a falafel wrapped in a fresh, warm pita, stuffed with crisp lettuce, garnished with juicy tomato slices, and drenched in tahini dressing everyday for the rest of my life. I don’t know what it is about these little balls of flavorful goodness, but I have a hard time saying no to them! Especially when I find falafel that is made with unique ingredients and spices, like these Baked Turmeric Falafel!
Unfortunately, even though falafel is vegan, that always doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Usually when you order falafel at a restaurant or food cart the falafel is fried and greasy and leaves you feeling sluggish and weighed down. At least that’s been my experience! In order to enjoy falafel without all the grease I’ve tried a few times to make my own patties at home and I bake them instead of fry them.
As you can see from this old school post, I always thought cooked and canned chickpeas were used to make falafel. Boy was I wrong! When it comes to authentic falafel, it’s all about the dried chickpeas y’all. Who knew?! Instead of using cooked and canned chickpeas that have been rinsed, authentic falafel is made by soaking dried chickpeas. This keeps the falafel patties from getting too mushy. Brilliant!
One of the main things I love about this Baked Turmeric Falafel recipe, or any baked falafel recipe at that, is how simple it is to make. By baking your falafel instead of frying each of the individual patties, you can easily make falafel on a weeknight. As long as you remember to soak your chickpeas, making falafel is really as easy as processing some ingredients in a food processor, forming the dough into patties, and baking the patties for a bit in the oven.
Another thing I’ve learned about making homemade falafel is that you shouldn’t be skimpy with the herbs and spices. Lots of fresh parsley and cilantro and all the spices really make a big flavor difference.
I actually got to introduce my good friend to falafel for the first time the other day. I’m always amazed when I find out people I know have never had falafel before, and when I do, it’s always my aim to have them try a falafel sandwich ASAP. When my friend dug her teeth into her first falafel sandwich, she couldn’t stop, “mmmmm-ing”! I had a feeling that would be her reaction.
Have you every had falafel? Have you ever tried making it at home?
I really hope you try out this recipe! It’s a winner at our house and I love using these Baked Turmeric Falafel in wraps, on salads, or just eating them plain with a little hummus!
And in case you need something for dessert and missed my recent post, check out these Mini Vegan Chocolate Cheesecakes!
- 2 cups dried chickpeas, soaked for 4-6 hours
- 2/3 cup chopped red onion
- 1 cup fresh parsley leaves, packed
- 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, packed
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Soak the dried chickpeas for 4-6 hours. Drain and rinse.
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or liberally spray it with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Place all of the ingredients into a large food processor and process until a fairly smooth, moldable "dough" forms. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary. This could take anywhere from 5-10 minutes, depending on the strength of your processor.
- Shape 2 tablespoons worth of falafel dough into a patty 1/2-inch thick. Repeat until all of the dough has been formed into patties. The patties won't expand in the oven so you should be able to fit them all onto one baking sheet.
- Bake the falafel patties for 13 minutes. Remove the baking tray from the oven and flip over each patty. Bake for 10-13 more minutes until cooked through and golden brown on each side.
- Serve in fresh pita with the BEST Hummus, lettuce, tomato and Lemon Tahini Dressing!
Nutrition InformationYield 10 Serving Size 2 falafels
Amount Per Serving Calories 116Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 431mgCarbohydrates 12gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 3gSugar 2gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 4g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate provided by Nutrionix and should be used for informational purposes only.