As you all know, one of my favourite ways to “healthify” a naughty dish is by creating a baked alternative! One of my new favourite fried foods is falafel, a traditional Middle Eastern dish made predominantly out of chickpeas. This food is bean-based and protein-rich, therefore making it a great healthy option.
The traditional recipe is deep-fried so I decided to bake mine. I had no idea how they would turn out and I was a bit skeptical. However, they were delicious and had a slight crunch on the outside! I still prefer deep-fried falafel but unfortunately can’t eat them all the time. This is why I’m glad that I found a healthy alternative that has the taste of traditional falafel yet greater health benefits.
Without further ado, here is the recipe:-
A healthy and delicious alternative to the traditional deep-fried dish!
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1/2 red onion chopped
- 1 tbsp white flour
- 2 garlic cloves chopped
- 1/2 handful fresh flat leaf parsley chopped
- 1/2 handfull coriander leaves chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pita bread (optional) to serve
- cucumber, tomatoes (chopped) (optional) to serve
- Yogurt dressing:- 1 cup greek yogurt, 1 garlic clove (chopped), 1 tbsp fresh parsley, pinch of salt and pepper (optional) to serve
Preheat oven to 180*C. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper and/or olive oil.
Put all your ingredients (apart from the sauce ingredients, pita bread, cucumber and tomatoes) into a food processor and blend until crumbly. Taste and add further quantities of ingredients if needed.
Mould into small balls and place on a baking tray.
Place in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
While the falafel bakes, make your sauce by combining your sauce ingredients.
When the falafel is ready, assemble by placing in pitta bread with chopped tomatoes and cucumber as well as the yogurt sauce.
I hope you liked this recipe!
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