Niki’s Baked Falafel

falafel

As-salām ‘alaykum wonderful readers!

Come and let me whisk you away to the wondrously beautiful smells of a falafel. Warm…aromatic…crispy…tender…deep fried…hang on. Greasy?! Why? I totally appreciate that a traditional falafel is indeed deep fried and served in a wrap with a rich sauce but why can’t we make it healthy?
Here comes my spin on this truly delicious street food snack, it takes less time believe it or not and you are sure to get the same texture and flavour minus the calories and huge oil consumption. Love this right? I know you do. So let’s see what we need….
-1 cup dried chickpeas or 16 oz. can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans.
-1 large onion, chopped finely
-2 cloves of garlic, crushed
-1 teaspoon coriander and full seasoning with 2 tablespoons of flour
-1 teaspoon cumin
-1 egg, beaten
-Black and white sesame seeds
-Black or Green lives for garnish and a bunch of parsley, chopped

All you have to do is combine the chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper (to taste) in medium bowl. Add flour the flour and mash the chickpeas, ensuring to mix ingredients together. You can also combine ingredients in a food processor. You want the result to be a thick paste. Finally add your egg and shape into little patties and sprinkle with your sesame seeds.
Bake in a moderately hot oven until golden brown. I like to eat these warm but of course they are perfectly tasty hot or cold!

falafel up close

Happy Baking!

Niki

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