February 5, 2008

Oven Baked Chickpea Falafel

It was one lazy Sunday afternoon and we were in a mood to have something light and preferably a *healthy* snack.

...As I was flipping through my to-do list of recipes( as usual with some dreamy eyes at their drooling pics! ..), I came across this mouth watery Falafel dish which I wanted to try out from a very long time.. But, 'No Oil for deep frying' was one of our strict rules.. So, I thought why not oven bake them ( as in Baking Bites).

.. We were in a no mood to have Pita bread with Falafel which is the usual combination - just had this as our EVENING SNACK.


1 can chickpeas
1 medium sized chopped onion
2 slices of whole wheat bread
salt - to taste
Butter spray
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 tbsp black pepper
3/4 tbsp cumin powder
fresh coriander
1/2 tbsp red chilli powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 to 6 tbsp of flour (for binding)

How to make:

1. Grind the chickpeas into a coarse paste .
2. In a bowl, mix the chickpea paste with the rest of the ingredients and make batter which is neither too wet or dry.
3. Refrigerate it for couple of hours.
4. Preheat the oven to 375 deg.

5. In a baking tray, spread foil (or) parchment paper and make balls out of the batter. I made them round and flat so that they bake properly.
6. Bake these for 10 minutes, flip them and again for 10 minutes until golden brown.
7. Serve with any chutney or sauce.

...The verdict was - 'Simply Superb' , 'Yummy' and finally 'Good Job'! and I am happy gurl by the end of the day!!!

Off these go to Susan's 'My Legume Love Affair' event.

~ Siri


  1. Great idea to oven bake Siri, looks like yummy hole cutlets!:)
    No probs with header, it's fine. Good luck with loaf girl, that's great!:))

  2. We all love Falafel at our house but the deep frying is what puts me off, this is so cool that it can be baked. Will let you know how I fared.

  3. I love this template. First ,I thought I am not at the right blog. Humm, The healthy patties are yummy.

  4. Great way to make Falafel Siri, and the new template rocks girl! :) Fingers crossed for you to win..

  5. MMM Falafel. You are on a roll since you returned. Will be voting for you. BTW I emailed you...Reply yaar :o)

  6. wow . falafel looks so tempting siri.
    i also try this method to avoid many oily snacks . steamed dumplings of spinach is my favorite among all. now is tot try your falafel.
    i will vote for you ,all the best for winning.

  7. Wow, They look like aloo tikki. Would love to put some dAHI and chutney on that one.

  8. next time we'll try it this way. they look perfect.

  9. I like the baking part of it....looks delicious!

  10. I like the new look Siri, and baked falafel....yummy !

  11. I am HUNGRY! and I jus had my lunch! U deserve to be hit!

  12. I really like this template Siri.. looks nice and bright.
    Oh these falafels look nice and golden brown..Thanks for this oven-baked recipe. Bookmarked to try soon! :)

  13. That is such a great idea- baking it! That's a super healthy, protein-packed snack:-)

  14. oven fried!! thats what caught my eyes!! what a healthy way to make them..

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  16. Just one word for you ! Wow! Wish you can have more of those Sundays where in which you come up with delicious ideas.

  17. they look lovely...can I vote again?..let me check..lemon tea is heavenly too..becoming very healthy!

  18. Siri,I m glad for two reasons!
    1. you hv shared a baked filafal recipe(the local ones are green n deep fried in olive oil!)so tks a ton.. bookmarked in 'to b tried soon'!
    2. I just voted for you, and my one vote has put u over Voodolily by one vote! that makes me glad, readers kindly vote for Siri!..Wishing you the first place with all my heart! ATB-(All the best! :D )

  19. Oven fried?? Now thats my kind of recipe!!! they look so good siri!!

  20. I have made the falafel long back like this since I have the same aversion to deep frying - thanks for the reminder!

    Your lentil loaf definitely deserves to won and Im going over there right now and voting!

    The new blog template looks awesome!

  21. @ All my dear friends,

    Thanks a ton dearies for your input over the new look ..:) and I am so happy that you all like these Oven Baked Falafels. Do try them and let me know how they turned out to be. I will be more than glad to know..:D


  22. Voted and its no longer that neck to neck, you have a goodish lead!

    Good luck!

  23. Siri, I am sorry to see you leave the event. It is unfortuante things like this have to happen. I realize now, I need to be more clear about rules for voting. Sorry this had to happen. Have a great trip.

  24. Nice template Siri

    oven baked wow this must be delicious...

  25. i am really sorry about how unfortunate everything has turned out to be!!! all the best girl!! i still u won...keeping in mind the concept of the Joust..which is to create new things!! :):)

  26. You put up a great fight, Siri, and are a VERY worthy competitor! Best of luck in March. :)

  27. Falafel looks yummy ... nice evening snack. :-)

  28. Yummy looking cutlet type snack :) Is falafel same as the hummus? i mean the mixture you grind ? I have never made these, but i have heard that hummus is something which is made with ground chickpeas.

  29. hey this is really nice idea to bake instaed of deep frying

  30. Love Falafel and this is a really good idea to bake instead of fry!

    I liked your new header, but prefer the earlier lighter template!


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