Thursday, 18 April 2013

Baked Falafel with Tahini Sauce

Popular Middle East fast food recipe served with tahini sauce and pita bread.


1 cup Chickpeas, soaked overnight      
1 onion, chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, chopped       
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped  
1/4 cup bread crumbs  
1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder  
1/4 tsp black pepper powder   
1/2 tsp chilli flakes       
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste

For Tahini paste

1/3 cup sesame seeds (til)
1/8 cup olive oil
  • Roast the sesame seeds on a tava (griddle) for a few seconds, cool and blend with oil to a smooth paste. (Do not brown)

 For Tahini sauce:

1/2 cup tahini paste
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp olive oil
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 tbsp minced garlic
Salt to taste
1 tsp dried parsley
  •  Blend all the above ingredients until smooth and take out in a small bowl.


  • Drain and put the chickpeas in a mixer jar. Add garlic and onions and grind without adding any water. Transfer into a bowl.
  • Add other ingredients and mix well.
  • Shape the mixture into small balls and flatten slightly.
  • Brush with olive oil on both the sides. Refrigerate them for 1/2 hour to firm the ingredients.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 200 ºC. Grease the baking tray. Cook the falafel for 10 minutes on the first side.
  • Carefully flip them with a spatula and the cook on the second side for 15 more minutes. A light golden crust will appear on the outside.
  • When the falafel is done, serve with tahini sauce and pita bread. 


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    1. ohh wow!!! m sure you would try out..
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  2. Lovely falafel, I love them, I ususally make it home by frying in oil. Now I got your healthier version, next time I will make it oven.
    Thank you for sharing.,

    1. thnx Priya, i hope you wud like baked version also...

  3. wow mouthwatering..the baked falafel looks perfect

  4. Falafel looks super-yummy! So healthy and lovely idea of baking them! :)

  5. That is so much healthier than the fried version Preeti. Love them!

  6. That looks so good Preeti!I must try this baked version.

  7. Perfect and looks more crunchy than fried

  8. Perfect snacks .. Kids will surely love this

  9. Great recipe Preeti... Thanks for sharing :-)

  10. That's a very healthy falafel :) Will try it some day :)

  11. Do we need to boil the chickpeas before grinding them?

    1. thanks for visiting.... no need to boil chickpeas but soaking overnight is necessary..