You don't have to deep fry these Middle Eastern treats - they taste just as good, and healthy oven baked. This crispy oven baked falafel recipe is really easy to make and tastes amazing! Healthy, nutritious and low cost!
Oven Baked Falafel
When I was a vegetarian (this "phase" went on for 10 years, and I started eating meat again last August for health reasons), I practically lived off falafel. These Middle Eastern balls of nom, as one of the HHH Facebook followers referred to them as, are usually deep-fried, so they are far from healthy. That is such a shame because they are pretty much just made of chick peas and herbs and spices with a little flour. They are so easy to make healthier, and not everything that is deep-fried has to be deep fried. You can pretty much bake everything. You won't get that exact same crispy texture, but don't you eat food for the flavour and taste? Not just the texture?
You can have these as part of a main meal, along with something like couscous, but they also make a great post-workout snack as they are protein packed.
How to make Oven Baked Falafel - Makes 7:
Oven Baked Falafel
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 0.5 onion diced
- 400 g tinned chickpeas
- 3 tbsp fresh parsley
- 2 garlic cloves crushed
- 1 tsp lemon (juice only)
- 0.25 tsp cumin
- 0.25 tsp paprika
- 20 g plain flour
- Pinch sea salt and black pepper
- Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the onion. Cook on low for 2-3 minutes until the onions has softened and then allow to cool.
- Put the onions in a food processor with the rest of the ingredients and pulse. You can pulse until smooth, or leave a few chunks in it.
- Form the mixture in to 12 patties and put on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
- Brush with olive oil and bake in a preheated oven at 200 C for 30 minutes.
Today I took my friend Laura to Australasia for lunch as part of her birthday present. It is voted one of the best restaurants in the city and it is pretty classy.
Seeing as it was lunch, I went with the intention just to have a water to drink, but we ended up having a cocktail to celebrate, because I just became an aunty to the most gorgeous baby in the world. So we had to wet the babies head. I had a mango margarita.
Our food was amazing and I had satay chicken on coconut noodles and lemon grass and tom yum fish cakes.I apologise for the blurriness, I am still getting used to getting my huge camera out in restaurants to take photos of my food. I was hoping they would think I was reviewing the restaurant and send us over more free food or something. No such luck!
Any of you out there aunties or uncles? Any tips?