Baked Falafel

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Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from chickpeas, fava beans, or a mixture of both. It originated from Egypt before spreading to the Middle East. It became a popular street food there, then spread worldwide because of its versatility, and is now very popular as a substitute for other unhealthy street and fast food. Mine is easy to make, delicious and baked not deep fried. I added spinach to boost their nutritional value.

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Ingredients

For: 8 falafels

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, grease or spray with oil, and set aside.
  4. Place chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, spinach, lemon juice, flaxseeds, cumin, coriander, cayenne and salt in a food processor.
  5. Pulse until well blended.
  6. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and adjust the taste.
  7. Shape mixture into balls and flatten to 1/2 inch thickness.
  8. Place patties on baking sheet
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, turning halfway or until golden brown.
  10. Delicious served with tahini sauce, recipe below!
Tahini Sauce
  1. Combine tahini, lemon juice, garlic, water, allspice and salt in a bowl, stirring to form a thick creamy sauce. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe notes

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