So lets get garbanzo high!
Go for some rich protein, complex carbohydrate, good fiber for lowering cholesterol and diabetics.. But if you would like to reap the full health benefit of making falafel baked then I would suggest to go for the real dried chick peas,soaked and cooked by u.Trust me the fresh cooked chickpeas make a world of difference in taste and texture compared to canned ones. U could pressure cook it like I did.
Soak dried chick peas in boiling water to speed up the soaking process.
Avoid big brands -they have been sitting there too long and gone stale.
Makes around 15 -16 medium sized falafels.
Ingredients for Baked Falafel :
Garbanzo beans/ chick peas – 1 cup cooked or one 15 oz can
Parsley – a small bunch roughly chopped
Red onion – 1 small roughly chopped
Garlic- 6-8 flakes (reduce if u don’t want it to overpower)
Cumin- 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 1tsp
Black pepper-1 tsp
Chili powder or paprika pd – 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
White sesame seeds – 2 tsp
If dried chick peas is used -Soak the chick peas over night and pressure cook it until soft not mushy. Discard the water or use it for other purposes like soups kneading dough etc.
In a blender or food processor crush the chick peas to get a head start then throw in all the rest of the ingredients and grind it to a coarse consistency. (Not paste) Do not add any water.
Scoop a little dough roll it then flatten it.
Spread some sesame on a plate pat both sides of the falafel with the seeds.
On a greased baking tray lay then the flattened falafel .
Bake in a preheated oven at 400 F for 15-18 minutes on the first side then turn and bake for another 5-8 minutes greasing the top of the falafel with some olive oil on both sides.
Serve warm along with Tahini or Hummus.
Keep remaining refrigerated for a day or two. Sprinkle some water and microwave before serving.
Ingredients for Hummus:
Olive oil- 1-2 tbsp
Paprika – a pinch (I used chili powder cos I wanted some heat)
Tahini sauce– 1 tbsp (click on tahini for the recipe)
Salt to taste
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