Baked Falafel

Everytime I cook Chhole or anything related to that, I end up having leftover boiled chickpeas in stock! This time when I pressure-cooked it specially to make ‘Chhola Pulao‘ and of course, I was very accurate on my measurements (that’s what I felt) and what happened… I had 2 cups of cooked chickpeas in a container :P

Well, I usually plan to re-use them in salads but this time, I wanted to utilize it some other way! But again, making tikkis or patties will take me to that unhealthy zone :( So decided to go with something that I can bake! Meanwhile, I talked to my mum on call and she was telling me about something that she loved eating during their trip to states… And I immediately got an idea :)

‘Baked Falafel’ are super simple to make and I enjoyed it with Yogurt DipΒ only, but it goes pretty well with pita bread too. Crunchy chickpeas and lovely aroma of fresh herbs just made my evening super-exciting! My mistake, it was a bit more salty in taste :P But overall, a healthy snack we had!!!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Chickpeas, cooked
2-3 tbsp Parsley, chopped
2 tsp coriander, chopped
2 tbsp Onion, chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 tsp Cumin Powder
1/4 tsp Black Pepper Powder
Salt, to taste

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STEPS TO FOLLOW:

  1. Take all the ingredients in a bowl and mash them all together.Alternatively, you can use food processor to grind them.
  2. Make lemon sized balls out of it and flatten them a little to give a tikki shape.
  3. Arrange them in lined baking tray, drizzle some olive oil over them.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 mins on 200 degrees. Turn them once in between.
  5. Serve hot with Green Chutney or make Falafel Wrap or Pita Burger.
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