Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern dish that has been around for centuries. Falafel are usually fried in oil, but we baked ours to cut down on the fat and calories. They’re also low-carb! We drizzled our falafels with homemade tzatziki sauce, which is made from Greek yogurt and cucumber. Serve these delicious falafels as part of your next meal prep or party!
How to make this meal
The taste of this dish is reminiscent of falafel but instead it’s baked in a skillet. The texture was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. When you add some tzatziki sauce, like they did at Souvlaki Grills, then that provides all sorts of flavors! I liked how my hands didn’t get as messy either because with regular fried falafels there is always grease everywhere.
- 2 15 oz cans of chickpeas
- 3 Tbsp of flour (I used whole wheat, but you can use regular or gluten free)
- 4 Tbsp of tahini paste
- 1/2 large shallot
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 cup of flat leaf parsley
- 1/4 cup of cilantro
- Juice of 1 lemon, about 3 Tbsp
- 1 tsp of cumin
- 1 tsp of corriander
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1/4 tsp of pepper
- 2 Tbsp of olive oil
- 1 Tbsp (maybe more) water
Step by step Cooking Instructions
- In a food processor, add in the flour and all of the spices (cumin, coriander, salt and pepper). Pulse. Add in the shallot and garlic cloves to your spice mix. Process on high until you have smooth mixture that isn’t powdery or gritty feeling anymore. Transfer this mixture into a bowl with chickpeas, tahini paste, lemon juice and parsley leaves gently folded into it. Mix everything together well so that there are no clumps of dry ingredients left behind.
- Grease up a baking dish with olive oil then pour falafel batter onto greased pan evenly distributing dough out for best results when cooking time is over. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes-25 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan.
- Cook tzatziki sauce on stovetop over medium-high heat until it starts boiling and becomes thicker in consistency, usually around three to five minutes. Serve falafel with pita bread or flatbread cut into wedges, feta cheese crumbled on top of everything else (optional), and finally drizzle your warm tzatziki sauce over it all.
Tips and tricks
- Tip: we recommend using a baking dish for the cornflakes to be evenly distributed.
- Trick: when you start cooking your tzatziki sauce, let it boil and thicken before removing from heat so that it doesn’t become too watery in consistency or else falafel will not stick together as desired.
- Tip: try serving this meal with warm pita bread instead of flatbread if you’re looking for something more crispy after being baked.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my recipe for Baked Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce. I love to experiment in the kitchen and share all of my creations on this blog, so be sure to bookmark or subscribe! If you wanna try Italian cuisine, make sure to try this Spinach and Ricotta Gnudi Recipe, it’s perfect choice for vegetarian days! If you have any questions about a specific ingredient or need help cooking it, please feel free to leave me a comment. Happy cooking!