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Baked Falafel

A healthy Baked Falafel sandwich packed with nutrients and tahini sauce.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Middle-Eastern
Diet Healthy, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Whole Wheat
Servings: 6 falafels
Calories: 277kcal

Ingredients

Baked Falafel

  • 15 ounce can organic chickpeas rinsed & drained
  • 1 small onion
  • large handful fresh cilantro
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 green chilies
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup desi atta Indian flour or white flour

Middle-Eastern Salad

  • 1 large cucumber peeled & diced
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • fresh cilantro to taste

Assemble Falafel Sandwich

  • 3 whole-wheat pita bread baked & warmed
  • 1 tbsp herbed tahini diluted with water, I like Trader Joe's brand
  • 1/3 cup fresh spinach chopped
  • 3 baked falafel pieces
  • 2 spoonfuls middle-eastern salad
  • 1/2 tbsp herbed tahini diluted with water, I like Trader Joe's
  • hot sauce optional

Instructions

Make the Falafel

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Combine all the Baked Falafel ingredients in a food processor.
  • Pulse, but don't blend until smooth. This is what you should have.
  • Using a mini-scoop, form little balls and place them on a baking tray.
  • Into the oven for 25 minutes, flipping halfway.
  • Once done, this is what you should have. Set aside.

Prepare the Middle-Eastern Salad

  • Chop cucumber, tomatoes, and onions. Add olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper.
  • Top with fresh cilantro. Mix well. Set aside.

Assemble Falafel Sandwich

  • Bake half a whole-wheat pita in a toaster oven - bake for a couple of minutes at 400 degrees.
  • Take a dollop of tahini and dilute it with water. I love Trader Joe's Herbed Tahini. It's so fresh.
  • Add tahini to the inside of a baked pita.
  • Fill with fresh spinach leaves.
  • Add 3 pieces of baked falafel.
  • Add 2 spoonfuls of the middle-eastern salad you prepared. Finally, top with diluted tahini sauce.
  • Optional: top with hot sauce - I like Siracha and Frank's Red Hot Sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 956mg | Potassium: 453mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 584IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 3mg
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