Thursday, April 23, 2009

Baked Falafel in Pita with Tzatziki


For dinner tonight, I decided to make falafel. I've had falafel in restaurants, but never made it at home. The main reason is because I don't like frying food. I love taking normally fried foods and finding a way to bake them and get similar results. I used this recipe from FoodNetwork.com I followed the directions up until frying, where I baked it.
I served this with Tzatziki, which I've made in the past and love! This time I used Oikos plain yogurt, which made it thicker and better.

Baked Falafel in Pita with Tzatziki

1 can garbanzo beans, drained and patted dry
1/2 small onion, roughly chopped (about 1/2 cup)
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves, about a handful

6 pita breads
Tomato slices
Lettuce leaves
Tzatziki

Combine all falafel ingredients except oil in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade.
Pulse mixture until coarsely ground.
Transfer to a bowl or container and refrigerate, covered, for several hours.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
Form the falafel mixture into 6 balls.
Place on a foil lined, nonstick sprayed baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes, turn, bake for another 5.
Place in a pita and serve.

9 comments:

cookingkatie said...

mmm...reminds me of the fast food we had in Israel

bakinandeggs said...

This looks great and I love that you baked it instead of frying. I think we may try this for dinner next week. Yum!

Elyse said...

Mmm, I love falafel! And I love that you baked these. How delicious! Great job.

brannyboilsover said...

Great job.

kitchenbelle said...

Baking it is a great idea! Were you happy with the results?

Debbie said...

These look yummy...never had them before but would love to try them now!

Joelen said...

These look great and I love that you baked the falafel - so much healthier!

Joanne said...

I love falafel also for an every-so-often deep fried treat. There's actually a place in NY that bakes the falafel and they are great also. It's actually the only deep-fried food that I eat. I have been dying to make it at home, thanks for sharing the recipe!

Kelly said...

That looks awesome. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the sweet potato fries. I will have to make it with your makeover. That sounds so much healthier than the original version.