Falafels

Falafels with Mint Yogurt Dip

This is a healthy, baked version of the traditional deep fried falafel, that delivers just as much flavour, with a lot fewer calories.

An absolutely delicious blend of chickpeas, spices and fresh herbs, served in a warm pitta with crunchy salad and a cool refreshing minted dip. And all vegan too!

This recipe is so quick and easy to make, you can whip it up in just 5 minutes and it takes just 15 minutes to cook.

Falafels (3)

Just pop everything into a jug, blend together, shape into balls and bake! If you aren’t watching your weight or prefer them fried, then you can just shallow fry them for a few minutes each side instead of baking – they are great either way.

For the best flavour use fresh herbs, but if you can’t get them then dried ones will work too.

A yummy lunch the whole family will enjoy.

Falafels

Falafels with mint yogurt dip

A healthy, delicious oven baked version of this middle eastern classic.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Side Dishes, Snacks, Lunches
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Fat, Vegan
Keyword: chickpeas
Servings: 4 people
Author: B

Equipment

  • Stick blender or food processor
  • Baking tray

Ingredients

The Falafels

  • 2 400g tins chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium brown onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • pinch dried chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp ras el hanout (or Moroccan spice mix, optional)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 handful chopped fresh coriander (or 3 tsp dried)
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional but tasty)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Minted Yogurt

  • 200ml plain, Greek style soya yogurt (about half a tub)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint (or 2 tsp dried)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic puree
  • salt and pepper to taste

To Serve

  • shredded red or white cabbage
  • salad leaves
  • grated carrot
  • 4 wholemeal pittas

Instructions

The Falafels

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan)
  • Mix the ingredients together in a bowl and mix. Then transfer ingredients in a jug and blend with a stick blender (or use a food processor) until smooth, but with a few chunks left.
  • Shape the mixture into circular patties, you should get 8 -12, depending on size.
  • Grease a baking tray and the spread the falafels out on the tray. Brush with a little oil.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden, turning over half way through the cooking time.
  • (Alternatively you can fry them in a little oil on both sides until golden and crispy)

Minted Yougurt Dip

  • Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate until ready.

To Serve

  • Toast the pittas and slide open, all mixed crunchy salad leaves. shredded cabbage, tomato and the yogurt dip. Add the Falafels, and enjoy!
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2 Comments

  1. Karina Lindfield

    Oh my! This falafel recipe was lovely. Even my food fussy 7 year old had two helpings and said they were “yummy”.
    I cooked the patties for a bit longer that recommended as I like my falafel golden brown.

    If you haven’t tried the mint dip with beetroot, give it a go the two tastes work beautifully together.

    • Hi Karina, so glad you and your family liked them! I will definitely give the beetroot dip idea a try, sounds delicious. B

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