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How to Oven Bake Falafel

author image Jared Paventi
Jared Paventi is the communications director for a disease-related nonprofit in the Northeast. He holds a master's degree from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and a bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure University. He also writes a food appreciation blog: Al Dente.
How to Oven Bake Falafel
Falafel is made from pureed chickpeas.

Falafel is a finger food popular in Arabic counties and nations on the Mediterranean Sea. Zaibak Bros., a Chicago-based falafel manufacturer, writes that the chickpea and spice patty is thought to have originated in Egypt. Falafel is a favorite of vegetarians and vegans because it contains no meat but is high in protein. Typically deep-fried until crisp, falafel can be baked for a healthier choice.

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Step 1

Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Combine chickpeas, onion, parsley, cilantro, garlic, cumin, lemon juice and salt in a food processor. Pulse until chopped and combined.

Step 2

Add baking powder and flour, and pulse until flour is combined. Test the dough by taking a tablespoon's worth and trying to form a ball. If the dough falls apart, add an additional tablespoon of flour to the food processor and pulse a few more times.

Step 3

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 4

Form falafel balls using the tablespoon and rolling the dough in your hands. Flatten the falafel patty between your palms until 1/2 inch thick, and then place on a baking sheet covered in nonstick aluminum foil.

Step 5

Bake patties for 15 minutes. Turn and bake an additional 15 minutes.

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