Baked Falafel Recipe | How to make baked falafels | Easy falafels recipe [Video]

Easy Baked Chickpea Falafel Recipe. Falafels are usually deep fried patties made of chickpeas or other beans and are a popular snack in the region around Middle East. These vegan and gluten free falafels are made from chickpeas and are baked. They are healthier than the deep fried ones. Baked falafels are a perfect addition to buddha bowls, wraps and pita pockets.

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baked chickpea falafel wraps

We love falafels and hummus. If we could swim in a tub of hummus, we would. The silky-smooth, nutty savory goodness is meant for slathering and swimming in, it really is. Hummus is something I make quite often, it is so easy to make and tastes great with so many things. My favorite meal is really just taking some roti or chapati and slathering the hummus and adding a few julienned veggies like carrots, cucumber, tomato and colored peppers and rolling it up to make a delicious wrap. Lunch, done!!
But the thing I love and don't make enough of is Falafels. These crispy balls/patties of chickpeas are so delicious, yet I've generally avoided making them because deep-frying is not something I like to do too often. But all that has changed since I started baking them.

Baked falafels are really easy to make, healthy and freeze well. These baked falafels are made from soaked dried chickpeas, giving them the perfect texture on the inside. The recipe was the batter is the same as the fried ones, just this is baked, so you are not losing out on taste or texture. 

Making these falafels requires a little planning, just enough time to soak the dried chickpeas. They need a good 8-10 hours soak to become soft and achieve the right texture. If you have this planning done, then you really don't need to do much. The soaked chickpeas are drained, and blended with coriander leaves, onion, cumin, red chilli powder or paprika, salt and oil to get a stiff batter that can be shaped. The falafels are shaped into a patty as they bake better that way instead of a ball.

These baked falafels are the perfect addition to buddha bowls, curries, pita pockets and wraps.

baked chickpea falafel wraps

How to freeze baked falafels?

Once the falafels are baked, allow them to cool completely. Once cooled, you can either place them in a ziploc bag in a layer and freeze them horizontally or place in a freezer friendly plastic box and freeze. These will easily stay good for 1-2 weeks. 

To use frozen falafels, microwave on high until they are warm on the inside. I like to leave them out on the kitchen counter for 1-2 hours before I microwave. You can also pan fry them until they are warm on the inside.

My Falafel Wrap

 The pictures I have posted is of the falafel wrap I built with the baked falafels. 

The wrap has the following:
- Homemade pita bread
- Hummus
- Pickled onions
- Shredded red cabbage
- Cherry tomatoes
- Coriander leaves
- Crumbled feta cheese

The options are limitless, you can add different sauces like tzatziki or tahini or even mayo. Pickled radish or carrots will taste great too. Roasted veggies is another way to go. Mint, parsley or your favorite herbs. Pita bread can be replaced with a regular wholewheat roti or even a leftover restaurant garlic naan. Cheese is optional, use your favorite vegan or non vegan soft cheese if you desire. 

baked chickpea falafel wraps

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Baked Falafel Recipe | How to make baked falafels | Easy falafels recipe

baked chickpea falafel wrapsBaked Falafels are baked patties made of chickpeas, coriander, spices and aromatics. Falafels are popular snack in the region around Middle East. These vegan and gluten free. They are healthier than the deep fried ones. Baked falafels are a perfect addition to buddha bowls, wraps and pita pockets.

Recipe Type:  Appetizer
Cuisine:            Middle Eastern
Prep Time:     8 hours
Cook time:     30 minutes
Total time:     8 Hours 30 Minutes
Yield:                14-15 Falafels


1.5 cups dried Chickpeas (Kabuli Chana | Chhole)
1 large Onion
5-6 Garlic cloves
1 cup Coriander leaves
1 Tbsp Cumin Powder
1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
0.25 tsp Baking Soda
6 Tbsp Olive Oil
Salt to taste


1. Soak the dried chickpeas in water for 8 hours or overnight.
2. In the morning, drain the water completely and add to a blender.
3. Add chopped onions, garlic, coriander leaves, baking soda, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, salt and 2-3 Tbsp olive oil. Blend to a coarse batter, you should be able to shape the falafels.
4. If the batter feels wet, add in 1-2 Tbsp Corn starch or corn flour to help it bind.
5. Shape the falafels and place in a single layer on a greased baking sheet.
6. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 180 degree celsius or until done.
7. Serve hot with hummus or use in buddha bowl, wrap or pita pocket.
8. Look at notes above if you are planning to freeze the falafels.

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