- 2 cups Roughly chopped white onion
- 6 Garlic Cloves
- 2 cups Cooked Chickpeas (canned)
- 1 cup Fresh Parsley (lightly packed)
- 1 cup Fresh Cilantro (lightly packed)
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Chili Powder
- 2 tsp Cumin
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- 1/2 cup All-porpose flour
- Pita Bread or Tortillas for serving
I believe that there are staple vegetarian foods that everyone loves. This includes French fries, bean dip, baby carrots, and FALAFEL! Falafel is one of those things that if I see it on a menu I have to order it. In the town that I live in we only have two places that serves it. My favorite place is remodeling at the time of writing this, so I am SOL.
You have to eat Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce. It wouldn’t be right if you didn’t. You also should know that this food is very versatile. Its not just a side dish or appetizer. You can make it into a sandwich or add it to soup.
As a meal this is a great vegetarian source of protein. If you look at my protein spreadsheet you will see that you get 15 grams of protein per serving of Chickpeas and 11 grams of protein per serving with the Greek yogurt, which is the main ingredient in the Tzatziki, sauce. So bake these and eat them guilt free!
Add the onion and garlic cloves to the bowl of a food processor and pulse just until they are finely minced.
Remove the mixture and set aside for later.
Add the chickpeas, parsley, cilantro, salt, chili powder, and cumin to the bowl of the food processor and pulse until they are roughly blended but not pureed.
Return the onion mixture to the food processor, along with the baking powder and just enough flour so that when you pulse the processor, the mixture begins to form a small ball and is not sticky. (Note: Start by adding ¼ cup of flour, and then the remaining ¼ cup. You can add more if the mixture is still too wet.)
Transfer the falafel mixture to a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for about an hour. You just want it to firm up.
Set the over on Bake at 400 degrees. Once the falafel mixture has chilled, use two spoon to scoop and create a sharp egg shape and place on parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
I like to bake mine. I swear they taste just as good. Bake for 15 to 18 mins until the tasty morsels are golden.
Serve with tzatziki sauce.