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Baked Falafel Patties with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce

I love these meatless Baked Falafel Patties with a delicious Yogurt-Tahini Sauce, and this baked Falafel is also low-glycemic and South Beach Diet Phase Two. If you like Falafel, now you can make them at home! Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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Baked Falafel Patties with a delicious Yogurt-Tahini Sauce found on KalynsKitchen.com.

This recipe for Baked Falafel Patties with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce brings back memories of years ago when a Mediterranean restaurant opened in Salt Lake City and I had my first taste of Falafel. The traditional round balls of deep-fried Falafel at the restaurant were served inside pita bread, with a yogurt-tahini sauce on the side. The restaurant called it Falafel Sandwich, maybe to accommodate the Utah crowd who wasn’t familiar with this type of food. Now Salt Lake has a number of restaurants that serve Falafel, and I love to order it.

So, Thank You Very Much to a reader named Jamie, who sent me this Falafel recipe from Epicurious.com; I was immediately interested in trying it. Jamie said she thought falafel might be South Beach Diet friendly, and when she searched to see if I had a recipe for it, she saw a comment where I said I hadn’t tried making it yet.

Back in the old days I had no idea that Falafel was made from chickpeas, but the fact that they’re made with one of my favorite low-glycemic foods was only part of the reason I loved this recipe, made even more healthy by using whole wheat flour and baking the Falafel patties. I loved the flavor of this, and I tried it out on my neighbors Todd and Michelle, who also gave it a big thumbs-up!

Baked Falafel Patties with a delicious Yogurt-Tahini Sauce found on KalynsKitchen.com.

Soak dried chickpeas for eight hours or overnight is even better. Be sure to plan for the expanding of the chickpeas as they soak up the liquid; my bowl was nearly too small!

Baked Falafel Patties with a delicious Yogurt-Tahini Sauce found on KalynsKitchen.com.Drain chickpeas well, then put in food processor with chopped onion, chopped parsley, chopped cilantro, salt, garlic, and cumin.

Baked Falafel Patties with a delicious Yogurt-Tahini Sauce found on KalynsKitchen.com.Using steel blade, pulse the mixture until it is well-chopped and blended, but not completely pureed together. Then sprinkle in baking powder and flour and pulse a few more times until those ingredients are mixed in. Test to see if a ball of the mixture sticks together, and if not you may need a bit more flour.

Baked Falafel Patties with a delicious Yogurt-Tahini Sauce found on KalynsKitchen.com.Remove the mixture to a plastic bowl with a tight-fitting lid and chill several hours. (I actually chilled it overnight and baked the Falafel the next day.)

Baked Falafel Patties with a delicious Yogurt-Tahini Sauce found on KalynsKitchen.com.When ready to bake, form mixture into thin patties, pressing together well with your hands. I made 12 patties from the amount in this recipe, and decided three patties is about one serving. Bake at 400F, turning once, until Falafel is lightly browned on both sides (about 22-26 minutes.) Serve warm, with yogurt-tahini sauce if desired.

Baked Falafel Patties with a delicious Yogurt-Tahini Sauce found on KalynsKitchen.com.

Baked Falafel Patties with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce
(Makes 12 Falafel patties and 1 cup of Yogurt-Tahini Sauce. Falafel recipe from The Foods of Israel Today, found on Epicurious.com by a reader named Jamie, and slightly adapted by Kalyn. Yogurt-Tahini Sauce found in Falafel Bliss at One Hot Stove, who got it from pastagirl9, a reviewer on Epicurious.)

1 cup dried chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans)
1 cup chopped onion
4 T chopped parsley (original recipe called for 2 T)
4 T chopped cilantro (original recipe called for 2 T)
1 tsp. salt
4 cloves minced garlic (about 2 tsp.)
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. baking powder
4 T whole wheat flour (or more, if the balls don’t stick together well enough)
olive oil, for spraying baking sheet

Soak dried chickpeas in cold water for at least 8 hours, or over night. After chickpeas are well-softened, drain well.

Put chickpeas, onion, parsley, cilantro, salt, garlic, and cumin into bowl of a food processor with the steel blade attached. Pulse until mixture is well-chopped and combined, but not pureed together. Sprinkle over baking powder and flour and pulse a few more times to combine. Test one ball to see if mixture holds together, and if not add more flour until it does. (I didn’t need to add more flour.) Put mixture into a plastic bowl with a tight-fitting lid and chill several hours or overnight.

When ready to bake Falafel, preheat oven or toaster oven to 400F. (I sprayed the baking sheet with olive oil and preheated the pan too, to get the outside of the Falafel extra crisp.)

Shape the mixture into 12 balls, pressing each one flat with your hands and forming into a patty not quite 1/2 inch thick. Put patties on pan and bake until lightly browned and cooked through. (Jamie baked them about 22 minutes; I was using a toaster oven and baked mine about 26 minutes, turning after 13 minutes.) Serve warm, with Yogurt-Tahini sauce if desired. Falafel is often served with Middle Eastern Tomato Salad.

Yogurt-Tahini Sauce
(I adapted the sauce recipe slightly so it had more yogurt and less tahini, but make it to your own taste.)
2/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt (I used my favorite Greek yogurt)
1/3 cup Tahini Sauce (sold in Middle Eastern stores or health food stores, usually near the peanut butter)
2 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
salt to taste
2-3 T water to thin sauce if desired
(I sprinkled the sauce with a little sumac, purely optional)

Using a whisk or mini-processor, combine ingredients. Add water as desired until it’s as thin as you prefer. (I added about 2 T of water.) Serve with Falafel patties.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:

These Falafel patties with the Yogurt-Tahini sauce and Middle Eastern Tomato Salad would be a great choice for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet, or suitable for any low-glycemic eating plan. For a lower-carb version of falafel, you could use almond meal instead of flour, and I think that would be a delicious variation.

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More Bloggers who Made Falafel:

(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients. I focused on recipes that started with dried chickpeas.)

Falafel Bliss from One Hot Stove (The same recipe from Epicurious, but Nupur made fried balls.)

Falafel from Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska

Fantastic Falafels from Green Gourmet Giraffe

An Easy Falafel Recipe from The Hummus Blog

Baked Falafel Patties with a delicious Yogurt-Tahini Sauce found on KalynsKitchen.com.
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68 comments on “Baked Falafel Patties with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce”

  1. I made this! Delicious! The trades I made based on what I had in my pantry. 1 can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed. I didn’t have the fresh herbs, so I used dried instead. The taste was probably not quite as good, but it was still good. Thanks for the great recipe!

  2. This is my first successful attempt to make falafel. It's also the first time I used dried chickpeas instead of canned. I'm hooked!! This goes into my list of lunch favorites now. Obviously you did your homework and created success. Thank you.!

  3. Well I am pretty happy to hear it works with canned chickpeas, as I'm guessing that will be easier for most people. Thanks for reporting that!

  4. Like a previous poster, I used canned chickpeas. Other than this pretty big deviation, I followed your recipe for the patties word for word. Boy, did we enjoy them!Thanks a lot.

  5. Ishay, thanks for those tips!

  6. Hello everyone! I know it is a rather old post but here is a tip you're going to thank me for:

    There is no need for flour at all: if you want the mixture to hold itself without breaking apart, simply add one to three tablespoons of sesame paste (preferably made of whole sesame seeds). It will add a bit of fat (good fat!) but will also enhance both taste and texture.

    Another tip: try to add one small, peeled raw sweet potato to the food processor's bowl. It gives it an incredible twist. I like to also add one to two green chili peppers, without the seeds. And never be stingy with coriander! Hope this helps to make this wonderful recipe even more rich and scrumptious 🙂

  7. Glad you found the recipe again. And I LOVE the idea of using a silicone muffin pan to shape and cook them!

  8. I've been using this recipe for years and I lost track of your website. Today after making them, I was searching for a Falafel sauce and here you are again! I can't believe it, my family and I love these baked falafels!!!! Since we are gluten free now, we just omit the flour or use tapioca flour. Comes out the same just a little better you and we also put them in a silicon muffin mold, this way they all come out the same size.

  9. Karimhanin, sure, you are always welcome to link to the recipe.

  10. Hi Kalyn, I came across your blog today while searching for baked falafel recipe. I would like to link your recipe to my blog if you don't mind.

    Thanking you in advance

  11. Fun to hear that it worked to cook this in a crockpot.

  12. I cook mine in my crockpot 2-5 hours and they are usually done in 3. It's crazy how science works but they brown on all sides and it if it is hot outside your kitchen doesn't heat up.

  13. Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

  14. Whimsy, you MUST get a food processor. So many uses for it.

    (And thanks, but trust me, I have NO ambitions of being on TV at all!)

  15. Okay, you're gonna make me do it. You;re gonna make me have to buy a food processor just so I can try these. It's all your fault.

    You are far better than anyone I've seen on Food Network TV. Seriously.

    You should be on their radar, for sure.

  16. Mub, it's just a guess but I think the uncooked chickpeas might be more likely to need flour to stick together than your cooked ones. Love to hear how it works if you do try it without flour. I love this recipe!

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