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Baked falafel

We got a couple of cucumbers in our box this week, and while I’m not a big fan of raw cucumbers, I love tzatziki sauce. So for whatever reason, I decided to try to make falafel, since I was recently introduced to it by a vegetarian friend. I wanted to cut down on the fat content a bit, so I took another reviewer’s advice to bake the patties instead of frying. We were very happy with the results. We served the pitas alongside these potatoes, which were super good also.

Baked falafel, adapted from this recipe
1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 egg
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1 dash pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup dry bread crumbs
4 pita pockets
1 medium tomato
1 (6 ounce) container plain yogurt
1/2 cucumber – peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon mayonnaise

In a large bowl mash chickpeas until thick and pasty; don’t use a blender, as the consistency will be too thin. In a blender, process onion, parsley and garlic until smooth. Stir into mashed chickpeas.
n a small bowl combine egg, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, cayenne, lemon juice and baking powder. Stir into chickpea mixture along with olive oil. Slowly add bread crumbs until mixture is not sticky but will hold together; add more or less bread crumbs, as needed. Form 8 balls and then flatten into patties.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and bake patties for 10 minutes on each side, spraying patties with cooking spray before flipping. Then broil for a minute on each side or until nicely browned.
In a small bowl combine yogurt, cucumber, dill, salt, pepper and mayonnaise. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
Serve two patties per pita, topped with sauce and diced tomato

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August 4, 2008 at 1:28 pm 1 comment


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