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baked falafel arranged on a white plate.

Baked Falafel

Katerina | Diethood
Made with garbanzo beans, tahini, garlic, cilantro, and more, Baked Falafel are a satisfying vegetarian dish that can be served in all kinds of delicious ways.
Servings : 4
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins


For the Falafel
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans, well rinsed and drained
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups cilantro leaves, packed
For the Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup pork rind crumbs, or you can use regular panko crumbs
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
For Serving
  • Pita Bread, for serving
  • cucumber slices, for serving
  • tomatoes, for serving


  • Place a baking sheet in the oven and preheat the oven to 450˚F with the baking sheet inside.
  • Meanwhile, in a food processor combine garbanzo beans, chopped onion, garlic cloves, cilantro leaves, tahini, cumin, cayenne, salt, and pepper; process until finely chopped and the mixture holds together.
  • Scrape the mixture into a mixing bowl.
  • Stir in the pork rind crumbs.
  • Pinch off from the mixture to make 12 balls or patties.
  • Using oven mitts, remove the baking sheet from the oven and grease the baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Arrange the patties on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Flip over the patties and continue to bake for 10 more minutes, or until golden and crisp.
  • In the meantime, prepare the Tahini Sauce by combining tahini, warm water, and lemon juice in a bowl; whisk until creamy.
  • Season with salt and pepper; taste and adjust with more salt, if needed. If it’s too thick, add a little more warm water until you reach desired consistency.
  • Remove falafel from oven and transfer to a serving plate.
  • Serve the falafel with warm pita bread, cucumber slices, and tahini sauce.


Serving: 3 falafel | Calories: 253 kcal | Carbohydrates: 23 g | Protein: 11 g | Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5 g | Cholesterol: 2 mg | Sodium: 342 mg | Potassium: 356 mg | Fiber: 6 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 631 IU | Vitamin C: 10 mg | Calcium: 89 mg | Iron: 3 mg | Net Carbs: 17 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Appetizer/Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
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