I simply love Falafel! When I’m in the city and looking for a quick snack I often opt for a falafel wrap, but when I’m at home I want to make a healthier version, also I’m not too keen on frying because of the enormous amount of oil one needs, so an oven baked alternative is the way to go! These Falafel with Cilantro are gluten-free, vegan (duh! obviously) & completely oil-free!
Since my boyfriend brought home a cilantro-plant, I’ve been putting cilantro on pretty much anything and I love it! In the beginning I had a hard time liking cilantro and now I can’t stop eating. I even snack plain cilantro leaves when nobody is looking! Of course I had to put cilantro in the falafel as well! It’s such a delicious combination. If you don’t like cilantro feel free to leave it out or to substitute it with parsley.
Getting the Falafel mixture right is sometimes a bit tricky – but you can simply add in more water & chickpea flour until you can form the little Falafel balls. I like to eat my Falafels in Wraps, in Curries, snack them in between, on couscous or on a salad. How you do you prefer to eat your Falafel?
- Put the dry chickpeas in a large bowl, cover with enough water (the chickpeas will double in size!) and let them sit covered overnight.
- On the next day pre-heat the oven to 400°F/200°C.
- Peel the onions and garlic cloves. Put them in a food processor and chop.
- In a non-stick pan slowly glaze the chopped onions, garlic & cumin, put the lid on and let them on low heat for about 10-15 minutes while stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile drain the chickpeas and then work in batches by adding the first batch into the food processor and chop until the pieces are really small (you don't want to make hummus). In one batch add in the cilantro to chop it as well. Repeat until all the chickpeas are broken up. Transfer everything to a huge bowl.
- Add the lemon juice, cayenne pepper, salt, ground pepper, baking powder and the glazed onions and garlic. Mix well.
- Add in the chickpea flour and water.
- Mix the chickpea mixture well and form little balls. If the dough does not stick together enough, add more chickpea flour and water.
- Put the falafel on a baking tray and put them in the oven for about 25 minutes or until they turn golden.
- Enjoy them on a salad, couscous, in wraps, curries or whatever you can think of!
When your defrosted Falafel turn out dry, this Falafel Curry recipe is perfect, because they'll get soft again!
Should you decide to give these Oil-Free Oven Baked Falafel with Cilantro a try I’d love to hear how it went! Write me a comment or post a picture on instagram, use the hashtag #elephantasticvegan and tag me via @elephantasticvegan to make sure I’ll see it ^.^ I love to see all your lovely creations! Thanks! <3