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Baked Falafel over Lemon Tabouli

Posted Oct 06 2011 10:59am

You may have already gathered from simply looking through my blog that I am absolutely obsessed with middle eastern cuisines! I absolutely love the spices and flavor and the fact that there are so many delicious options for vegans. Ever since I finished off my container of hummus ( two days ago) I have found myself craving the middle eastern flavors of cumin, and the the slight citrus taste of lemon juice, which is why today I decided to do something about it. I decided to create my own middle eastern meal with my absolute two favorite things Falafel and Tabouli! 

I've pretty much always been a Falafel lover, cumin, mashed chickpeas, and spices all mixed together and fried to form one heavenly patty, whats not to love. However, I am still a health conscious eater which is why I know that fried food although delicious is never something you want to much of, which is why I decided to concoct my own version of my favorite middle eastern dish, by making healthy baked Falafel balls!

I also decided to pair it with a delicious lemon tabouli, which was actually quite easy to make and prepare. I decided to prepare this meal ahead of time and let me tell you even at 8:00am the powerful aroma of middle eastern spices wafting through my kitchen continually tempted me. I will admit to trying one falafel ball and having a few bites of tabouli, but it certainly did take some serious will power to resist devouring everything I had made. the verdict = absolutely delicious I definitely recommend these falafel balls, they still have a nice crispy exterior and a soft interior but now you can enjoy them guilt free without all that extra oil.

I feel I should also warn you that I will be going on vacation in 3 days, therefore I am in the midst of cleaning out my fridge, which means I was lacking in some of the ingredients I would normally use, I found substitutes such as dry herbs to use instead. I'll truthfully tell you that the taste definitely was not lacking, surprisingly everything turned out great even without some of the ingredients!

Ingredients for Falafel Balls
1 15 oz can of chickpeas drained and rinsed (put into a bowl of warm water to left soften while you gather and prepare other ingredients)
3 gloves of garlic minsed
1/4 cup of onions chopped
1 tbsp of cumin
1 tbsp of oregano
1/2 tbsp of peperika
2 tbsp of whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/8 tsp of salt

Ingredients for Tabouli
2 cugs of Bulgar
1 cup of parsley ( I used dried parsley, but using fresh herbs is always preferred)
1/2 cup of onion powder ( feel free to used chopped onions)
2 tbsp of garlic powder (or use minced garlic)
1/2 cup of diced tomatoes (unfortunately I had no tomatoes on hand, by they definitely add a fresh flavor and texture to the tabouli)
1 1/2 cup of boiling water
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 tbsp of mint ( I also had no mint on hand but it adds a refreshing flavor to the dish)

Method for making baked Falafel Balls

Preheat oven to 350

In a blender or food processor add together onions, garlic, and chickpeas pulse together for 1 minute, (Mixture should have a chunky consistency)

Add in remaining ingredients to your onions, garlic, and chickpeas, pulse another two minutes (make sure consistency is still thick and chunky)

Using a spoon and your hands, form a ball about 2 inches in width, place on a greased baking sheet (or gently press down using a form to form a patty)

You should get about 10 -12 falafel balls or  patties depending on how big you make them

Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, make sure you flip them over half way through!

Enjoy your delicious crunchy baked falafel!

Method for making Tabouli

Using a mixing bowl begin by mixing together bulgar, parsley, garlic, and onion powder

Add in boiling water and thoroughly mix together (there should be just enough water to ensure that ingredients are moist, if you notice that there is extra liquid, simply drain, at the same time if you notice ingredients are completely dry add in a little more water)

Let sit for about 25 minutes
Add in tomatoes
Add in lemon juice
 Add in Olive Oil

Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Serve this refreshing salad cold

Serve this dish with the cold tabouli salad as the base and top with warm crunchy falafel, the mix of cold and warm ingredients paired with the distinct middle eastern flavors is delicious!

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