Baked or Fried Falafel with Tahini Sauce

This is what we are going to do. We are going to make baked falafels and call it a day… Because then we can stand next to the oven where it’s warm.

Falafels are a favourite of mine, although were fairly elusive for the longest time. This recipe Instead of mashing the mixture in a food processor which creates a paste, I chose to keep it a bit more textured in hopes of having a product that firms up better while baking (because while I love fried falafels, sometimes I want a bit less oil). Keeping your options open is important.

Baked or Fried Falafel with Tahini Sauce

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  • 1 can (540 ml) white beans (navy or white kidney beans)
  • 1 can (540 ml) chick peas
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 bunch scallions (green onions) finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro or parsley
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic
  • sesame seeds for coating
  • Spices:
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cardamon
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp chick pea flour (or any flour you have)
  • Tahini Sauce
  • juice of 1 lemon (~1/4 cup)
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/4-1/3 cup water
  • 2 tsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne



Drain and rinse the beans. Place in a large bowl. Mash with a potato masher until coarsely smashed. You still want to have some texture.


Add the lemon zest, juice, chopped scallions, herbs, garlic, spices, salt, and flour. Mix until well combined. Adjust seasoning to taste.


Form into balls and roll in sesame seeds.


Baking: If baking, place on an oiled baking sheet and drizzle falafels with oil. Bake at 350 degrees F for ~30 minutes. Broil to allow them to become a bit more golden for ~ 5 minutes (keep an eye on them).


Frying: If frying, heat canola or vegetable oil over medium heat until hot. Shallow fry the falafels until golden on all sides (careful when you flip them as they are more delicate). Place on a paper towel to drain excess oil and allow to cool.


To make the tahini sauce, combine all ingredients in a small pot over medium heat and stir until smooth. Adjust the water content to make it thicker or thinner based on your preference.


Serve falafels in pitas, topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, salad greens, and tahini sauce. Enjoy!

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