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Sep 21, 2009 03:29 PM

Falafel help!

I used the following recipe for a "baked" falafel. The flavor was great, but my falafel didn't hold together into flattened balls. Help! How can I adapt this recipe? Or do you have a great recipe for falafel that is not fried? Thanks!

Baked Falafel

(recipe Chow Vegan)

Makes about 10 balls

1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans
1 small onion, finely chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans. Put in a medium sized bowl and smash with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Form into small balls, about 1 1/2 in diameter and slightly flatten. Place onto an oiled baking pan.

Bake for 15 minutes on each side, until nicely browned.

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  1. assuming you don't need it to be vegan, add 1-2 lightly beaten egg whites (depending on size) to help bind them.

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      1. How abou adding a little soy flour to bind the mixture together, if you want to keep it vegan? I've personally never had much luck with falafel unless I add eggs.

        1. I also made this recipe (saw it recommended in an earlier chow posting for non-fried falafel.) I used a scoop to collect the garbanzo mixture (helps with consistency, but might also help pack the ingredients to help them stick together), put it on the tray and flattened gently with my hand. There were times the mixture would separate slightly after flattening, so I reformed the ball and flattened again (pressing to fill in any cracks). Also, you could use a potato masher rather than a fork to make sure that you have enough smooth garbanzos to ensure that the ingredients stick together. Nice flavors and quick to put together. I had some green onions and added them to the recipe. Hope it works for you next time.

          1. Here's my recipe for Falafel

            I fried them. This recipe doesn't seem like it will stay together, but when fried it does. In order to bake these I would make the filling a little wetter to help bind.