Throw away your boxed falafel mix...homemade is 100X better, and just as easy! Falafel is a fried ball or patty of spiced chick peas or fava beans that originated in the Middle East. The resulting patties are usually served in a pita bread with a tangy yogurt based sauce. If you have never had falafel, you are in for a treat. If you have had falafel before, you are also in for a treat. Not only is this recipe yummy, these patties are baked, instead of fried. Wait, wait...before you write off this recipe, I promise you, these will be the BEST falafel you have EVER had! I brush the baking sheet with canola oil, so the outside get nice and crispy. You would never guess they were not completely submerged in oil.
My family enjoys these falafel in a whole wheat pita, drizzled with cucumber yogurt sauce and sprinkled with feta cheese. I prefer my falafel crumbled on top of a bed of whole wheat couscous, tossed with herbed steamed vegetables, hummus, cucumber sauce, crumbed feta and my pita on the side. it's not a pretty sight, but it is so filling and delicious. I toss my steamed vegetables with a dash or two of my homemade Greek dressing to add in a little extra flavor. This is so incredibly amazing...I could live on this!
These falafel can be make ahead of time, stored in the refrigerator and reheated in the oven when needed.