Spicy Baked Falafel

Spicy Baked Falafel

Before posting this recipe I’m morally obliged to confess that it has, in the past, appeared within this humble blog. However, (for all such beginnings are followed by an excuse) the post this one is replacing was far from my finest work  and thus failed to do the recipe justice. As you may know, I do occasionally go-over and improve my past work, though in this instance the recipe remains little changed – this was a case of wanting to make my inanimate, though gloriously delicious falafel proud. After all, falafel must be one of the most loved foods in all the world.

Now, I simply must prepare you for the worst; it’s my birthday next week and I’m off to visit Katherine, or ‘mawoman’ as I like to call her. This means that frugalfeeding may be a little slow on the old recipe updates, unless I get a chance to pre-upload a few and speak to you as if from the past. However, it also means that you are all obliged to send me gifts. Though, that was, of course, a joke. You know, I’m rather looking forward to reaching the grand old age of 22. However, all things are put into perspective when you realise that by the age of 22 Mozart had written 31 symphonies, 8 piano sonatas, 5 violin concertos and many, many other pieces besides. Suddenly, my life feels a little insignificant.

There is very little that needs to be said with regard to falafel; surely everyone knows what it is? However, I ought to point out that this recipe is jolly lovely and will never, ever result in a dry, sorry excuse for falafel. Indeed, after baking these, you shall discover a moist, soft centre held together by a crispy outer shell, slathered with my mint and coriander dip. Please don’t fry them; there is no need for such a kneejerk reaction – they’ll only fall to pieces.

Spicy Baked Falafel {recipe}

Makes 15-20


• two 400g tins of chickpeas in water

• half a small red onion, finely chopped

• two red chillies, seeds and all, dried flaked will do nicely

• a handful of coriander, finely chopped

• 1 tsp ground cumin

• two cloves of garlic

• a little oil

• 3-4 tbsp of breadcrumbs

• the zest of a lemon and the juice of half of it

• two eggs

• 1 tbsp plain flour, plus extra for coating

• salt and pepper


1. Begin by mashing the chickpeas with a fork. Once mashed add the onion, chillies, coriander, cumin, garlic, one of the eggs, the lemon zest and juice and mix. Add the flour if you think it needs a little help staying together, I suggest using all of it. Season the mixture.

Spicy Baked Falafel

Spicy Baked Falafel

2. Preheat the oven to 200C. Roll the chickpea mixture into balls roughly an inch or so in diameter. Coat these in flour, roll in the other beaten egg and cover in breadcrumbs – be thorough. Place them onto an oiled tray and bake for 20-25 minutes, until browned and crispy. Serve with a salad and mint and coriander dip.

Spicy Baked Falafel

Spicy Baked Falafel

Spicy Baked Falafel

Cost: Recipes like this never cost too much, especially since chickpeas are incredibly cheap for what they are. The use of eggs ups the cost a little, but you could risk not using them if you wish. Either way that wasn’t the path taken – these beauties set me back around £2.

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110 comments on “Spicy Baked Falafel

  1. cookinginsens
    July 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  2. Arturo Féliz-Camilo
    July 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Every time I see your posts I go “wow”… amazing pictures as always!

  3. Keep Calm and Eat On
    July 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    A nice little falafel wrap is calling my name. Never had baked ones before. Sounds a lot healthier than most I know of.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Oh yes, sound lovely! They work better too, in my opinion.

  4. countrywoodsmoke
    July 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    These look fab nick. Happy birthday! one of my favourite veggie meals.

  5. Eat Healthy Be Happy
    July 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Looks like I will be trying two of your recipes this week… the Chicken Biryani and these falafels. 🙂

  6. birgitlikes
    July 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    You certainly did the falafel justice with this post. Wonderful photos and certainly a yummy recipe. Happy Birthday – I´ll turn 30 in a few weeks (I know it´s inevitable but I don´t want to), so I know what you´re talking about when you talk about reaching goals and accomplishing things.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks! I’m definitely getting to grips with this camera. I hope I accomplish everything I hope to and I hope you do too.

  7. erika
    July 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Yum! Love the baked version. Happy Birthday!

  8. Juls
    July 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    My 22nd birthday was the first one in nearly a decade that hadn’t been spent in a hospital, cell or snowed in somewhere unable to leave and, thus, was the cause of a great deal of celebration and, I am happy to say, the two birthdays since then have also been full of similar liberty! (I am also a much calmer and wiser person. Probably. Maybe.) I hope you have a lovely un-incarcerated birthday and that ‘yawoman’ panders to your excitement and, hopefully, there is a big, fat cake somewhere for you.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      Haha – tut tut :D. I hope I spend it unincarcerated too! Yes, mawoman is making me a cake. 😀

  9. budgetcookingblog
    July 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    There are many blogs I would like to go back and insert new photographs. Perhaps one day I will. Your falafel look fabulous. I hope you have a happy birthday! Cheers!

  10. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    July 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Love falafels, but have never tried making them at home, so thank you for the inspiration.

    I misread you and thought you referred to Katherine as “madwoman”. “That’s a bit harsh”, I thought. 🙂

    Happy birthday too. Honestly, you’re so young, and you’re already doing so much. I struggled to boil rice at 22!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      You should totally try them! So easy. Haha… no, though that would be accurate. Thanks, Celia! I’m glad you think so.

  11. Patch
    July 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I LOVE chickpeas and I LOVE felafel. And how healthy are these! Definitely going on the menu this week. Happy birthday!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks! These are really lovely. I’m glad you like them.

  12. Ruth
    July 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    “Happy birthdy to you…” Hope you have a lovely day. Unforunately I have just bought falafel from the deli so I will have to wait to try making them. Thank you for a lovely sounding recipe

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks, ruth! Oh no. Well, if you do I hope you like them.

  13. Conor Bofin
    July 14, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Well played. I was looking at some of my earlier posts during the week and thinking that the (then awesome) photography was pretty shoddy. I should do as you do. Happy Birthday.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks, Conor! You should – it’s actually quite fun.

  14. Linda
    July 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Many happy returns of the day…another lovely recipe..Thank you x

  15. Trish
    July 14, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    oh, 22! I can’t imagine being that young again? so, you can probably bend at the knees without hurting, right? and you don’t have heel pain with those first few steps out of bed in the morning? such things to look forward to! many happy returns of the day!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Haha. You’re quite right, I don’t have any of that. Though, I’ve recently picked up a couple of sporting injuries 🙁

  16. Jill
    July 14, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Once again– beautiful pictures! Have a happy 22nd birthday!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks, I’m sure I’ll have an awesome day.

  17. Michelle
    July 15, 2012 at 12:12 am

    The falafel looks wonderful. And happy birthday!

  18. Just A Smidgen
    July 15, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Happy 22nd Birthday.. just remember, Mozart couldn’t make a Falafal quite as divine as yours and had he known.. he would have been equally as envious! I’m glad you reposted and gave this recipe the status it deserves!! xo have fun with your… ok, how do you pronounce that and how did she get that nickname??

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks! Haha, perhaps that’s the case… I doubt it. Ma-woman… just means my woman… she got it because I’m a terribly chauvinistic pig. Hah.

  19. Aimee@clevermuffin
    July 15, 2012 at 1:00 am

    22? Oh dear, I feel old. So old that when I see this come up on Facebook I THOUGHT I’d remembered seeing them before! That’s what happens with age – you see it all. All right, enough of that, these look awesome. Great photos 🙂 and a very happy birthday to you!!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Haha! I’m dreadfully sorry for me so irresponsibly young… You’re about my age though, right? Thanks, Aimee!

      • Aimee@clevermuffin
        July 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm

        That’s most definitely the right answer – so sure, I’m ‘about’ 22 too. :p

  20. Somer
    July 15, 2012 at 1:06 am

    I think those are some of the most beautiful falafel I’ve ever seen, which is saying a lot because I eat a heck of a lot of falafel!.I’ve had trouble finding a decent vegan recipe that holds together AND tastes good. I’ll have to give yours a go with an egg substitute. If it works would you mind me sharing it on my blog at some point? Of course all credit and links will go back to you if that’s ok.

    Have an excellent birthday and enjoy your time with Katherine!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad you think so, Somer. You can share whatever you like, Somer – thanks for asking though.

      • Somer
        July 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm

        Thanks Nick!

  21. ceciliag
    July 15, 2012 at 2:26 am

    I agree, the frying the felafel is ALWAYS a mistake.. and happy happy birthday honey! celi

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      I know, right? It goes everywhere! Thanks, Cecilia 😀

  22. Gabby @ the veggie nook
    July 15, 2012 at 2:27 am

    I love me some falafel and these look so perfect! Happy birthday!

  23. Eha
    July 15, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Love falafel! Have never baked ’em – live and learn! Oh, happy birthday and if you are going to be with ‘mawoman’ you don’t need any other presents?! 🙂 !

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Give it a go, they work very well. Haha, apparently she’s got me 11 presents 😀

  24. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    July 15, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I love falafel and they look brilliant. Your photos are stunning. Have a great birthday.

  25. thebigfatnoodle
    July 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I love chucking a couple of falafels in with any salad I’m eating – they’re delish! Happy birthday too!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      They are really yummy 😀 – one of my favourite things to snack on.

  26. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    July 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Hey Katherine’s mawoman. Oh wait, different Katherine. Have a great time. Also, I love this because it’s baked, not fried. I’ve never made falafel. We don’t fry too much, too messy, among other reasons. So this is right up our alley.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      Haha, I thought we’d sorted that out, Greg. Give them a go 🙂

  27. Sacha
    July 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    It’s very difficult to find a baked falafel recipe that is actually good. I do love my falafel fried, but a girl cannot engage in such reckless behavior whenever the craving strikes. Happy Birthday, to you! My gift will be making the falafel in the near future and reporting back.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      I honestly think they are better baked… most things are. Haha, I really hope you enjoy them.

  28. Pasta Princess
    July 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Happy Birthday to you!! These look amazing!! I’ve got to try them!! Your photos are really good!!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks! You should totally try them, they were amazing.

  29. spree
    July 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Well, alright, Maybe Mozart had, by the age of 22, written 31 symphonies, 8 piano sonatas, 5 violin concertos etc etc, but did he ever make falafel the likes of these? I think not! Things might have gone better for him in the end if he had. 🙂 A very happy birthday to you Nick and a fabulous time with yowoman! (These falafel are going on the list – you’ve done them very proud!)

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Umm, probably not to be honest. Thanks, Spree – nice comment 😀

  30. flowercityfoodie
    July 15, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I love falafel but always hate the frying part–now I don’t have to! My birthday was last week, and it feels weird that I’m almost exactly 10 years older than you…that means you’re the same age as the kids I used to babysit when I was in high school! Have a happy birthday and have fun visiting “yawoman.” 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      Me too, but I think they are definitely better baked. Haha, I’m afraid I need not be babysat any longer :D. Thanks!

  31. Savory Simple
    July 16, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I love falafel but I have never made it! I love that these are baked, they sound wonderful. Happy birthday!!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks! They were delicious. They are best baked I think.

  32. Leah
    July 16, 2012 at 2:14 am

    YUM! I’ve been looking for a good over-baked falafel recipe! Have an awesome birthday!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Over-baked 😀 How dare you! Haha. thanks!

      • Leah
        July 17, 2012 at 4:49 am

        haha! my smartphone made me insult you!

        • frugalfeeding
          July 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm

          Yeh, whatever, Leah! It was you, I know it 😀

  33. Leah
    July 16, 2012 at 2:15 am

    *oven baked!

  34. leroywatson4
    July 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Falafels are next to godliness (as long as they aren’t too dry)! Crack out the hummus! Peace, lee

  35. Kimby
    July 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Wishing you a Happy Birthday and an enjoyable break!

  36. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    July 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    You have no idea how pleased I am to see this recipe – I adore falafel, but hate the task of frying it, as it never seems to hold together properly and I’m always left with quite the mess. This baked version looks delicious, and much healthier too. Happy birthday!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Awesome – I’m glad you appreciate it so much! It is so much less fiddly!

  37. whilehewasout
    July 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Looks wonderful!! I love falafel balls- best thing that can happen to chickpeas.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks! I completely agree with you, in every way.

  38. Christina
    July 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    We pretty much live off chickpeas – dried, soaked, cooked, then stored in the freezer for recipes like this… so I am very pleased to find another, easy way to use them. I imagine wrapped in homemade tortillas with parsley tabbouleh would be wonderful! Will let you know how I get on making them.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 26, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      I adore them! That sounds great. Please do. I just know you’ll love them.

  39. PlantBasedDietAdventures
    August 4, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Wow, SO looking forward to trying this 🙂

  40. maiamajumder
    August 4, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    This looks like an EXCELLENT baked falafel recipe! I’ve been looking for one for a while… This could be it! Thanks!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 7, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks! Yes, it works very well. I hope you enjoy it!

  41. puravida
    August 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Thank you! This may be the end of dry falafel mixes for me!

  42. EatWithASpoonGoodness
    August 7, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    This is definitely on the menu for the weekend. Thanks!

  43. lifeinthemixr
    August 10, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Wow, these look incredible. I’m going to make them on Sunday. Thank you!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 10, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy them… they were so nice.

  44. Maya Oryan
    September 2, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Good one pal!

  45. otownmommy
    January 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    My falafals always fall apart. Probably because I fry them. My husband not so secretly dreads my falafal nights. I hope to win him over with your recipe. Have a beautiful birthday!

    • otownmommy
      January 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! he professed “that is what a falafal is suposed to taste like!” And also confessed of his intentions of grabing a secret supper on his way home. So glad he didn’t. Thanks again. Everyone loved them 🙂

  46. tee14by14
    January 3, 2013 at 5:07 am

    This looks good… I think I’ll be giving it a go:)

  47. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)
    February 5, 2013 at 1:42 am

    These look awesome! I love the idea to coat them in bread crumbs and bake them instead of frying… I have a fear of deep-frying so pre-made falafel is one of the few things I sometimes buy frozen (and then my girlfriend bakes pita bread, and I make tzatziki to go with them), but with this recipe we could make that WHOLE dinner from scratch. So, thank you! 🙂