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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.

110 replies on “Spicy Baked Falafel”

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.

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.

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!

“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

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.

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!

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??

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!!

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!

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?! 🙂 !

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.

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!)

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.” 🙂

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!

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.

[…] Spicy Baked Falafel – This particular post was an updated version of an old recipe and boy was it good! Falafel are usually deep fried in oil, resulting in a crispy outer layer and a soft, moist inside. However, when I realised that such a thing could be achieved in the oven, there was no stopping me. As such, these little balls of chickpea heaven would be the perfect post-Christmas snack and they only set us back around £2. […]

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 🙂

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! 🙂

The last baked falafels I tried were dry and didn’t taste at all like real falafel, however you have restored my faith in the species. I will try this again, with your recipe this time and see if I get better results 🙂

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