663.Baked Falafel Salad Bowl

June 26, 2017mayurisjikoni

A fulfilling bowl

Theme: Healthy Weekday Lunches

BM#77 Week 4 Day 3

   When its really hot and humid in Mombasa, the last thing hubby and I want for lunch is curries, parathas and rice. I try and make exciting salads which are filling and yet healthy. As I’ve mentioned before I like my salads to be as colourful as possible. I like falafel but having it with pita bread can be heavy on the stomach during the hot season. I hate frying food during the hot season and will only fry if I have guests over.

I baked the falafel, but it was refusing to turn that nice golden colour. I didn’t want to keep on brushing more oil on it. However, the baked ones tasted really good with the salad. However, if you want to fry them then please go ahead.

   To make it a filling meal (something that will not have hubby running to the fridge in 1 hour!) I added quinoa. Quinoa is a super food as its labelled by experts. Its gluten free, high in protein. It contains flavonoids (plant antioxidants) which are good for health, high in dietary fibers,its a good low GI option, good source of iron and magnesium.

   We all know that chickpeas too are good for health.It helps in controlling diabetes because its high in dietary fiber and a good low GI option. Its a good source of iron,magnesium, phosphates, calcium, zinc, manganese and therefore very good for the bones. Including chickpeas in your daily diet is prevents constipation.

   With so many health benefits why not make this falafel salad bowl a weekly part of your diet. I do, and I vary the vegetables I use. Sometimes the dressing too is different, only yogurt or even a left over green chutney.





Makes 2

For the falafel:
1 cup cooked chickpeas (white chana)
¼ cup chopped fresh coriander, flat parsley, mint or dill
3-4 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp tahini paste
½ tsp cumin seeds
¼-½ tsp salt (depends on whether the chickpeas were cooked in salted water)
½ tsp black pepper powder
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp chickpea flour
some olive oil for brushing

For the salad:
½ cup avocado cubes
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 tomato diced or 6-8 cherry tomatoes cut into half
½ cup boiled and diced beetroot
½ cup diced carrot
½ cup diced cucumber (peel it if the skin is too thick)
10-12 olives

For the Tahini Yogurt Dressing:
2 tbsp tahini paste
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil (optional)
¼ tsp cumin powder
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp pepper powder
3-4 tbsp yogurt

Preparation of the Falafel:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Put the chickpeas, herbs, garlic, oil, lemon juice, tahini paste in a food processor and process the mixture till you get a coarse paste.
  3. Remove the mixture into a bowl.
  4. Add the remaining falafel ingredients except the oil for brushing.
  5. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  6. Brush some oil on it.
  7. Take a tablespoon of the mixture and roll it into a ball. Flatten it slightly between your palms.
  8. Put the falafel on the prepared tray.
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 with the remaining mixture.You will get about 10-12 falafels.
  10. Brush oil on top of the falafel.
  11. Bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping the falafel half way. Brush with oil.
Preparation of the Tahini Yogurt Dressing:
  1. Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl or measuring cup.
Preparation of the Salad Bowl:
  1. Take 2 deep bowls.
  2. Divide the quinoa between the 2 bowls.
  3. Now arrange the salad ingredients on top.
  4. Serve with lemon wedges and the Tahini Yogurt Dressing and enjoy a healthy but filling lunch.
  • You may use the remaining falafel to use as stuffing for pita bread.
  • The baked falafel taste a bit dry, but then they are healthier. Can fry them or shallow fry them if you wish.
  • Use salad ingredients of your choice. Instead of quinoa you can use couscous, brown rice or just vegetables.
  • I didn’t add oil to the dressing.
  • To cook quinoa, measure 1 cup quinoa and wash it under running water, rubbing it with your fingers.Add 2 cups of water into a pan. Add the quinoa and let it cook till done.Add ¼ tsp salt if you want when the quinoa is cooking.
You may want to check out other quinoa recipes:
chickpea quinoa burgers
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  • Pavani N

    June 28, 2017 at 2:25 am

    LOVE falafel and this protein packed salad looks so filling and delicious.

  • Archana Potdar

    June 28, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Reminds me of the Buddha bowl. Looks yum healthy and filling.

  • Patty Saveurs

    June 29, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Oh how I love falafels, baked looks much healthier, will try your way! 🙂

  • Laura Tobin

    June 29, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Love the idea of baking falafel. I will definitely try this, so healthy

  • Traditionally Modern Food

    June 30, 2017 at 4:49 am

    What a nice healthy way to enjoy falafel.. i love the way u served

  • vaishali sabnani

    July 1, 2017 at 4:29 am

    The salad bowl looks interesting and a nice filling meal . Great pick.

  • Harini R

    July 1, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    That is one fantastic filling bowl which I would love to have.

  • Priya Suresh

    July 3, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Omg, wat an alluring falafel salad bowl, just prefect to finish a meal. Quite a satisfying salad bowl.

  • Corina

    July 3, 2017 at 10:30 am

    This is definitely the type of meal I enjoy in summer when I want a salad but also want something filling enough in it so that we're not hungry a short time later! Lovely and healthy too.

  • Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner

    July 6, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Such a lovely and healthy bowl with falafel.. Can you pass me a bowl!!

  • Chef Mireille

    July 12, 2017 at 5:24 am

    oh wow – filling and healthy!

  • Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

    July 12, 2017 at 5:48 am

    That's one filling salad bowl. Yum

  • Sapana Behl

    August 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    We love falafels and the idea of baking them is really nice. Love this wonderful and filling salad bowl.

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