Baked Falafel Bowl
Recipe: Baked Falafel Bowl
Baked Falafel Bowl is delicious, filling and healthy meal. Instead of deep frying falafel, I bake them and serve it with salad ingredients, hummus, tzatziki and baked pita chips.
Why Bake Them?
The first time I baked them was when I wanted a meal that is healthy, filling and didn’t involve deep frying. Mombasa weather can be stifling hot and the last thing we feel like eating is curries, dals, rice and parathas. So bowl meals become the best option. To keep the bowl healthy, I opted to bake the falafel. The first time I baked the falafel my family loved them. So I always opt for baking over deep frying.
If you want to deep fry them, go ahead.
Some years ago dining experience in Mombasa was limited to certain types of cuisine. It was either local street food, Indian, Chinese or Italian. My first ever bowl meal in Dubai at the food court of Emirates Mall was a falafel bowl. The bowl bursting with flavours totally floored me and was intrigued by the whole concept. And no regrets at all. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal. In fact for the 7 days I stayed in Dubai 4 times my meal was falafel bowl. Had to recreate the wholesome meal at home for hubby to enjoy.
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Sometimes I buy the ready made falafel from the local Lebanese Take Away place. Truthfully, it is one of the few eateries in Magog that I like. Most have almost no or just one vegetarian option. The other places I love is Alessa (Italian) and La Piazetta. have yet to enjoy a meal at Koz and Pinocchio. I so want to try out their mushroom risotto.
What is Falafel?
Falafel Bowl Options
- As the name suggests you really do need falafel to be the star ingredient of this bowl.
- Sometimes I replace pita bread with cooked rice, quinoa, couscous or pot barley.
- Salad ingredients can be whatever you have at hand. Sometimes I add boiled beetroot, stir fried cauliflower, cooked pumpkin, etc.
- Salad Greens – add whatever you like.. mixed, arugula, lettuce, spinach, etc.
- Sauces – tastes really good with hummus and tzatziki or tahini. Thick plain yogurt too is a good option.
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Mayuri’s Jikoni: Baked Falafel Bowl
Ingredients Required For Baked Falafel Bowl
- Falafel – add about 3-4 to each bowl. For Baked Falafel Recipe, please check out the video below.
- Onion – peeled and sliced
- Greens – used mixed salad greens, spinach or any salad green of your choice.
- Radish – sliced or chopped
- Cucumber – I have used English Cucumber which doesn’t need to be peeled. Dice it or cut into slices.
- Carrot – peeled and grated.
- Avocado – sliced or cubed
- Bell Pepper – any colour of your choice. Sliced or diced.
- Pita Bread – cut into quarters.
- Hummus – use homemade or ready made. For homemade Hummus Recipe check here. For this recipe I didn’t add the mango and sriracha. I made the classic hummus.
- Tzatziki or Tahini – I have used tzatziki. Use homemade or ready made. Find the homemade Tzatziki Recipe here.
- Lemon Slices – or lemon juice to drizzle on top.
- Tomatoes – use baby tomatoes or chop up a normal tomato.
Watch How To Make Baked Falafel
BAKED FALAFEL BOWL
- 6-8 pieces falafel baked
- 1 small onion
- 2 cups salad greens |spinach
- 6-8 pieces red radish
- 1 medium cucumber
- 1 medium carrot
- 1 small avocado
- 1 medium bell pepper
- 2 medium tomatoes
- 2 pita bread
- ½ cup hummus
- ½ cup tzatziki
- little olive oil for the pita chips
- salt optional
- pepper optional
PREPARE THE PITA CHIPS:
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Cut 2 pita breads into quarters.
- Arrange the pieces on a baking tray that is lined with foil or parchment paper.
- Brush the pita pieces with some olive oil.
- Bake for 5 minutes.
- Take the tray out of the oven.
- Turn the pita pieces over.
- Brush with olive oil and return the tray into the oven.
- Bake for 5 -7 minutes until the pita chips appear golden brown.
- Take the tray out of the oven.
PREPARATION OF BAKED PITA BOWLS
- You can prepare the baked falafel before hand. Check out the above video for baked falafel recipe.
- Chop, dice or slice the onion, avocado, tomato, cucumber, radish, bell pepper.
- Peel and grate the carrot. Can cut them into thin sticks if you want to. I find grating them so much quicker.
- Wash and pat dry salad greens.
- Start by arranging the salad greens at the bottom of the bowls.
- Add in sections the tomato, avocado, radish, cucumber, onion, bell pepper.
- Arrange baked falafel on the side. Can add 3-4 for each bowl.
- Arrange the baked pita chips on the side.
- Top with hummus and tzatziki or tahini.
- Serve with a slice of lemon.
- Can sprinkle some salt and pepper or serve that on the side.
- Serve some extra hummus and tzatziki or tahini on the side.
- Can use ready made or deep fried falafel for this recipe.
- Instead of pita bread, serve with some rice, quinoa, couscous or any other cooked grain of your choice.
- Add salad ingredients of your choice. Sometimes I add boiled beetroot, cooked fave beans, chickpeas, sauteed mushrooms, etc.
- Add salad greens of your choice. Can be mixed, arugula, lettuce, spinach, etc.
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