Baked Falafel Bowl

September 11, 2022mayurisjikoni

Event: Sunday Funday

Theme: Bowl Recipes | Hearty Meals In A 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.

Memories

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.

 

Sunday Funday

By the way, Sunday Funday is a group of Food Bloggers. Every Sunday we  share some fun, traditional, hearty or easy recipes to make Sunday Family Meals a bit more exciting. To join this fun group, visit the Sunday Funday Facebook Page. Request to join in.

Theme: Bowl Recipes | Hearty Meals In A Bowl

I suggested this theme as most of summer time I was into bowl meals. They are so easy to carry for picnics. Also doesn’t involve too much cooking. And the main reason is that I was able to get hubby to enjoy salads.

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 are deep fried patties or balls that are made from raw minced chickpeas or fava beans. Some add both. Spices and fresh herbs are added to it. Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern street food and snack. Generally, they are enjoyed on their own with hummus, tahini as a snack, starter or appetizer.
One can also add them to a pita bread and enjoy it as a pita sandwich.

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

mayurisjikoni
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.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Light Meal, Lunch
Cuisine Middle East
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

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.

Notes

  • 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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25 Comments

  • 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.

  • Sneha Datar

    September 15, 2022 at 2:44 am

    Love anything that’s baked, this bowls is so amazing!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 15, 2022 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks Sneha.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    September 15, 2022 at 10:08 am

    5 stars
    I love falafel and good to have the baked version of it. The salad bowl looks tasty and filling. Awesome.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 15, 2022 at 2:41 pm

      Thank you so much. I simply love making the salad bowl whenever I bake falafel.

  • Kalyani

    September 15, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    5 stars
    Baked falafel as part of this meals in a bowl concept looks absolutely fabulous . I could be making this all For myself for brunch 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2022 at 2:37 pm

      Thanks Kalyani, we often have it for lunch. Healthy and filling to. Best part is that it is a fun way to enjoy loads of salad.

  • Renu

    September 16, 2022 at 11:38 am

    5 stars
    In Ireland this is served as a plate or sort of a Bento box , with all things going in it. We love falafels and adding all the veggies makes it an excellent healthy bowl

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2022 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks Renu, I love it as the baked crunchy falafel complements all the salad ingredients. A fun way to enjoy loads of salad.

  • Priya Vj

    September 20, 2022 at 9:45 am

    5 stars
    I love falafel and this baked falafel bowl is one grand lunch which is filling ,nutritious and tasty all at one go . There is no reason that one can look for to say No to such a wonderful platter of goodness.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 27, 2022 at 5:08 am

      Thanks Priya. It is a filling and tasty meal.

  • Archana

    September 20, 2022 at 10:05 am

    5 stars
    Wow! I love the ideaof baked falafel and bowl meals. Definitely a must make some I have some soaked chickpeas will make some tomorrow. Thanks for the idea.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 27, 2022 at 5:08 am

      Thanks Archana, enjoy the baked falafel bowl.

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