Hummus with baked falafel platter

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Hummus with baked falafels , a perfect snack or a great lunch/dinner option !

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Ingredients

for hummus

1.5 cups chickpeas/ kabuli channa (cooked)
2 big cloves garlic
1 tablespoon greek / thick yoghurt
2 tablespoons olive oil + 1 tablespoon to drizzle
rock salt to taste

for baked falafels
makes about 12 cocktail falafels

1.5 cups chickpeas (cooked) * see notes
1 green chilli ( optional )
1 teaspoon cumin powder
2 teaspoons coriander powder
2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
2 tablespoons instant oats
salt to taste
olive oil to bake

 

Method

for hummus

  • in a blender add the ingredients for hummus and blend until smooth.
  • if the mixture is too thick add 1/4 th cup water to thin it down.
  • adding a tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds , gives the hummus a unique taste.
  • transfer to a serving bowl .
  • sprinkle chilli powder as per taste.
  • drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil.
  • serve with cucumber / carrot sticks.

for baked falafels 

  • in a high speed blender , add oats, chickpeas, coriander leaves, green chillies, cumin powder, coriander powder and salt.
  • blend it without adding water.
  • the mixture can be a bit coarse but should be able to hold shape.
  • make lemon sized balls and set aside.
  • on a baking sheet , drizzle olive oil.
  • take each falafel and shape it like a cutlet.
  • place on the baking sheet.
  • repeat the process for all the falafels.
  • brush a little oil on th falafel.
  • bake at 200 c for about 15 mins until crisp.
  • flip the falafels , to ensure even baking.
  • serve hot with hummus platter.

Notes – for falafel, uncooked chickpeas are used .But I find that using cooked chickpeas gives moisture to the falafel since we are baking and not frying them
If you prefer to use uncooked chickpeas and bake , it may crumble since there is no moisture.
It is a great snack for kids lunchbox or can be served with pita bread as a whole meal option .
Since it is baked to crispness, the falafel does not get soggy.

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Heap of Spice

daughter, daughter in law , wife, mother of two, sister ,aunt , homemaker 😃

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