Baked Falafel Salad

by Kiran on April 1, 2014 · 32 comments

in Appetizer, Baking, Salads

Hi Friends!

Many have requested for me to post about blogging. And while I’m no expert, I’d love to share the things I’ve learnt along the way. There’s no tricks up my sleeves, just have fun doing it and listen intently.

Blog, leisurely.

There’s no rule on time. You make the rule and preferably, don’t stick to it. Being consistent bogs down your creativity.

Invest in very expensive gadgets. From the most expensive camera to laptop and props. If you want quality content, get ready to spend big bucks for it.

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Don’t emphasize on grammar. It’s a waste of your precious time.

Buy every prop out there. Even the ones with leopard prints and neon colors. It’s all about emphasizing the props and not what you put in it.


Reverse everything I said above, because you have been fooled! April Fools Day 😀

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Now, let’s return to regular scheduled programming! There’s always that one thing on the menu which is impossible to ignore. Falafel is my utter weakness.

Followed by hummus, warm pita bread and chicken kebabs. Oh boy, I’m hungry now. Off to lunch!

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  • 2 cups chickpeas, cooked and drained
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 heaping cup of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 small lemon, juiced
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1.5 tsp toasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 cup of dukkah (nut blend)
  • some extra virgin olive oil
  • optional: mixed salad greens, lettuce, cherry tomatoes and sliced radishes

Spicy Harissa Yogurt Sauce–

  • 1/2 cup thick yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 2 heaping tbsp of harissa
  • 1 tsp garlic, mashed


  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line two large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Add all ingredients for falafels (with the exception of dukkah and olive oil) into a large food processor fitted with a blade. Pulse until everything combines into coarse crumbs.
  3. Divide dukkah and extra virgin olive oil into two separate bowls.
  4. Using a small ice cream scoop, measure out falafel dough into equal portions. Roll dough between palms and apply gentle pressure till the dough balls are smoothly rounded.
  5. Brush some olive oil on dough balls and roll it onto dukkah. Place prepared falafel dough balls on baking sheet without crowding.
  6. Bake falafels for 15 to 20 minutes or until desired crispiness is achieved.
  7. While falafels are baking, stir all the ingredients for spicy harissa yogurt sauce into a bowl. Refrigerate before serving.
  8. Remove baked falafels to completely cool on cooling rack. Serve it on a bed of salad with generous servings of spicy harissa yogurt sauce.


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Have a great time pranking your loved ones. Just play it safe 🙂 I’ve actually written a blog post in the past on blogging. You can read all about what blogging has taught me, here.

Are you a prankster? What tricks you have up on your sleeves?


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1 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ April 1, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Kiran, you’re funny! Eh, I was puzzled at first… then you mentioned the pricey machinery and I thought “nooo, wait, it can be”.
I always wanted to try baked falafels, yours look so hearthy and tasty.
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2 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health April 1, 2014 at 12:45 PM

i like the first tip though on blogging leisurely because sometimes getting too hung up on schedule could hamper the quality content..Neon and leopard prints are MUST 😛

falafels are my weakness too, i have never made it before but friend, you just inspired me. PS. I posted an easy chicken kebab on the blog today in case you need a recipe under an hour!
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3 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence April 1, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Hahaha, Happy April Fool’s Day!! Also, this salad looks SO tasty. And I am kindof in love with that yellow fork! Where did you get it :)?
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4 Shibi @ FlavzCorner April 1, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Kiran….. you got me there, I totally forgot about April 1st and I was like this is not what I would do for blogging while I was reading the tips, till I read the line of April fool :). The falafel looks tempting with the yogurt sauce!!!
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5 Kitchen Belleicious April 1, 2014 at 3:14 PM

awesome! Simply awesome. I love falafel but never feel like frying it so I am obsessed with the fact you baked it! Awesome
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6 Shema | LifeScoops April 1, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Beautiful salad… It’s calling my name 🙂
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7 Kathryn April 1, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Ha, Happy April Fools Kiran! Loved this post.
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8 sue/the view from great island April 1, 2014 at 4:27 PM

You totally got me — I kept reading and re-reading the grammar line… it’s the only April Fool’s prank I’ve had all day, thanks! I love these falafel, I’ve never thought to try to bake them, I will give it a try.
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9 Kari@Loaves n Dishes April 1, 2014 at 6:30 PM

I always forget that it’s April Fool’s, and might even get sucked in more than once, embarrassing but true! What I won’t forget, however, are these falafel! I love falafel, and I love that you baked these!
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10 Richa April 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM

lol. some of those actually are good points 🙂
i love your photogrpahy. very neat and pretty. i can never make the same size and so round balls 🙂
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11 Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 1, 2014 at 10:16 PM

You are too funny! 😉 Love your baked falafels!
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12 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 2, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Such a gorgeous, summery salad. Perfect for picnicking!
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13 Angie@Angie's Recipes April 2, 2014 at 2:46 PM

I love falafel! Have to try this baked version. Thanks for sharing, Kiran.
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14 Juliana April 2, 2014 at 2:59 PM

We love falafel…but never made it at home, I love this version of baking…and together with the sauce, just sounds delicious.
Thanks for the recipe Kiran…hope you are enjoying your week 😀


15 Lizzy (Good Things) April 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM

How light and delicious!
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16 John@Kitchen Riffs April 2, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Fun April Fool’s joke! And fun recipe — this really looks wonderful. Loads of flavor, and I’ve been so craving salads lately. Good stuff — thanks.
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17 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You April 2, 2014 at 5:10 PM

I want to eat the whole plate of falafel and hummus. When I read all the rules, I was wandering if you were being sarcastic about the props and grammar. Then, I read…”You have been fooled.” I confess that I did fell much better. 🙂
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18 Choc Chip Uru April 2, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Its like a deconstructed, roll, what a delicious idea 😀
Your falafels look fantastic!

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19 simi April 2, 2014 at 10:38 PM

hahaha! that was super cute. I love the styling of your salad, looks so pretty!
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20 Katerina April 3, 2014 at 6:43 AM

Kiran this is a beautiful picnic table or should I say blanket?


21 Foodess April 3, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Yummmm…. I love falafels. And you fooled me, I read your “rules” three times and was like, “SERIOUSLY?” before I read the next paragraph. 😛
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22 Sihi April 5, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Oh my! These falafel look so delicious.As always, beautiful photography.


23 Kumar's Kitchen April 6, 2014 at 5:41 AM

ha..ha…ha…you had us rolling with laughter,thanks so much…but now these baked falafels are just what we want for a good snack during the afternoons,thanks so much for sharing our friend 🙂
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24 Daniela April 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Hi Kiran, you made me smile with your post and nearly got me for April fool’s day 🙂
I love Falaffel too and will pin your recipe, it looks fantastic!
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25 Joyti April 7, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Oh, thank goodness this was a joke post 🙂 I was totally fooled, and then confused!

The falafel balls and salad look delicious.
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26 Raymund April 7, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Lol I nearly believed it until I saw that April Fools Joke 🙂

I don’t like that recipe, it does not look appetizing at all.
Well reverse that as well!!! Happy April Fools to you 🙂
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27 Marly April 8, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Such a great combination of tasty and healthy!


28 Gemma @andgeesaid April 8, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Oh yum yum yum! This looks so wonderful! When I was reading your tips on blogging I was so confused, haha! Especially with the leopard print and neon.. hahah! Happy belated April fool’s!
Going to try out this recipe ASAP! xxx

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29 Amy @ Elephant Eats April 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM

I’ve been majorly craving falafel lately! There’s this place I walk by on my way home and it smells so good. I bet your baked version is MUCH healthier and most likely tastier too 🙂 I’ll have to try it.
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30 Amy (Savory Moments) April 10, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Too funny! I always love neon and leopard print with my food. These falafels look very delicious and I like that they are baked.
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31 Kelly April 15, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Hehe, such a fun post 🙂 Love the sound of this salad – I am a big fan of falafels and yours look perfect 🙂


32 Daniel April 25, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Kiran, that looks delicious! And great photography!
Thanks for sharing 🙂
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