Oven baked falafel and tzatziki

These days I am in the Bay area for work, but I will try to keep up with the blogsphere and keep my blog updated. I cannot guarantee I’ll be able to do it, but I am trying my best. Please bear with me!

I have to say I love it here, even if it is freaking cold. The restaurants are great even if you cannot make it all the way to San Francisco. I have focused mainly on Japanese food so far, but I am considering. If anyone has any advice for me on place I should check out in Berkeley and San Francisco, please let me know. I don’t have tons of time but am doing my best to fit as much stuff as I can in my free time.

So far the craziest thing I have seen are “Nobel Laureate reserved parking”. There are a number of such parking spots at Berkeley. I wonder if those spots are a better incentive than the $$$$ that comes with the prize….

Oven baked falafel

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 Felafel

Oven baked falafel


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 1 bunch fresh cilaantro
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 onion
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil


  1. Soak the chickpeas in water for 24-36 hours. Once in a while rub them with your hands to get rid of some of the skins.After the soaking is done blend the chick peas with the cilantro, the onion and the garlic WITHOUT cooking them. Add salt and pepper and olive oil if needed.
  2. Let the mixture rest for 30 minutes to an hour in the fridge and then use it to form the falafel. My mixture was very soft and was a bit worried, but turns out it worked perfectly for the oven baking. Roll the falafel in the panko crumbs and place on an oiled oven dish. Sprinkle some more oil on top and cook them in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes at 375F. You can use the broiling function for the last couple of minutes to brown the falafel.
  3. Apparently not cooking the chickpeas is the Arab secret to having perfect Falafel that do not fall apart.




  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt


  1. Finely dice the cucumber and place in a colander. Cover the cucumber with salt to extract some of the water. Let it rest for 30 minutes or so.
  2. Finely chop or grate the garlic and mix it to the yogurt. Squeeze the water out of the cucumber and add it to the yogurt. Adjust the seasoning by adding salt. I didn't wash the cucumber and the salt left from the salting and squeeze process was about the perfect amount.
  3. It is best if you can prepare the tzatziki ahead of time and let it rest a couple of hours so that the flavors have time to mix well.
  4. I like to serve the falafel with the tzatziki, pita bread and a greek salad.


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10 Responses to Oven baked falafel and tzatziki

  1. Parsley Sage says:

    We crave falafel here because you can't really get it! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Buzzed!

  2. Manu says:

    I love falafel too! I will surely give these a try!!! Bookmarked and buzzed! Have fan in CA!

  3. Great dish! I love falafel, so I'm gonna try and make them!! 🙂

  4. Angie's Recipes says:

    Your falafel looks so delicious!

  5. The Cilantropist says:

    Haha, we have a few of those parking spots here in SD too, at the Salk Institute. 🙂 Enjoy your time up in San Fran, I love that city! And love that you baked instead of fried these, falafel, so healthy.

  6. manu says:

    Wow, wonderful recipe!! LOL

  7. Nicole says:

    Nobel Laureate parking? Amazing!!!! Now I've heard it all….
    I love falafel. Your version looks wonderful! Especially baked.

  8. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

    And the weather has been cold! It's been beautiful and what happened this week? Your falafel looks delicious. Oven baked is a lot healthier than my deep fried dishes! =P Enjoy your stay… I really wish I could meet you!

  9. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

    WHAT! You are in SF?!?!?!? OMG! I guess your work is in Berkeley area. Then have you tried: Ippuku (Yakitori, Berkeley), Kilara (Sushi, B), Le Cheval (French Vietnamese, Oakland), Zachary's Pizza (B), Great China (B), East Ocean (dim sum, Emeryville), Chez Panisse (B), Trattoria La Siciliana (B), Commis (Piedemont), Brazil Cafe (Berkeley), Gregoire's (B), Rivoli's (B), Oliveto's (B), Ici Ice Cream (B). Hope you get to try some! If I wasn't busy with my mom's visit, I would totally take you out. Hopefully you will have another visit here!

  10. Alli says:

    Very interesting about not cooking the garbanzos. Thank you for the secret..I can't wait to try this out!

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