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Baked Falafel with Tzatziki in Pita Bread

Posted on | November 5, 2012 | 4 Comments

I love Falafel. However, I am not a huge fan of deep frying food. Mainly for health reasons but also because I dislike hot oil. It has the tendency to be unpredictable at least when I cook… :-P I don’t like when it splatters and makes a mess or you get it on you. And the smell seems to linger forever. No thank you.

I admit though that baked Falafel are not quite as tasty as deep fried ones. But once they’re stuffed in pita bread with fresh veggies and tzatziki sauce you won’t know the difference anymore. This is a very fresh and delicious tasting pita sandwich minus the fat and the mess. Awesome!

Baked Falafel with Tzatziki in Pita Bread


  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 4 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 3/4 red onion
  • 3 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (or two 15 oz cans)
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2-4 tbsp flour (I used whole spelt flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp pepper, or to taste
  • olive oil


  • whole wheat pita bread
  • tzatziki 
  • red onion, cut into thin rings
  • bell peppers, cut into small pieces
  • tomatoes, cut into pieces or slices
  • and/or any other vegetables of choice


Preheat the oven to 400°F / 200°C.

Place the garlic and the parsley into a food processor and chop it up.  Add the onion and process it until the onion is chopped up as well but not too small.

Then add the chickpeas, coriander, and cumin. Process until everything is finely ground but not pureed. You can do this in steps if the amount is too much to be processed at once. Place the ground mix into a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of flour, the baking powder, and season to taste with salt and pepper. If needed add more flour.

Form the mix into little balls and place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Slightly flatten the balls with the palm of your hand.

Brush both sides of each falafel with olive oil. Bake them for 15 to 20 minutes then flip them and bake them again for 15 to 20 minutes.

Then spread a little tzatziki on the pita bread. Top it with onion rings, vegetables, and falafel. And maybe add a little more tzatziki.  

Guten Appetit!!!

Gebackene Falafel mit Tzatziki im Pitabrot


  • 3-4 Knoblauchzehen
  • 4 EL frische Petersilie
  • 3/4 rote Zwiebel
  • 3 1/2 cups gekochte Kichererbsen (oder zwei Dosen mit je 15 oz)
  • 2 1/2 TL gemahlener Koriander
  • 2 1/2 TL gemahlener Kreuzkümmel
  • 2-4 EL Mehl (Ich habe Vollkorndinkelmehl verwendet)
  • 1 TL Backpulver
  • 3/4 TL Salz, oder nach Geschmack
  • 1 TL Pfeffer, oder nach Geschmack
  • Olivenöl


  • Vollkornpitabrot
  • Tzatziki  
  • rote Zwiebel, in dünne Ringe geschnitten
  • Paprikaschoten, in kleine Stücke geschnitten
  • Tomaten, in Stücke oder Scheiben geschnitten
  • und/oder anderes Gemüse oder Salat nach Wunsch


Den Ofen auf 400°F / 200°C vorheizen.

Den Knoblauch und die Petersilie in die Küchenmaschine geben und klein häckseln. Die Zwiebel hinzugeben und ebenfalls klein häckseln, aber nicht zu klein.

Dann die Kichererbsen, den Koriander und den Kreuzkümmel hinzufügen. Alles gut verarbeiten, aber die Masse sollte nicht pürriert sein. Das Ganze kann in Etappen durchgeführt werden, falls es zuviel auf einmal sein sollte. Den Mix in eine Schüssel geben und 2 Eβlöffel Mehl und das Backpulver unterrühren. Mit Salz und Pfeffer abschmecken und mehr Mehl hinzufügen falls nötig.

Den Kichererbsenmix mit den Händen zu kleinen Bällchen formen und auf ein mit Backpapier belegtes Backblech legen. Die Kichererbsenbällchen mit dem Handballen ein wenig flachdrücken.

Beide Seiten der Kichererbsenbällchen mit Olivenöl bestreichen. Die Falafel für 15 bis 20 Minuten backen, wenden und erneut 15 bis 20 Minuten backen.

Ein Pitabrot mit ein wenig Tzatziki bestreichen. Mit Zwiebelringen, dem klein geschnittenen Gemüse und den Falafeln belegen. Auf Wunsch noch etwas mehr Tzatziki hinzufügen.  

Guten Appetit!!!

Source:  adapted from Taste for Adventure


4 Responses to “Baked Falafel with Tzatziki in Pita Bread”

  1. Katarina
    November 5th, 2012 @ 21:26

    Yummy, I love falafel!

  2. My Italian Smörgåsbord
    November 6th, 2012 @ 15:15

    hi there. my stove just broke and tonight I found myself baking vegetarian meatballs instead or stir-frying them. the came out a little drier than I wished, but you are right: a good sauce and they melt in your mouth. like these falafel. I never tried to make them from scratch and this could be the right inspiration. I thought they were made with chickpea flour but sound even better with whole chickpeas…

  3. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    November 7th, 2012 @ 00:28

    There is a restaurant that serves really good falafel and I’ve only had it outside and never cooked on my own. Eating with pita bread sounds divine~~!

  4. BalticMaid
    November 10th, 2012 @ 17:08

    @ Katarina: Me, too! :-D

    @ My Italian Smörgåsbord: Oh no, not the stove… :-( Sorry!!!
    What kind of vegetarian meatballs did you make?

    @ Nami: They are really tasty with pita bread and fresh veggies!

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