Baked Vedas/Falafel


Usually, falafel is fried but not this one. This is a little simple treat which you can make on sunny days. You can enjoy them with a lemonde, or a glass of wine. These Vedas are quite versatile as well, as you can freeze them , break them and stuff them in sandwiches, you could also add a few on top of a green salad. So basically, let your imagination work. So here is what you will need to make a tray of falafel:

Ingredients:

  • 200 gm yellow or orange lentils soaked for about 2-3 hours

  • 1 red or white onion, chopped

  • 1-2 green chilies, finely chopped

  • handful of finely chopped fresh spinach or one grated Zucchini/any vegetable of your choice

  • handful of fresh coriander or parsley, chopped

  • salt to taste

  • 1 tsp of red chili flakes

  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder

  • 1 tsp black pepper, pounded

  • 1 tbsp of oil and a sheet of Baking paper

Method:

  1. Soak the daal drain it in a sieve and let it sit for a while

  2. In the meantime prepare all the above ingredients

  3. Now puree the daal coarsely with the help of a hand mixer

  4. Add all the spices and the fresh vegetable ( in case of using Zucchini make sure to squeeze the water out of it

  5. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees

  6. With the use of two teaspoons put the little vedas/nuggets on a baking tray lined with backing paper

  7. Bake it in the oven for 25-30 minutes, turn them once half way through

  8. Serve them hot with a mint coriander chutney, any dip or salsa

  9. You can also serve them on a bed of salad or use them in schwarma or falafel rolls

  10. They can be frozen very well. Enjoy!

Guys do enjoy this recipe and I think it can be used in a variety of ways like of course as falafel starters, on a salad, you can also make a yoghurt based curry with this and these can be also frozen very well. Let me know how it turned out.