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


  • 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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