Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
After soaking the dried chickpeas in the fridge overnight, drain these and rinse with fresh water. They will have doubled in size.
In a food processor, blend the onion, garlic, and olive oil. If necessary, stop to scrape down the sides during blending.
Once the onion and garlic have been blitzed, add the fresh herbs to the food processor along with the ground cumin, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, salt, and pepper. Blend well, stopping to scrape down the sides if necessary.
Next, add the drained chickpeas in 2-3 batches. Blend the first couple of batches until the mix is fine and crumbly, stopping to scrape down the sides as required. Add the remaining chickpeas to the food processor and blend, leaving some of these in slightly larger chunks. This gives the baked falafel a nice mix of textures.
Once blended, the mixture should be crumbly but still slightly wet. If it looks too dry, you can add a little extra olive oil to help bind it together. That being said, the mixture really does come together in the oven when it bakes.
Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil over a rimmed baking sheet or oven dish and heat in the oven for a minute or two, until it has evenly coated the pan. Shape the falafel mix into small balls or patties and place on the oiled baking sheet. Top tip: use two spoons to 'quenelle' the mixture, passing it repeatedly between the spoons until you have a multi-sided shape (see image in post above). This may take some practice, and a few of the attempts might fall apart, but it's easy once you get the hang of it. (This mix made around 25-30 falafel balls for me. You may need to use two baking sheets or cook the falafel in two batches).
Bake for 20 minutes, before removing the pan from the oven and gently turning the falafel over using a spatula. Bake for a further 20 minutes or until crispy and golden brown on the outside.
Serve on top of a salad bowl with tahini dressing, or use in wraps or pitta breads along with homemade hummus, salad, pico de gallo, and freshly chopped coriander and parsley.