Fava Bean Falafel
  • 3 cups dried fava beans
  • 1 yellow onion cut in quarters
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 small bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 1 small bunch of fresh parsley
  • 1 Tb coriander
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • 1 Tb cumin
  • 4 Tb flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Salt and pepper, to taste + more salt for after frying
  • Canola or vegetable oil, for frying
Optional Garnishes
  • Pita bread
  • Greek yogurt
  • Pickles
  • Sliced radishes
  • Lemon wedges
  • Tahini Sauce
  1. In a large bowl, add the dried beans and cover with cool water. Allow beans to sit overnight in the water. If you're short on time, you can bring the beans to a boil for 2 minutes, turn off the heat and allow the beans to sit in the warm water for an hour. When done, drain and rinse.
  2. Then in a food processor, pulse the beans until texture looks crumbly and there are no large pieces left. Transfer beans to a large bowl.
  3. In the same food processor, add the parsley, cilantro, onion, garlic and spices. Pulse everything together until it looks almost looks like a paste. Add mixture to the beans.
  4. Use a large spatula to mix the beans and herbs together. Then add flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix everything well.
  5. Heat a large skillet with vegetable oil (about ¼ inch) and bring oil up to about 370 degrees F. You can test to see if the oil is hot by dropping a small piece of batter. If it sizzles, it's ready.
  6. Use a large tablespoon and form batter into balls. I scoop about 2 tablespoons worth and form a ball between your hands.
  7. Carefully place the falafel in the hot oil. You can fit 4-5 in at once but don't overcrowd the pan. Fry on 1 side until you can see it browning on the sides, about 3-4 minutes. Then flip over and fry other side.
  8. The falafel should be crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.
  9. Lay the falafel on a paper towel lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
  10. Serve falafel with tahini sauce or Greek yogurt and stuff in pita or add to salads or enjoy on its own.
Recipe by Overtime Cook at http://overtimecook.com/2015/06/17/fava-bean-falafel/