A great homemade Falafel Recipe that works a treat! If I can’t find Fava Beans, I just use 3 1/2 cups of the Chick Peas instead. I also prefer to bake the Falafels, to reduce the Oil.
The Falafel Mix can also be frozen – just freeze it before you add the Baking Soda and Baking Powder.
- 2 cups dried Chick Peas
- 1 1/2 cup dried Fava Beans
- 1 cup Cilantro (Coriander Leaves)
- 1/2 cup Parsley
- 1 large Onion
- 8 Garlic Cloves (minced)
- 2 tsp Salt
- 2 tblsp Dried Coriander
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)
- 3-4 tblsp dried Bread Crumbs
- 1 tsp Baking Soda (added before frying)
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder (added before frying)
- 1 vegetable oil for frying in a 2-3 inch deep frying pan
1) Soak the chick peas and fava beans in water over night the day before cooking.
2) Chop and blend the chick peas and fava beans in a food processor until the beans are the consistency of fine bread crumbs. Put in a large bowl.
3) Next put the onion, garlic, cilantro and parsley in the blender and blend until it is a paste consistency, add to bean/chick pea mixture.
4) To the bowl, add the cumin, coriander, salt, black pepper, bread crumbs and cayenne pepper and mix very well. Taste to see if you would like to add more salt or not.
Heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil in a 2 to 3 inch frying pan, turn to medium-low heat.
Add the baking soda and baking powder to the chick pea/bean mixture about 15 minutes before frying and mix well.
Mold the falafel mixture into small balls and drop into oil to fry, continually turn over the falafel balls to keep the color an even brown on all sides, when they are a medium brown color, remove the balls and drain on a paper towel for a minute.