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Lebanese Style Falafel

This falafel is a bit different from the traditional falafel you may have had, which is made of chickpeas. This has the addition of fava beans, bringing a nice new flavour and creaminess. These handheld delights are also great for outdoor parties and picnics.
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You can forgo the frying bit and bake these in the oven at 375 F for about 25 to 30 minutes, flipping once halfway through.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. Puree the chickpeas and fava beans until they form a nice paste.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, parsley and cilantro to the beans. Puree together. You can do this in batches if necessary. If the mixture is too thick, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time.
  3. Stir in the coriander powder, cumin powder, and chili powder. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in a pinch of baking soda.
  4. Use 2 spoons to roll together the falafels, or use your hands to pat them into shape. You want them to be like flattened balls.
  5. Heat 2 inches of oil in a pan and drop in falafel. Don't overcrowd the pan. Fry until they are golden brown all over, a couple minutes.
  6. Drain on a rack, then serve. Goes great with yogurt, tahini sauce, veggies, and flatbreads.
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August 5, 20190 found this helpful

Looks yummy, Toosa! I particularly appreciate the baking-as-opposed-to-frying option! But tell me, please, do you cook the beans at all before pureeing?

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August 5, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks, Rose Anne! I thought of you when I added the baked bit, actually :D No, you do not cook the beans first because then they will be a mushy mess. Most recipes that use cooked beans or canned beans will usually have some flour added to tone down the moisture, and I find this takes away from the flavour and is a lot of unnecessary filler!

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