• Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 12h 20m

Makes 2 dozen balls

Although falafel is made from chickpeas over here, in Lebanon it is usually made from dried fava beans, with a handful of dried chickpeas sometimes thrown in. Favas have a wonderful flavor, but if you can't find them, dried white beans, such as cannellini or navy, can be substituted. Street vendors usually tuck falafel into pita bread with chopped lettuce and tomato and plenty of tahini sauce. At home, the balls can be served as an hors d'oeuvre, with a bowl of Tahini Sauce for dipping.

ingredients

  • 1 cup dried peeled fava beans (7 ounces), soaked overnight
  • 3/4 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Pure olive oil or canola oil, for frying
  • Tahini Sauce (see recipe)

Companion recipe: Tahini Sauce

directions

Drain and rinse the favas and chickpeas and put them in a food processor. Add the onion, parsley, cilantro, garlic, baking powder, salt, cumin and crushed red pepper. Pulse, scraping down the side of the bowl to form a coarse paste. Add the water and process until the mixture is gritty but fine and brilliant green. Scrape the paste into a bowl.

In a medium saucepan, heat 2 inches of oil to 350 degrees F. Scoop rounded tablespoons of the falafel mixture into the hot oil and fry in small batches until browned and crisp, about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels set over a wire rack and serve hot, with Tahini Sauce.

Recipe created by Nancy Harmon Jenkins.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.

RecID 5796

nutrition information per serving

66 calories; 2g total fat; 0mg cholesterol; 91mg sodium; 9g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 3g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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