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Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins
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.
- 1 cup peeled dried fava beans, soaked overnight (7 ounces)
- 3⁄4 cup dried garbanzo beans, 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
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- 3 tablespoons water
- pure olive oil or canola oil
- 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.