Falafel (Deep Fried Fava
Beans or Chickpeas)


  • 2 cups dried fava beans or chick peas
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon, cayenne pepper
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Flour
  • Oil


  1. Soak the beans or chickpeas in water overnight. Drain. (If you use fava beans that are not skinless, remove the skins.) Mash the beans or peas into a fine paste in a blender.
  2. Add the onion, parsley, egg, garlic, coriander, cumin, cayenne, baking soda, salt and pepper. Mix well in the blender. Let the mixture stand for 1/2 hour in the refrigerator.
  3. Shape into small (1-inch) balls. Dust with flour.
  4. Heat oil in a deep pan or use a deep fryer. Cook a few balls at a time, turning them until they are crisp and golden brown (approximately 5 minutes).
  5. Drain on paper towels.
  6. Serve while hot with Tahini or wrapped inside pita bread with sauce and lettuce.

Yields 30 to 35 balls.