This recipe is for 6 serves.
- 1 cup dried garbanzo beans soaked in water to cover overnight and drained
- 1 cup dried shelled fava beans soaked in water to cover overnight and drained
- ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion
- 3 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup sesame seeds
- ¼ cup garbanzo flour
- ¼ cup fine bulgur
- ¼ cup finely-chopped parsley
- ¾ tbsp salt
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- oil for deep-frying
- Run the drained garbanzo beans and fava beans through the fine blade on your meat grinder or in your food processor.
- Blend in all the remaining ingredients and let the mixture stand for 1 hour.
- Form into little patties ⅓-inch thick and 1½-inches round.
- Or you can form them into balls the size of walnuts.
- Deep-fry in 375 degree oil until toasty brown and crunchy on the outside, about 4 minutes.
- This recipe makes about 24 patties, enough for 6 sandwiches.
- Comments: this dish is a favorite among Arab immigrants.
- Falafel or "ta'amia" are patties made from dried beans, splendidly spiced, deep-fried, then eaten as a snack.
- These are traditionally served as a meat substitute and make a great sandwich.
- Fill pita bread with falafel, sliced tomatoes, sliced onion, lettuce and yogurt.