Broad Bean Falafel



These are superb when eaten with some garlic yoghurt, squashed into a bit of lebanese bread. It doesn’t get much tastier. They’re great hot or cold and as a snack or part of a bigger meal. The Lebanese food in Sydney is outstanding, especially a little place in Greenacre called Alaseel. The falafel there are awesome, not to mention their amazing kebabs, pickles and garlic sauce. It’s a fair hike out there, so these little falafel will tide me over till I can get out there again.


200g fresh broad beans
200g chickpeas (canned)
3 cloves garlic (crushed)
4 spring onions (chopped)
2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley (chopped)
2 tablespoons fresh mint (chopped)
3 teaspoons ground cumin
3 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon toaster cumin seeds
lemon juice (to taste)
1 teaspoon baking powder (combined with 2 tablespoons warm water)
olive oil (to bind)
salt & pepper

Put all ingredients into a food processor (except olive oil). Pulse the mixture into a coarse paste. Then add a little olive oil at a time until you reach a sausage meat type consistency. Roll 1 tablespoon size balls with your hands and arrange on a plate. Cover and refridgerate for about an hour.
Heat about 10cm of olive oil in a wok until hot. Drop a few falafel into the oil and cook, stirring, to brown all sides for about 1-2 minutes. Drain on paper towels and repeat for all the falafel.

Hot or cold with some kind of garlicy sauce. I like with yoghurt, garlic and mint.

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