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Spicy Fava Bean Falafel

SPICY FAVA BEAN FALAFEL

Yield 2 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Drain the water off of the fava beans (they should have a rubbery consistency and their tough leathery outer shells should be easy to remove.) Throw away any fava beans that have not softened. Discard the shells and transfer the small white beans to a food processor. Drain the chickpeas and add them to the food processor. Pulse a few times only.
  2. Add in the next eight ingredients and pulse until the ingredients have blended, but are still slightly coarse. Transfer the batter to a medium-sized bowl and refrigerate for at least four hours.
  3. In a small and deep saucepan, pour plenty of vegetable oil (enough to submerge the falafel in). Heat the oil over medium-high heat for 7-10 minutes. While you are waiting for the oil to heat up, roll the falafel into golf-ball sized pieces and set aside.
  4. Throw a pinch of the batter into the oil to test its readiness. If it sizzles immediately, you are ready to fry.
  5. Working in batches, slowly submerge the falafel into the oil and fry for about 3 minutes, or until the falafel is golden brown. (I use a skimmer, but a large heat-resistant spoon works well too.)TIP! Since the batter is cold, it is best to only fry a few at a time. Frying large batches will reduce the temperature of your oil and you’ll end up with a soggy mess.
  6. Immediately transfer the fried falafel onto paper towels to drain. The used oil may be cooled, strained and stored in the refrigerator and used a few more times before being discarded.
  7. Serve with the sriracha-vegenaise dressing or a tahini sauce.

Recipe by Olives for Dinner at https://olivesfordinner.com/2011/09/spicy-fava-bean-falafe.html