Monday, June 11, 2012

Falafel with fresh Fava Beans

Fresh Fava Beans - 3/4 cup (around 20 pods)
Dry chickpeas - 3/4 cup
Roasted Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
Roasted Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Garlic Cloves - 5, grated
Cilantro and Parsley - a handful, chopped
Red Onion 1 small, chopped
Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Baking Powder - a pinch
Arrowroot Powder - 2 heaped tsp
Peanut Oil for deep frying

Soak the chickpeas overnight. Wash and leave them in a colander to drain excess moisture.

Remove the fava beans from the pod. Then using your fingers, remove the thin cover on each beans. Alternatively the beans can be immersed in boiling water for a minute and blanched to remove the skin.

Mix garlic, cilantro, parsley, red onion together in a food processor to make a paste. Add soaked chickpeas, fava beans, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, salt, lemon juice, baking powder, arrowroot powder and pulse to get a coarse mixture. The mixture should be coarse and not very smooth.

Shape into small balls and deep fry on medium low heat until dark brown on both sides.

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