Saturday, 15 November 2014

RECIPE - British Black Badger & Fava Bean Falafel

The age old question every vegan and vegetarian has been asked at least a thousand times (every damn day): "where do you get your protein?"

For many of us, the answer is beans, grains and pulses, those deliciously versatile little chunks of goodness. I love beans. I also love falafel, which just so happens to be made from beans, traditionally chickpeas, or a mixture of chickpeas and fava beans.

This week we decided to make falafel with a bit of a British twist, using a combo of fava beans and black badger peas from Hodemedods* - suppliers of beans and pulses grown here in Britain.

Hodmedods Great British Peas & Beans


Hodmedods Whole Dried Fava Beans

Fava beans - which are a kind of broad bean - have been grown in the UK since the Iron Age! As you can see from the handy box above, they are high in protein and fibre, and low in fat. AKA, awesome.

To make our British falafel you'll need:

150g whole dried black badger peas (we used these ones from Hodemedods)
150g whole dried fava beans (we used these ones from Hodmedods)
1 bunch of fresh parsley
1 bunch of fresh coriander (or cilantro if you're from the US)
6 cloves of garlic
1 bunch spring onions
1 white onion
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsp ground coriander
2 tbsp gram flour or plain flour
Oil for frying

We split this between two of us but there was loads left over, so it would easily serve three or four people.

First measure out your beans and peas, and pop them in a large bowl together,

Hodmedods Whole Dried Black Badger Peas & Fava Beans

Hodmedods Whole Dried Black Badger Peas & Fava Beans

Cover the pulses in cold water and leave them to soak overnight.

Hodmedods Whole Dried Black Badger Peas & Fava Beans

Once they've soaked, give them a rinse and pop them in a food processor. Blitz until they look like breadcrumbs.

Hodmedods Whole Dried Black Badger Peas & Fava Beans

Hodmedods Whole Dried Black Badger Peas & Fava Beans

Remove them from the food processor and place to one side in a bowl.

Add the other ingredients (apart from the flour) to the food processor and blitz until it forms a paste.

British Black Badger & Fava Bean Vegan Falafel

Add the paste to the bowl with the beans and peas. Add the flour and mix until a rough dough forms.

Heat an inch of oil in the bottom of a deep pan. Roll the falafel dough into golf ball size pieces and fry in the oil for about one minute. Flip the falafel over and fry for a further minute.

British Black Badger & Fava Bean Vegan Falafel

Serve with whatever you like! We went for the below mixture of homemade hummus, amba sauce and fresh salsa in flatbreads. Deeeelish.

Homemade Hummus, Fresh Salsa & Amba Sauce

British Black Badger & Fava Bean Vegan Falafel

British Black Badger & Fava Bean Vegan Falafel

We've made loads of different kinds of falafel over the years but this was by far my favourite, and it's nice to know that the beans were grown right here on British soil! If you make this be sure to tag me in your foody snaps on Instagram @teaonthetyne.

More bean recipes coming up soon including one that's just perfect for this chilly winter weather.

Emily x
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