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Falafel is really a falafel ball. It is typically fried, but may also be baked. It always consists of one or more types of beans; usually fava beans or chickpeas. In some regional varieties parsley is added too.

All other ingredients may vary, depending on flavor preferences or preparation technique.



  1. The night before, place the chickpeas in a bowl and cover with water (they will expand, so cover with at least a couple of inches). Drain, rinse, and dry before using. Note: this will be about 4 cups' worth, all of which gets used.
  2. In a food processor or blender puree chickpeas. To the chickpeas add the other ingredients (garlic, peanut butter, green onion, onion, egg, coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper and soy sauce); process until well mixed.
  3. Shape into balls, using about 1 tablespoon for each.
  4. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Brown balls on all sides.