fava bean falafel

easy vegan falafel recipe

simple, fresh, & delicious


We absolutely love falafel, love them in salads or as a sandwich. If you’ve made falafel from a box or never made it all, then this recipe is for you!! It’s so easy you’ll be wondering why you haven’t been making homemade falafel till now!


Fava Bean Falafel

What You Will Need

  • 2 cups dried fava beans soaked overnight, then drained

  • 1/2 medium spanish or yellow Onion diced

  • 3 large garlic cloves diced

  • 2 teaspoons cumin

  • 2 tablespoons parsley minced

  • juice of 1 lemon

  • salt to taste

  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot or cornstarch

  • vegetable oil enough to fill your frying pan 1/4 inch high


  • food processor

  • 2 mixing bowls

  • rubber spatula

  • frying pan

1.5 hours prep time // 8 min cook time



  • combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, except the arrowroot

  • have your food processor, rubber spatula, and empty mixing bowl ready

  • now, run the ingredients through the food processor until its chopped small, not pureed (should look like large grains of sand) You may have to do this in a few batches depending on the size of your food processor. When you have one batch done, transfer the mix to your empty bowl. Repeat this step until all the ingredients have been processed.

    ** pro tip - as you are mixing, the ingredients tend to stick to the sides in the food processor, so scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula to make sure you have an even blend

  • after all the ingredients have been chopped in the food processor, add the arrowroot and mix well with a rubber spatula

  • run the ingredients again through the food processor, using the same technique as above, this time stop when it looks like small to fine grains of sand

  • cover and refrigerate mix for 1 hour

  • once the mix is chilled, heat your oil over med heat

  • scoop about 1 + 1/2 tablespoons of the mix and form into a ball or patty shape

  • carefully place the falafel balls in the hot oil

  • cook until golden brown, gently turning to make sure you cook all sides

    serve with pita bread and toppings or add them to your favorite salad

    for my favorite falafel toppings, be sure to check out this recipe

    If you want to see me make this recipe watch this YouTube video



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