Broad bean falafels with lemony tahini-yoghurt sauce

Falafel burger with a dollop of lemony tahini-yoghurt sauce.
Falafel burger with a dollop of lemony tahini-yoghurt sauce. Photo: Eddie Jim
Dietary
Vegetarian

I've been intending to make these falafels, but I always forget to soak the chickpeas. So here goes a version with the option of using fresh broad beans, shelled, pureed and seasoned heavily with the flavours of the Mediterranean.

Ingredients

1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight, or 2 cups fresh broad beans, removed from the pod

1/3 cup onion, finely minced

1 garlic clove, finely minced

1/3 cup Italian parsley, finely chopped

1/3 cup coriander, finely chopped

1 tsp ground cumin pinch of hot chilli flakes

1 tsp sea salt

3 tbsp water safflower oil (for frying)

For tahini lemon yoghurt sauce

(makes 1 1/2 cups)

3/4 cup tahini

3/4 cup yoghurt

1 clove garlic, finely minced

1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tsp sea salt

For a burger:

bread, and burger fillings such as crisp lettuce, pickles, tomato slices, fresh cucumber

Method

If using dried soaked chickpeas, drain and place raw into the food processor.

If using the fresh broad beans, simply boil for 10 minutes, drain and throw into the food processor.

Add the onion, garlic, parsley, coriander, cumin, chilli and salt. Puree, making sure to scrape down the side of the bowl.

Add the water and pulse until the mixture is gritty but fine and green. Scrape the paste into a bowl.

In a small heavy pot or wok heat 6cm of oil to 180C. Scoop the mixture into the palm of your hand and fashion into little flying saucers.

Spoon into the hot oil and fry for about 2 minutes in small batches until crisp and brown, then drain on paper towels.

Alternatively, try baking the falafel in a hot oven, making sure to baste them once with oil.

For the sauce: combine all the ingredients and whisk well to create a smooth consistency. The more you whisk it the thicker it becomes. Thin with more lemon juice or yoghurt.

To assemble: choose your bread and layer with crisp lettuce, pickles, tomato slices, fresh cucumbers, falafel and oozing sauce. Enclose and get messy.