Stuffed in a tortilla bread (shock, horror - this one was shop-bought :-)) and drizzled with a tahini dressing, these little bean balls were delicious. Instead of the usual chick peas I opted for tinned adzuki beans because that's all I had - I reckon you can use pretty much any type of canned bean such as kidney, black,... As with so many things, the secret is in the seasoning - I found that ground cumin was essential in this recipe and if you are using beans canned in just water (rather than salt water), remember to add a bit more salt.
Most recipes suggest using a food processor to mash up the beans but to be honest, I found that a good old potato masher or large fork and a bowl work equally well (easier to clean afterwards as well). The falafel can be eaten hot or cold and would make a great addition to any lunchbox.
Luckily, I have a few of these leftover in case I get the munchies later on.... :-)
Adzuki Bean Falafel (makes 9 falafel)
For the falafel
1 x 400g can adzuki beans, drained & rinsed
3 tbsp flour
1 egg, beaten
1 small onion, cut into small pieces
1 - 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 tsp cumin
a little chilli powder (depending on how hot you like it)
a handful of fresh coriander/cilantro (or some dried & ground if you don't have any)
a squeeze of lemon or lime juice
a little vegetable oil for frying
For the tahini dressing
125ml tahini (sesame paste)
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
juice of half a lemon
a little olive oil
optional: a little water to dilute the sauce a bit
- In a bowl mash up the drained beans with a fork or potato masher - it's good to leave a bit of texture.
- In a small frying pan, soften the onion and garlic, then add to the mashed beans.
- Add all the other falafel ingredients and mix well to combine.
- Using a tablespoon or ice-cream scoop, take some of the mixture and form into a patty. Place on a plate and repeat until you have used up all the mix (which might feel a little sticky/wet - that's fine). Put the plate into the fridge for 20 minutes to leave to rest.
- Heat up the oil in a frying pan (approx. 2 tbsp - you shouldn't need too much) and when hot, add the falafel balls/patties.
- Fry for about 5 - 7 minutes, turning frequently and adding more oil to the pan if needed.
- Once browned and crisped up, remove from the pan onto a plate lined with a couple of sheets of kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil.
- For the tahini dressing, simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and drizzle the sauce on top of the falafel or use as a dipping sauce.