2 cups dried Fava Beans (peeled), soaked in cold water overnight or up to 24 hours
1 large onion, chopped
6 large cloves of Garlic, minced
1/3 cup chopped Parsley
1/3 cup chopped Cilantro
Juice of one lemon
2 teaspoons Salt
2 teaspoons Aleppo Pepper (or other hot dried red pepper)
2 teaspoons Cumin
1/2 cup Gluten Free Flour (I used Cup4Cup)
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
Oil for Frying
Put the drained Fava Beans in the Cuisinart (can also use a Blender or Stick Blender) with the Lemon Juice, Onion, Garlic, Parsley and Cilantro and process unit it is a coarse paste. Remove to a bowl and add in the Salt, Aleppo Pepper and Cumin. Stir in the Gluten Free Flour and the Baking Powder.
Heat a few inches of oil in a frying pan (I used my Wok) and heat oil until hot. Make small balls of the mixture and drop carefully into the hot oil, turning and pressing down slightly and cook until dark brown on both sides. Remove and place on paper towels. Repeat but let the oil heat back up again for a few moments between each batch.
Serve with Tahini Sauce or Harissa Ketchup or put into Pitas. They can also be reheated in the oven.
Five Element Analysis
Beans of all sorts belong to the Water Element, but frying is a Fire Element cooking method so both Water and Fire are covered in this dish and the dipping sauces add even more Water from the Sesame Seeds in the Tahini and Fire from the Ketchup and Harissa. The Onion, Garlic, Cilantro and Parsley along with the Gluten Free Flour all contribute the Metal Element. The Wood Element is represented by the Lemon Juice in the Falafel and also in the Tahini Sauce and the Earth Element is missing. So, be sure to add a bit more Wood and a lot more Earth in the same appetizer spread or at a later meal to find balance.