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Ta'ameya (Egyptian Falafel)

Rated as 3.83 out of 5 Stars

"Falafel, or ta'ameya as we call it in Egypt, is an all-time favorite street food. In most parts of the Middle East, falafel is made with ground chickpeas. However, in Egypt, we make it with dried fava beans. They are best served with pita bread, tomato, onions, and tahini sauce."
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8 h 28 m servings 234
Original recipe yields 10 servings (50 falafel)


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  1. Place fava beans in large bowl and cover with several inches of water. Let soak, 8 hours to overnight. Drain.
  2. Combine soaked fava beans, red onion, parsley, cilantro, dill, garlic, coriander, salt, and cumin in a food processor; process to a dough-like consistency.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add sesame seeds; cook, stirring occasionally, until toasted, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large plate.
  4. Shape fava bean mixture into balls. Roll in sesame seeds to coat.
  5. Fill a large saucepan 1/4 full with oil; heat over medium heat. Fry fava bean balls in batches until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You can substitute half the fava beans with chickpeas if you are used to traditional falafel.
  • Editor's Note:
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 234 calories; 12.2 22.8 10.8 0 359 Full nutrition

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These were delicious, but I could not get them to stay together once I began frying them. The mixture came together beautifully and held together great until I put them in the oil. They never re...

Came out fabulous! The mix held together well and fried up nicely. Delicious flavor. I only had a white onion, but that worked out just fine. I know I should't change the recipe, but thought...

I made this the other night and as other people have said, the taste was good (I used chickpeas since that's what I had) but they completely fell apart while cooking. I read on another site that...

Wonderful, authentic recipe!

Tasted great, but I had an issue with consistency. I wound up baking these instead of frying them as they sort of melted in the pan. Sadly, baking dried the recipe out a bit, so I would need to ...