Ta'ameya (Egyptian Falafel)


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.

close up view of a Ta'ameya (Egyptian Falafel) sandwich with tomatoes, onions and lettuce on a white plate
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 28 mins
50 falafel


  • 2 cups dried split fava beans

  • 1 red onion, quartered

  • ½ cup fresh parsley

  • ½ cup fresh cilantro

  • ½ cup fresh dill

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 cup sesame seeds (Optional)

  • vegetable oil for frying


  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
12g Fat
23g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 234
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Sodium 359mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 189mg 15%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 449mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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