Despite controversy, there seems to be reasonable certainty that falafel may well have originated in Egypt, and were made using Fava Beans. Fava Beans are a type of Broad Bean, and are grown in many countries.
In fact, I’ve just sown some at my allotment, as certain varieties over-winter happily, and beat the dreaded blackfly that make an appearance in June. ( But that’s another story).
Another random fact: according to Wikipedia: the word falafel originates from “The word Falāfil (Arabic: فلافل), which is the plural of Filfil (فلفل), meaning “pepper”.
Below is my recipe for Broad Bean Patties, with lots of delicious ingredients and plenty of coarse ground black pepper. They don’t need veganising, as they always have been, and always will be: vegan.
I love a mezze; so many different flavours and tastes to conjure with so I decided to accompany the patties with my very own homemade pitta bread (which puts all shop-bought pitta in the shade, believe me), a cucumber salad in a minted tahini yogurt dressing, finely chopped spinach, and sharp cucumber pickles.
A feast of greenness.
Unlike some versions of Fava Falafel, I have used frozen baby broad beans, primarily for convenience.
BROAD BEAN PATTIES AND A SIMPLE GREEN MEZZE