Great as a snack, these falafels are delicious and high in protein. Serve with nice warm bread and serve with a dollop of tahini sauce.
Combine the chickpeas and broad beans in a large bowl. Pour over boiling water, ensuring beans are completely covered. Soak overnight.
Rinse chickpeas a few times in cold water and drain well. Combine the drained chickpeas and broad beans in a food processor with the garlic, onion, cumin, coriander, pepper, chilli and salt. Process until the mixture becomes a crumbly paste. Cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours.
To prepare tahini sauce, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
Remove falafel mixture from refrigerator and stir in bicarbonate of soda; mix well. Roll heaped tablespoons of falafel mixture into oval shapes.
Heat the vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a large, deep saucepan. Deep-fry the falafels in batches for a few minutes or until golden brown. Serve the warm falafels with the tahini sauce, Lebanese bread, pickled cucumbers, radishes and a fresh salad of sliced tomatoes, lettuce, mint and red onion.
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