Spicy Butter Bean Falafel


  • 1 Tin of Butter Beans (240g Drained Weight)
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 20g of Tahini
  • 15g of Harissa
  • ½ Lemon
  • 20g of Sesame Seeds
  • 45ml of Olive Oil

This is a delicious little twist on falafel. You can use classic chickpeas but butter beans make a lovely subtle change and the zing and heat of the harissa is gorgeous. Use a nice oily harissa and the runniest tahini you can find.

Preheat the oven to 200’C.

Start by draining the butter beans and rinsing them.

Add them to your food processor with the tahini, minced garlic, harissa and the juice of half a lemon.

Season with salt and pepper and pulse until it’s just starting to come together. Don’t over blend it, you want it to be a chunky paste that holds together when shaped but isn’t smooth.

Use your hands to roll the mixture into balls and then roll them in sesame seeds to coat. Grease a roasting tray well with olive oil, then add the balls and shake it gently so they roll around in the oil.

Add a good glug of olive oil to a large pan on medium high heat. When it’s hot, shallow fry the falafel for a few minutes each side until golden all over. If you would prefer to bake them- bake at 200’C for 25 minutes until golden. Flip them once after about 15 minutes.

5 Comments to Spicy Butter Bean Falafel

  1. Katie says:

    Hi Indy
    Any advice for when they turn out too wet and mushy? I’ve left them in the oven for ages but they won’t go firm, they just fall apart!

    • Indy Power says:

      It sounds like they might have been blended too much, you want to blend so that it is coming together but not so much that it’s mushy x

  2. Fiona says:

    Can these be frozen?

  3. Linda says:

    Hi Indy,
    What is the side you served along with the Falafel? It looks delicious. The whole plate looks delicious!.