I should have picked these Broad Beans
while they were small and tender. Quite a few have grown fairly large, and if steamed and eaten the skins are tough and leathery and the beans have a bitter taste.
But I have always wanted to make Felafel, a Middle Eastern or Southern Mediterranean dish usually made with chick peas, but in some places like Egypt, they also add Broad Beans.
So after steaming them, they can be skinned easily. The green inside just pops out. Try to get them as dry and firm as possible and the recipe recommends leaving them in a refrigerator overnight to harden. These can be mashed or blended with finely chopped onions, garlic, a tin of drained chick peas.
The spices I used were salt, cumin, coriander and chilli.
These are blended together with some self raising flour
until the consistency holds together in a firm paste.
The paste is moulded into shapes and a little more flour used to stop them sticking. Some Felafel
are shaped into golf ball sized lumps and deep fried.
I thought I would shape mine into little patties. So again I am leaving them in the fridge to dry and firm up overnight.
They smell divine already! I will let you know how they taste tomorrow!