Indy Power: Spicy Butter Bean Falafel

Beans make a delicious twist on traditional falafel.

Spicy Butter Bean Falafel

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

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Gluten free & vegan. Serves 6.


1 tin butter beans

2 cloves garlic

15g tahini

15g harissa

½ lemon

20g sesame seeds

2 tbsp olive oil


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Bake at 200°C for 25 minutes until golden. Flip them once after about 15 minutes.

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