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Spring Pea Falafel



Serves 4

Although you’ll typically find that falafel are made with chickpeas, our English pea version is a delicious treat. The sweetness of the peas marries well with the herbs and spices, creating a subtle twist on a classic.

Use fresh peas in the spring and summer months when they are abundant. If you’re buying peas in their pods, you’ll have to shuck them in advance – simply pop them open and run your thumb or finger through to free the peas from the pod. A pound of peas in their pod yields 1 – 1.5 cups of peas. We suggest you purchase extra and enjoy the fresh peas as a snack.




  • 1/2 cup dried green split peas
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh (or thawed frozen) peas
  • 1/2 cup shallots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  1. Working in 2 batches, grind the split peas to a powder in a spice grinder. In a food processor, pulse the thawed peas a few times.
  2. Add the ground split peas, onion, flour, parsley, garlic, coriander, cumin, baking powder, cayenne, lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon of salt and process until thoroughly combined.
  3. Form the mixture into 12 falafel patties using a scant 1/4 cup per patty. Refrigerate until firm.
  4. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the falafel patties in two batches to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat until browned, crisp, and heated through, about 3 minutes per side.
  5. You can serve these immediately aside a fresh salad or in pita bread with your favorite hummus or a cucumber yogurt sauce with fresh mint. You can also store and reheat in the oven at 400 degrees for about 7-10 minutes.

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