Vegan Greek Bean Fritters-Favokeftedes

September 10, 2013

Vegan Bean Fritters Favokeftedes

I remember when I came across my first meatless burger, and I cannot say that I was particularly excited. For starters I did not like the taste and why would I eat something that contains highly processed ingredients but yet acts like it is healthier than a regular burger? But wait a minute, veggie patties have always been an important part of the Mediterranean diet; falafel, the chickpea fritters and the Greek zucchini fritters (kolokithoketedes) come to mind. In the Greek cuisine there are also tomato patties, wild greens patties, onion patties and several bean fritters. They often call these patties pseudo-patties (pseftokeftedes) because they do not contain meat and therefore are not “real” patties. These patties were popular on the Greek islands and are usually served as a meze or appetizer but as part of a main meal as well.

While you do not want to be eating fried food everyday, these type of patties are full of good ingredients and having them as a side dish or even as a main course will provide a good amount of vegetables and herbs, along with fiber, protein and antioxidants and you can always try the baked version too (see below). Plus these patties are for the most part vegan. That was there purpose, particularly for Greeks who fasted from animal products for almost 200 days a year. But if you are not vegan, no worries, most of these recipes have versions with cheese and egg added to them.

This recipe uses fava (not broad beans but yellow split peas) along with some onion, garlic and bread crumbs (I used whole grain barley and wheat crumbs). I did not add egg in this particular recipe but you can, as it helps keep them together.

I both baked and fried these and they are equally delicious, the fried being more moist and the baked having a more “biscuit” texture to them.

For the fried version, I only lightly fried them without using too much olive oil, rather then plunging them in the oil.

Vegan Greek Bean Fritters - Favokeftedes

Category: Appetizer

Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean

Vegan Greek Bean Fritters - Favokeftedes

Ingredients

  • ½ pound yellow split peas
  • 1 small carrot grated
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 bunch of chopped mint or parsley (or both)
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • ¼ tsp. cumin
  • 3-4 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • Flour for frying

Instructions

  1. Boil the beans for about 30-40 minutes and then strain.
  2. Smash with a fork, or for a smoother patty mix in food processor.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients (except flour) and mix well. Knead with hands until all ingredients are well incorporated. Cover mixture and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour (you can leave it overnight).
  4. Form small patties (make them flat, not little balls) and cover them with a bit with flour.
  5. Heat olive oil in a large pan (about an ½ inch high).
  6. Once oil is hot (do not let it burn or smoke) add the patties, and fry on both sides until golden. For about 4 minutes total.

Notes

If you prefer baking them here's how:

1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius). 2. Add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the bean mixture and knead well. 3. Form into small patties and place on pan lined with wax paper. 4. Brush each patty with olive oil. 5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve warm with lemon.


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Photos by Elena Paravantes

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15 Comments

  • Reply catalina November 6, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I love your recipes!! Thank you for sharing them. I am vegan and my husband is gluten free so many of your recipes are helpful. For this recipe, do you think i can replace the bread crumbs with a bean flour? Like fava bean flour?

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD November 8, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Thank you Catalina! Not sure, but it sounds like it should be OK, the bread crumbs are a just binder for the recipe. Or maybe some ground oatmeal.

  • Reply Naomio May 25, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I made this today and it tastes awesome! Thanks for creating this blog, so ha

  • Reply Naomi May 25, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    ..sorry getting used to a touch screen haha.

    I meant to say…

    Thank you for creating this blog. So happy I have found it 🙂

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD May 28, 2014 at 6:20 am

      Thank you Naomi!

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  • Reply Helen November 21, 2015 at 4:12 am

    I love the sound of these patties but I shall attempt them with kidney beans, I think they should work. I love your blog.

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD November 21, 2015 at 7:31 am

      It should work fine with any bean!

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  • Reply Ange Kenos August 9, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    My yia yia added some potato and made them in the shape of fat fingers. Very easy to consume

    • Reply Elena August 16, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Thanks for the suggestion Ange!

  • Reply Dr. Theo May 28, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    I used some Quinoa instead of bread crumbs and turned out great!

  • Reply Eleni Tsarnas September 18, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    How many patties does the recipe make? Is there a way to make them a few days in advance of when I need them ?

    Thank you!
    Eleni

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN September 19, 2018 at 5:16 am

      Hi Eleni, About 20 patties. You could make the dough about 2 days in advance, but you need to add additional flour when are you ready to prepare.

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