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Vegan Greek Bean Fritters - Favokeftedes

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Author Elena Paravantes RDN


  • 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


  • Boil the beans for about 30-40 minutes and then strain.
  • Smash with a fork, or for a smoother patty mix in food processor.
  • 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).
  • Form small patties (make them flat, not little balls) and cover them with a bit with flour.
  • Heat olive oil in a large pan (about an ½ inch high).
  • 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.


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.