These Falafel Spiders are so tasty and fun to construct, kids won’t wonder why these spooky “treats” aren’t sweet, but savory. The whole family can shape the fava bean falafel balls with their hands and transform them into spiders with the help of a little bell pepper, hummus and a few black olives. This recipe comes to us from Sala of Veggie Belly.
To make the fava bean falafel balls:
Together: Place the chickpeas in a medium bowl and fill with water. Soak the chickpeas for 8-10 hours, or overnight. Drain the chickpeas well and place them on a bed of paper towels. Add the thawed fava beans to the towel with the chickpeas and pat dry with a few more paper towels.
Adult: Place the chickpeas and fava beans into a food processor. Add the onion, garlic, cilantro, parsley, cumin, coriander, baking powder, bread, salt and chili powder, if using. Pulse until it forms coarse dough.
Kid: Divide the dough into 8 equal parts. Form each part into a ball and flatten each ball slightly.
Adult: Prepare a plate with a layer of paper towels. Pour enough canola oil into a skillet so that each falafel ball will be halfway submerged in oil. Place the skillet over medium-high heat and heat the oil until it sizzles when you add a falafel ball. Fry the falafel balls for 1-2 minutes per side, or until browned and crisp on both sides. Transfer from the skillet to the paper towel lined plate.
To complete the Falafel Spiders:
Adult: Cut the red bell pepper in half and remove the inner white membrane. Carve out a shape which resembles a small mouth. Repeat until you have 8 mouths. Cut each green bell pepper into 8 long strips, cut the strips in half. These are the spider’s legs. Cut each olive in half lengthwise. Cut each half into 3 semi-circles. These are the Falafel Spider’s eyes.
Together: Place the falafel balls on a serving platter. Take the green bell pepper strips and insert 4 into each falafel ball to serve as the spider’s legs. Using a toothpick, place a small drop of hummus where the spider’s mouth and eyes would be. Use the hummus as an edible adhesive to attach eyes and mouths from the olives and red bell pepper to each Falafel Spider. Enjoy!