Thai Mung Bean Felafels

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 small bunch fresh cilantro
  • 4 green onions ends trimmed, white and green parts!
  • 2 hot peppers seeded I use serrano)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small piece fresh ginger peeled (about 2")
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt to taste
  • 2 cups cooked mung beans drained well and COOLED COMPLETELY ( I have used both the split mung beans found in Asian markets that are yellow, as well as the whole green ones found in natural foods stores -usually in bulk by the other beans. We liked them both ways, but the whole ones were easy to find organic and aren't from China where regulation is bit more loosey goosey)
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa COOLED COMPLETELY (cook 1 cup rinsed quinoa w/ 1 1/3 cup water. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat and cook 15 minutes until tender).


  1. In a food processor fitted with an "s" blade, blend all ingredients except the beans and quinoa until finely minced.
  2. Add in the beans and continue to pulse until pasty and slightly smooth, but not pureed (this is more necessary with the whole beans).
  3. Add in the quinoa and pulse until well blended.
  4. You can refrigerate the whole mixture at this point if you like until you are ready to pan fry them.
  5. Prep your fixings. I recommend fresh tomatoes, avocado slices, and instead of buns or wraps or pitas: a lettuce or napa cabbage leaf to wrap and around and crunch's a great texture!! I also like to serve them atop shredded raw cabbage. I also like to make a drizzle of m homemade mayo and Sriacha mixed together.
  6. When ready, preheat a stainless steel pan over medium heat. When hot, add in a tablespoon of your preferred fat.
  7. Gather a handful of the mixture in your hands and gently pat and form into a patty.
  8. Place in the preheated pan, repeat, adding more oil as necessary.
  9. Cook each patty about 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown, adjust your heat if necessary. Because there are no eggs, these patties are more fragile, so use care when flipping IF appearances are important to you