Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Varieties of herbs, spices, and onions are often added to the flour. It is a well-known dish from the Middle East, which most likely originated in Egypt.
As part of vegetarian cuisine, and as a form of street food, falafel is now found worldwide. Falafel balls are commonly served in a pita, that acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread, which is also known as a taboon in western Arab countries.
Falafel is also often referred to as a wrapped sandwich filled with falafel balls, salad, pickled vegetables, and drizzled with hot sauce or a tahini sauce.
About Middle Eastern Falafel Recipe
Falafel has also reached the Palestinian Jewish communities. However, their relation to falafel is more complicated. It was readily accepted by the first settlers alongside the indigenous population. They have grown used to cultural exchange with their Muslim neighbors for a long time, and have given no thought to whether or not it was an ‘Arab’ food. They just incorporated it into their own kitchen, since they had many other foods. The ingredients could either be purchased cheaply or cultivated without difficulty, and they were also convenient to eat.
As an alternative to meat-based street food, falafel has become popular among vegetarians and vegans and is now sold in many health food stores. For more international snack recipes, click here.
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