What is Falafel?
Falafel is a ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, ground fava beans, or a combination of the two. Although the exact origin of falafel is unknown, it is thought to have originated in Egypt and later spread throughout the Middle East. Today, falafel is enjoyed all over the world, and is particularly popular among vegetarians.
When preparing falafel, the chickpeas or fava beans are not cooked prior to use: instead, they are soaked in baking soda, and then ground together with various ingredients such as parsley, scallions, and garlic.
Once the mixture has been created, it is shaped into balls or patties. This can be done by hand, or with a special tool called an aleb falafel. The mixture is then deep fried, or sometimes baked, to create a treat that’s crunchy on the outside and delicious on the inside.
Falafel is commonly served in pitas and flatbread wraps. The falafel balls are often topped with vegetables, such as tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumbers. Falafel is also commonly accompanied by hummus or tahini.