Small fried balls made with either chickpeas or ground broad beans, and flavoured with spices, onion, garlic and herbs. Recipes vary and many in the Middle East claim falafel as their national dish, especially the Christians of Egypt, for whom it is a lenten dish. The chickpea version is seen in Israel, where it is a popular street food, served in a pitta bread wrapping with hummus, tahini sauce and salad. In Egypt, falafel are made with white broad beans and are known as ta’amia.
Also known as — felafel