Falafel is a traditional dish that was vegan long before they invented the term. It also happens to be absolutely delicious. They’re crunchy on the outside but fluffy and light on the inside. They also contain lots of herbs and spices. It is the kind of dish that even a carnivore will enjoy.
Falafel is a traditional dish from the Middle East. Recipes for falafel differ slightly from region to region. In Egypt, for example, falafel is made from fava beans. While in Israel, they use ground chickpeas. In most other parts of the world, this last version is the most popular.
To make falafel, you use chickpeas that are uncooked. You only soak them in cold water. I know there are recipes out there that use cooked (canned) chickpeas. The texture of those falafels will inevitably be different though. Forming the falafel balls will also be more difficult, which is why most of those recipes also contain eggs. Which of course makes the dish no longer vegan.
You can eat falafel in many ways (with more probably invented every day). But the falafel burger, with falafel served inside a pita bread, is probably the most well known. That’s also the version we usually eat. We tend to fill our falafel burgers with as many ingredients as we can. A bit of sauce, like our Lebanese garlic sauce. Lots of veggies, like lettuce, carrots, onion and tomatoes. And finally, for bit of extra spice, a couple of pickled chillies.
Truthfully, we do have to squeeze our falafels flat, to get everything to fit. It tastes absolutely delicious though.
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