Besides it’s delightful name, falafel is a huge staple in Mediterranean food. You may have seen or heard of these tasty treats, but never gotten the chance to try them. This is one food that should definitely be on your list of foods to try. Here’s why!
What is Falafel?
Falafel is a deep-fried ball or round-shaped patty that is made of ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Additional ingredients may include herbs, spices, and onions. Falafel is vegetarian-friendly and is now widely recognized as a popular street food in cities like New York.
These tasty little balls are usually served in a pita or wrapped in a flatbread. The word falafel itself may be referring either to these fritters or the sandwich they’re wrapped in. The falafel sandwich includes falafels wrapped over a bed of lettuce or pickled veggies, with a drizzle of hot sauce or tahini sauce. Falafel balls alone are also great to eat as a snack or as an appetizer.
A Brief History on Falafel
The origins of falafel are quite controversial. There’s quite a few theories on where these tasty little treats come from, but one popular theory states that falafels originate from Egypt. During breakfast, these delicious falafel balls are regularly eaten, and today they are popular for any meal throughout the day. Falafel seems to have appeared as a street food in North America during the 1970s. Being a simple dish without dairy or meat, falafel has gained notoriety among vegetarian and vegan folk.
Falafel is a very popular Mediterranean dish. It is versatile and can fit a variety of dietary preferences. If you’re looking to try out this hearty dish for the first time, come to Zait Bistro Laguna! The falafel is crispy and delicious, as well as available in a delicious entree or sandwich!