Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern dish that is made from ground chickpeas or fava beans, mixed with various herbs and spices, shaped into small balls or patties, and then fried until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
The ingredients used in falafel may vary slightly depending on the recipe, but typically include ground chickpeas or fava beans, onion, garlic, fresh parsley, cilantro, cumin, coriander, and salt. Sometimes other spices like paprika, turmeric, or chili powder are added as well.
To prepare falafel, the ingredients are first soaked and then ground into a thick paste. The paste is then formed into small balls or patties and deep-fried until golden brown and crispy.
Falafel is often served in a pita bread pocket along with various toppings such as diced tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, lettuce, and tahini sauce. It can also be served on a plate with hummus, baba ghanoush, or other dips, and accompanied by fresh vegetables and flatbread.
Falafel is a delicious and nutritious vegetarian option that is high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats. It is enjoyed by people all over the world and is often considered a staple food in Middle Eastern cuisine.