fa·​la·​fel | \ fə-ˈlä-fəl How to pronounce falafel (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
plural falafel also felafel

Definition of falafel

: a spicy mixture of ground vegetables (such as chickpeas or fava beans) formed into balls or patties and then fried

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Start your meal with the appetizer sampler platter (hummus, baba ghanouj, and falafel). al, "Where to get the city’s best Italian and Mediterranean food," 26 Aug. 2019 Veg heads can go for mixed fajita veggies or falafel. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Got the Mexi-Med munchies? It’s fusion first at I-Drive’s Mexican Camel | Review," 22 Aug. 2019 The selfie-perfect patio offers the same mostly New American dishes as its Washington Avenue counterpart, with a few international dishes, including shepherd's pie, fish and chips, falafel and Cajun chicken. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's best patio bars & restaurants, July 2019," 24 July 2019 To serve this growing demographic, major retailers are expanding the ethnic food aisles offering such Middle Eastern staples as hummus, tahini, falafel and increasingly, gourmet sweets. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "How an Old School Jordanian Sweets Maker Made it to Walmart," 19 July 2019 The menu spotlights mezza, or small plates, including hummus, falafel and shawarma, as well as a variety of kebabs and lamb dishes and a section of vegetarian dishes. Ava Garcia, azcentral, "The 'most exciting Lebanese restaurant in metro Phoenix' just opened in Glendale," 11 July 2019 According to Burgerim’s website, the restaurant’s burgers are made of Angus, dry-aged and Spanish beef, as well as Hawaiian salmon, falafel and lamb. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Burgerim plans restaurant in Ledgewood Plaza in Strongsville," 25 June 2019 In Hebrew class, the emphasis is on learning how to order falafel, or listening to classic Israeli singers, said Snait Ben-Herut, a Hebrew teacher. Ben Sales, sun-sentinel.com, "Sarasota Jewish Day school welcomes ‘children of all faiths’," 20 Aug. 2019 Choose from falafel, chicken kebab or beef schwarma pita sandwiches all of which cost less than $5 before tax. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "10 best places for cheap eats in downtown Phoenix," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of falafel

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for falafel

Arabic falāfil

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