fa·la·fel | \fə-ˈlä-fəl \
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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Naveen Mohiuddin owns two Halal Guys franchise restaurants, in Northeast Philadelphia and King of Prussia, that serve simple Middle Eastern-Mediterranean food, like gyros, falafel, rice platters, and hummus. Allison Steele, Philly.com, "Ramadan a time for peace, joyful celebration - and nightly feasts," 5 June 2018 Make falafel: Place drained and rinsed garbanzo beans in a large bowl. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "YMCA farm-themed camps teach where food comes from," 3 July 2018 Food Trucks:America’s Test Kitchen debuts its own food truck on July 17, serving dishes made from ATK recipes, including falafel, Philadelphia roast-pork sandwiches, shrimp tacos, and black bean burgers. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "You’ll be delighted by this Fool’s Errand," 28 June 2018 Kabobs, falafel, salads, hummus, wraps and desserts are all there, along with bowls, like beet and yellow tomato and gyro over seasoned fries, and soups like lentil and lemon chicken. Celestina Blok, star-telegram, "Restaurant roundup: Bartaco in WestBend, Newk's up north and deals for Dad's day," 6 June 2018 The mezza plate is a must: hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanuje, and falafel, with warm pita bread. Rainbow Rowell, Bon Appetit, "At El Basha, Eat Your Soup and Don’t Ask Questions," 6 June 2018 Children can help mash the chickpeas and form the falafel into the patties. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "YMCA farm-themed camps teach where food comes from," 3 July 2018 Try the fresh-mushroom soup (3.60 euros) and falafel with yogurt sauce (2.90 euros), accompanied by herbed green olives, seeded rolls and crunchy crackers called picos. New York Times, "36 Hours in Seville," 14 June 2018 Serving: Serve the hot falafel with the dipping sauce. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Falafel Patties with Tahini-Maple Dipping Sauce (recipe)," 31 Jan. 2018

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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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