falafel

noun
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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Kismet Coming from Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymason, the dynamic duo behind DTLA’s artisanal falafel counter Madcapra, the food is imaginative and impeccably sourced, and invigorating in a satisfying way. Krista Simmons, Condé Nast Traveler, "35 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles," 27 Feb. 2018 Emmanuel puts a Rhodian spin on pastitsio, a layered casserole of pasta and ground beef in red sauce baked with a bechamel topping ($10.50), and revithokeftedes, Greek falafel ($7.50). Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, "Authentic Greek to grab and go at the Grape Leaf," 2 Apr. 2018 Already announced are the remaining stalls, from Goldie (falafel, tehina shakes), Kensington Quarters (burgers), Pitruco Pizza, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, and The Juice Merchant. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Double Knot and High Street on Market join Penn Food Hall," 2 Feb. 2018 Sandwiches and simple platters of beef gyro, chicken and falafel await, as does the chain’s inimitable white sauce, as if sent from heaven, if not the god of mayonnaise. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "Halal Guys just might be the champ of Arlington's Champions Park dining scene | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 Mar. 2018 But don’t expect hummus or falafel—Eyal Shani and his team have left those classics to the spots around the block who have been battling it out for the best chickpea balls for years. Condé Nast Traveler, "24 Best Restaurants in Paris," 4 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, throughout the Levant and beyond, falafel is a fan favorite. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Are Chickpeas the New Chic Peas?," 7 Dec. 2018 The chef, Zivko Radojcic, also turns out tapas like falafel and ceviche. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Bergdorf’s Revitalizes Its Lower-Level Cafe," 5 June 2018 As for the show itself, Jeremy Scott transformed the venue into its own Times Square-esque setting complete with billboards, flashing lights, and street carts serving New York classics like hot dogs, falafel, and giant soft pretzels. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Naomi Campbell Epically Closed the Moschino x H&M Runway," 25 Oct. 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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