Falafel aka fried chickpea ball

Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern dish made from ground chickpeas or fava beans. The ground chickpeas are mixed with spices and herbs, such as cumin, coriander, parsley, and garlic. dough is then shaped into balls or patties and fried in oil.

Fried falafel

Falafel probably originates from Egypt, but today it is popular in many Middle Eastern countries and around the world. Falafel is a vegetarian dish with a high protein and fiber content, making it a popular choice for vegetarians.


The texture of falafel varies depending on the recipe and ingredients used. Some versions are denser, while others are lighter and more delicate. In one small bakery, I even came across a giant falafel stuffed with onions and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Preparing falafel

You can enjoy falafel as a standalone snack or it is often served as part of a larger meal with other dishes such as shawarma or hummus. In some countries, falafel is served in the form of a sandwich or wrap, with falafel balls placed inside pita bread or another type of bread along with side dishes and sauces.

In Israel and Palestine, you will find falafel on literally every corner, as it is one of the most widespread dishes. I found the most delicious falafel in a small bistro in the Palestinian Bethlehem. Try it in several places and you will soon start noticing the different flavors that individual recipes offer.