On June 12, International Falafel Day, fans of the healthy snack assemble together. It is also a day to encourage people to try falafel for the first time. Falafel is a ball formed from ground legumes that has been deep-fried. On occasion, it is prepared with fava beans. Depending on your tastes, onions and spices such as cumin or coriander may also be included. Falafel can be consumed on its own or wrapped in a pita. Falafel is a favourite among vegans because it contains neither meat nor dairy.
The background of International Falafel Day
The origins of the concept of falafel are contested. There is a legend that originated in Egypt in the fourth century when Coptic Christians ate a fava bean variant during Lent, although there is no evidence to support this. Fava legumes appear to be the origin of falafel. It is unlikely that chickpeas were introduced until later, after the dish had travelled further north. Some believe that this meal originated in Pharaonic Egypt, but no one knows for certain.
Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern street food. It is frequently included in a meze, a collection of small plates of cuisine. Jewish restaurants and neighbourhoods were the first to serve falafel in North America. It gained notoriety among North Americans in 1970, and became one of the most popular street foods almost immediately. Many restaurants now offer falafel as a meatless option for vegetarians. In the 20th century, the falafel gained popularity in Germany.
Falafel is now a globally renowned dish served in many countries. Falafel has gained popularity among vegetarians and vegans as a meatless alternative to fast food, and it is also sold in packaged form in health food stores. The co-founder of Innovation Israel established International Falafel Day in 2012. Regardless of where this dish is believed to have originated, International Falafel Day is the perfect occasion to honour it.
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Visit falafel establishments
Today, falafels are advised for all three meals: breakfast, lunch, and supper. Visit Middle Eastern cuisine-specializing restaurants and request the falafel special. You may dine alone or with companions.
If you cannot find falafel in a local restaurant, you can attempt to make it yourself. It is remarkably simple to prepare a variety of delicious falafel variations. The Egyptian recipe calls for only fava beans, whereas chickpeas are more commonly used in the West. Both versions will be equally delectable. You can take it further by adding additional ingredients.
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Egypt, Israel, and Palestine all consider falafel to be their national dish.
Yemeni Jews first popularised falafel in the 1950s.
In 2012, one of Amman’s hotels created the largest falafel disc in the world, weighing approximately 165 pounds.
It is believed that the word ‘falafel’ comes from the Arabic term ‘falfil,’ which means “long pepper.”
McDonald’s offered a ‘McFalafel’ as part of its brunch menu in Egypt at one point due to the dish’s popularity.
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