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Falafel Barbar

Falafel Barbar Lebanon Beirut

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Freiha Falafel Lebanon Beirut

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Falafel Joseph

Falafel Joseph Lebanon Beirut

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Just Falafel

Just Falafel Menu Lebanon Beirut

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Falafel - Historical Overview

 
Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, commonly served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as lafa; "falafel" also frequently refers to a wrapped sandwich that is prepared in this way.

The falafel balls are topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and drizzled with tahini-based sauces. Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of a meze.
 

 

Falafel is a common dish eaten throughout the Middle East. The fritters are now found around the world as a replacement for meat and as a form of street food.


Etymology

The word Falafil, which is the plural of Filfil, meaning "pepper". The word itself, spread and being used by other languages such as Persian pilpil from the Sanskrit word pippalī, meaning "long pepper"; or an earlier *filfal, from Aramaic pilpāl, "small round thing, peppercorn," derived from palpēl, "to be round, roll". Thus in origin, falafel would be "rollers, little balls."

A Coptic origin has recently been proposed via the unattested phrase*pha la phel, meaning "of many beans".

The Arabic word falāfil has been globalized into many other languages and spread around the rest of the world as the general name for this food. In English, it is first attested in 1941.

Falafel is known as taʿamiya  in Egypt, with the exception of Alexandria. The word is derived from a diminutive form of the Arabic word; the particular form indicates "a unit" of the given root in this case (ط ع م, having to do with taste and food), thus meaning "a little piece of food" or "small tasty thing".

The word falafel can refer to the fritters themselves or to sandwiches filled with them.

History

The origin of falafel is unknown and controversial. A common theory is that the dish originated in Egypt, possibly eaten by Copts as a replacement for meat during Lent. As Alexandria is a port city, it was possible to export the dish and name to other areas in the Middle East. The dish later migrated northwards to the Levant, where chickpeas replaced the fava beans.It has been speculated that its history may go back to Pharaonic Egypt.

 
 

 

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