Definition of falafel in English:

falafel

(also felafel)

noun

mass noun
  • A Middle Eastern dish of spiced mashed chickpeas or other pulses formed into balls or fritters and deep-fried, usually eaten with or in pitta bread.

    • ‘Chickpeas feature in the majority of meze, in either hummus, falafel or salad, and are often spiked with coriander or mint or given a welcome boost from red chilli.’
    • ‘Many dine on falafel, sandwiches made with balls of deep-fried hummus, or grilled lamb sandwiches, called shwarma.’
    • ‘The chickpea croquettes called falafel and the ever-popular chickpea dip, hummus, are both very good.’
    • ‘The special beans are also served in fried balls called falafel.’
    • ‘Another common dish is tamiyya or falafel which is made from crushed fava beans mixed with onions and leeks and fried in oil.’

Origin

From colloquial Egyptian Arabic falāfil, plural of Arabic fulful, filfil ‘pepper’.

Pronunciation

falafel

/fəˈlaf(ə)l//fəˈlɑːf(ə)l/