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[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.
- ‘Many dine on falafel, sandwiches made with balls of deep-fried hummus, or grilled lamb sandwiches, called shwarma.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The chickpea croquettes called falafel and the ever-popular chickpea dip, hummus, are both very good.’
- ‘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.’
From colloquial Egyptian Arabic falāfil, plural of Arabic fulful, filfil pepper.
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