One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Middle Eastern dish of spiced mashed chickpeas or other pulses formed into balls or fritters and deep-fried, usually eaten with or in pita bread.
- ‘The chickpea croquettes called falafel and the ever-popular chickpea dip, hummus, are both very good.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Another common dish is tamiyya or falafel which is made from crushed fava beans mixed with onions and leeks and fried in oil.’
From colloquial Egyptian Arabic falāfil, plural of Arabic fulful, filfil ‘pepper’.
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