Ah, the age old question: “What the heck is a falafel?” If you’ve experienced falafel, you know that it’s one of the tastiest creations put on this good earth, but how exactly do you describe it to someone who has never tried one? You could go back and forth with “fried smashed up chickpeas,” or “like meatballs but with vegetables”, but it’s not that simple.
To make things easier next time you’re trying to explain these balls of greatness to a friend, here’s a quick rundown dedicated to the basics of falafel.
The history behind falafel traces as far back as the pharaohs. From there, it made its voyage to the Middle East and Mediterranean. Anything that can stand the test of time – and make it this far from ancient Egypt! – obviously has to be good. Not all falafels are created equal. Since they are eaten in multiple countries, each region has its own take, but there’s one thing you can count on: a falafel’s main ingredient is always gonna be chickpeas. (Just like hummus, another Mediterranean favorite!) As far as appearances go, falafels are typically round in shape, and can range in color from light to dark brown.
So we have the chickpeas down, but how exactly does VERTS put together our favorite falafel recipe? Our falafel is made with spices, love, and with you in mind! If you want to get technical, VERTS homemade falafel contain: chickpeas, red onions, flat parsley, minced garlic, kosher salt, black pepper, cumin, cayenne, lemon juice, and oil.
These ingredients are then blended together, shaped into tasty spheres and fried to crispy perfection. Falafel pairs nicely in our traditional pita or in a rice bowl topped with some of our freshly made tzatziki sauce. Try that, and it’ll be easy to see why they’re a vegetarian favorite yet still a meat-lover’s pleasure.
Now the next time someone asks, “So, what is a falafel?” impress those in question with your newly-attained knowledge. Maybe pepper “circular spice bundles of goodness” or “vegteballs” into the conversation a few times, just for kicks.
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