FALAFEL IS A TRADITIONAL PALESTINEAN FAST FOOD
There is something genius about these little fritters, for they are tasty, cheap and vegetarian, full of protein and nutrients. They are satisfying and filling, like meatballs, but made from legumes and vegetables, which is useful in a place where meat is an expensive luxury.
In Palestine, falafels are made exclusively with chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans.
Falafels are the quintessential street food, served in stands and shops. Some people make these at home, but everyone has a favorite falafel stand, where you can pick up a sandwich or a tray of falafels for a few money. Falafel sandwiches bring me right back to my high school days, when I would run down town with my friends to buy fresh falafel sandwiches from a stand on my village street. There was a dizzying array of toppings and sauces for me to choose from--all sorts of brightly colored pickled vegetables and salads to stuff into my soft pita sandwich, all topped with a tahini-lemon sauce and then stuffed with a handful of French fries. It's the kind of sandwich that stays with you- the vinegary pickles, the creamy, garlicky tahini sauce, and the crunch of a fresh falafel, cradled in soft bread.
More than just a sandwich star, falafels show up cheerfully at the table at any time of the day in a palestinean home. In fact, breakfast and supper spreads are very similar, with plates of hummus, labaneh and other dips, along with bread and vegetables or salads, and frequently, a plate of fresh falafel. If you are a guest in PALESTINE, or staying in a hostel where the owner serves up breakfast every morning, be prepared for hot plates of falafel to be served along with your morning tea and boiled egg.
I LOVE IT, ITS HEALTHY
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