Falafel is on the UP!
Once a niche snack saved for strict vegetarians, the humble falafel has well and truly found its feet in the mainstream and taken the UK by storm. Making the journey from Middle Eastern streets to kitchen tables across the globe, when and how did Brits find their fancy for falafels? To answer that question, we need to take a trip back in time.
The origins of the falafel are heavily debated, but it’s safe to say that the falafel was born in the Middle East. It’s an ancient street food snack that has become the national dish of Israel and can be traced back as far as the Pharaohs of Egypt. Hot and crunchy on the outside, fluffy and herby within, a falafel is a deep-fried patty, usually made from ground chickpeas, but can have broad beans or fava beans at the heart, depending upon whose recipe you favour. Most often served in a pita, wrap or flatbread, falafels are now not just a fast food for vegetarians but a popular, healthy lunchbox snack and dinner party delicacy.