The falafel is a traditional dish of the Arab world. Essentially, it’s a chickpea or broad bean fritter. I’ve never tasted broad been falafel, maybe someday… but the most common version of this recipe is made of chickpeas.
We often eat various types of vegetable patties at home, but the falafel is a one of our favorites. It’s typically served with tahini or garlic sauce, or with salad into pita bread.
The important thing about the falafel is it’s made of raw chickpeas that are soaked in advance. Canned chickpeas won’t do the trick for this particular recipe because they’re too soft and crumbly.