International Falafel Day
All falafel lovers are welcome! This Middle Eastern food, which is deep-fried and made of chickpeas and fava beans and served with salads and sauces, is popular. Falafel can be served in any way you like, but it is always crunchy on the outside and soft inside.
Falafel is a favorite food of both meat-eaters as well as vegetarians, and it deserves to be recognized.
International Falafel Day is celebrated every year on the 12th June.
There is some debate about where and when falafel was first created. Most people agree that falafel was first consumed in Egypt. Copitc Christians may then have used it as a substitute for meat during Lent, the season prior to Easter, when Christians traditionally abstain from eating meat.
Falafel appears to have been first made with fava beans. After the dish moved further north, chickpeas were introduced to the mix. Although some believe this meal could be from Pharaonic Egypt or even earlier, no one is certain.
Falafel was a popular street food in Egypt and the Middle East. It is often eaten with other small portions of food called a meze.
It is now so popular that even McDonalds serves their own falafel version in Egypt, which they have named the McFalafel.
This tasty dish was originally served in North American Jewish and Greek restaurants. It gained popularity in America as a street food after 1970. Today, it is offered as a vegetarian option.
Falafel is a national food that Israel claims originated in Israel, regardless of where it was made. International Falafel Day is the ideal day to enjoy it.
Food days are great fun because they focus almost entirely on cooking and eating. These are some creative ways to celebrate Falafel Day.
You have a wonderful excuse to include falafel in your meals today! Visit a Middle Eastern restaurant or a street food stall and sample authentic falafel recipes. For those who can’t find a Greek-style restaurant or Isralei, you can grab falafel at the supermarket or deli, and then make your own salad and pita bread.
If you are serious about Falafel Day then a trip to Tel Aviv, Israel, would be the ultimate food pilgrimage! Falafel is available in almost all corners of Israel. Here are some of the best places to find falafel in one Israel’s largest cities.
It may surprise you how easy it is to make your own falafel! While the Egyptian version uses only fava beans in its preparation, it’s more popular to use chickpeas in the West. However, you can make any version that you prefer. This would be a great opportunity to try both.
Chickpeas by themselves can be boring so falafel makers like to add spices like cumin and coriander to spice things up.
Wrap the falafel in pita bread. Make sure you include fresh lettuce, tomato slices and cucumbers. It is traditionally served with tahini. However, people can use whatever sauces they prefer. Tzatziki sauce is a creamy sauce that’s made with cucumbers and then flavored using dill.
If you don’t know where to find falafel on the day, you can simply go online and look at the map. This map will provide insight and ideas about places celebrating Falafel Day closer to the date.