In this article, we're going to cover what you want to know about falafel including taste, texture and a few tips on eating them...
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What Does Falafel Taste Like?
Everyone has a different recipe that they use when making falafel, but since the ingredients are mostly the same, they tend to have a similar flavor profile.
Falafel is made from chickpeas or fava beans, but since those don’t have a particularly strong flavor on their own, it gets most of its flavors from other ingredients.
This means that falafel will tend to taste like the included ingredients, such as:
- Spices, such as coriander and cumin
- Fresh herbs, such as parsley or cilantro
When made and fried correctly, falafel are light and airy on the inside, with a crispy outside that isn’t hard to break through with your teeth.
They are perfect when covered with a light sauce, and the inside of the falafel will readily soak up any moisture.
When not fried correctly, falafel can tend to be oily, greasy, and heavy.
Can You Eat a Falafel Cold?
Falafel are great both hot and cold, which make them wonderful to have on hand for meals and also for snacks. While there are few things more delicious than a fresh falafel right out of the fryer, when made correctly falafel will last without losing their shape.
This means that they can easily be reheated, if you desire, or can be enjoyed cold.
What Makes a Falafel Green?
Some falafel are greener than others, and this simply means that there is a higher ratio of herbs in that batch of falafel. Putting in extra cilantro, parsley, and even mint will cause the falafel to be green.
Not included as many herbs or opting for dried instead of fresh herbs won’t cause the same color change.
How Is Falafel Served?
Even though falafel is very versatile, there are a few ways of serving it that are a bit more common.
In the above video you can see one great way to serve falafel, which is in a pita with plenty of delicious toppings and hummus.
Skip the pita and opt instead for a bed of fresh greens if you want to enjoy a fresh salad with falafel on the top.
For an untraditional take on falafel, try making smaller patties instead of balls and then serving them on small burger buns as sliders, as they are sure to be a hit.
What Do You Eat with Falafel?
The most common ways to eat falafel is with pickled onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers on the side and as garnishes. Spicy sauces, tahini, and hummus are often included, as well.
This doesn’t mean that you have to choose these options, as falafel is very versatile. Try an avocado sauce, white kimchi, or even roasted eggplant on the side for a different take on an old favorite.
Falafel is a great food to share with others and to have in your refrigerator when you need a quick snack. No matter what you pair it with, you’re sure to love the unique combination of herbs and spices and how delicious this food is.