Which country is the origin of the falafel

Falafel recipe collection

Falafel are a delicious delicacy and have recently become more and more popular in Germany. The delicious little balls can now be found on the menu of an increasing number of Arabic and Turkish restaurants and snacks.

But where exactly do the falafel come from?

In fact, the exact origin of the falafel is largely unknown. Nothing precise can be said about when this tasty meal was created, although falafel is probably a very old dish. Historians suspect the origin of falafel in Egypt, where Coptic Christians needed a meatless and at the same time nutritious food for the fasting days.

Another theory places the origins of falafel in the Palestinian city of Akko, which was besieged by Napoleon in the 18th century. The city's supplies ran low and eventually all that was left was dried grain. The residents were forced to find new ways to satisfy their hunger. They began by grinding hummus (soaked chickpeas) and then mixing them with various spices to shape them into small balls and deep-frying them in oil. The recipe for the original falafel was born.

No matter when and where exactly the falafel was first made, it quickly became a popular dish and spread to many countries - first in North Africa and then particularly in the Middle and Near East. At the end of the 19th century, the food in Israel spread rapidly among Jewish immigrants with Eastern European roots. The immigrants tried to separate themselves from their European influences and instead to adapt the local customs of Palestine. As a regional dish with Arabic and Palestinian roots, falafel was very popular with these immigrants. In the meantime, the food has become an indispensable part of the local cuisine and is considered the national dish of Israel.

Falafel has only been known in Germany since the late 1980s and was introduced by immigrants of Arab origin. In the meantime, more and more Arab takeaways are offering the dish and falafel are also often listed on the menu of Turkish restaurants as a complement to kebab. But the Arab specialty is not only popular in Germany. The falafel was able to take off all over the world and is an integral part of international cuisine.

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