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Definition of the noun falafel

What does falafel mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: falafels

  1. small croquette of mashed chick peas or fava beans seasoned with sesame seeds
    • examples: I just ate a falafel. | Maybe she died with a falafel in her hands. | Maybe he died with a falafel in his hands.
    • region: Middle East / Mideast / Near East
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • synonym of falafel: felafel
    • more generic word: dish = a particular item of prepared food

Alternative definition of the noun falafel


  1. [uncountable] A Middle Eastern food in the form of balls made from chickpeas and other ingredients. Often served in a pita.
  2. [countable] A pita with falafel balls inside.
  3. [countable] A single falafel ball.
  4. [Australia, countable] A falafel roll.


"Falafel" is a 2006 Lebanese film written and directed by Michel Kammoun. It world premiered on September 16, 2006 at the Ayam Beirut Festival.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Falafel

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Google previewGlobal Gastronomic Adventures Presents A Real Taste of Gluten Free Cooking (2014)

by Gio Angelo

Falafel Made from chickpeas or garbanzo beans, falafel is a delicious kind of burger, moist and flavorful, very versatile. You can make it ahead and freeze itand only cook it when needed. it saves you a lot of time. Prep time: 10 minutes Cook ...

Google previewPassport Series: Africa (2011)

by Heather Knowles

teaspoon lemon juice Falafel Balls Falafel is a high-protein food eaten throughout the Middle East.

Google previewLebenese (2007)

by Tarla Dalal

Falafel is an assembled mezze of chick pea patties sandwiched between pita bread. This popular sandwich has found place in most restaurant menus across the globe. The sandwich can be moistened with some of our desi green chutney or ...

Google previewSupermarket Healthy (2014)

Recipes and Know-How for Eating Well Without Spending a Lot by Melissa d'Arabian, Raquel Pelzel

Falafel is a great make-ahead option. Just bake them and freeze on a sheet pan until semi-hard, then transfer them to a freezer-safe resealable bag. Defrost in the oven or in the microwave and slide into a pita or serve with rice or couscous.

Google previewLet Me Stand Alone (2008)

The Journals of Rachel Corrie by Rachel Corrie

page 229: Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern food made from soaked and ground fava beans or chickpeas, formed into balls or patties, and ...

Google previewFearless Critic Houston Restaurant Guide (2007)

Brutally Honest Undercover Chefs and Food Writers Rate More Than 400 Places to Eat by Robin S. Goldstein, Alexis Herschkowitsch

Amongst protein fillings, falafel is the least offensive. Not that it's good, but everything's relative when you're talking about a place this bad. We have found ourselves consistently unable to eat more than a few bites of these wraps. On our last ...

Google previewThe American Ethnic Cookbook for Students (2001)

by Mark Zanger

Falafel (Fried Bean Cakes) Falafel is the Egyptian version of Ecuadorian-Americans q 97.

Google previewUltimate Food Journeys (2011)

The World's Best Dishes and Where to Eat Them

Hot, crisp, and freshly made falafel is the perfect thing to eat while drifting ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Jewish Food (2010)

by Gil Marks

Some vendorsadd French friestothe falafel,callingit chipsalat.Awholepita, thetop slitoffandcontaining five tosixfalafel, isthemostcommon version,but the sandwichisalso offeredasa chatzimanah (halfportion),with less room for toppings. Besides ...

Google previewFast Food and Junk Food: An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat [2 volumes] (2011)

An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat by Andrew F. Smith

Falafel is a Middle Eastern food, usually made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or a combination of the two, and other vegetables. These combinations are usually stuffed into pita bread. Falafels have been served by street vendors in East ...

Google previewFood and Drink in American History (2013)

A "Full Course" Encyclopedia by Andrew F. Smith

Falafel is a Middle Eastern food usually made from fried ground chickpeas , fava beans, or a combination of the two along with other vegetables. These combinations are usually stuffed into pita bread. Falafels have been served by street ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (2013)

by Andrew Smith

Falafel originated in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria. The original recipe for falafel differs from its modern-day interpretation in that it originally called for ground-up fava beans (often referred to as broad beans in Western recipes, viciafaba ...

Google previewFood Cultures of the World Encyclopedia (2011)

by Ken Albala

Repeat the process until the pan is full—leaving a 1⁄2-inch space between the falafel.While falafel are cooking, sprinkle a few sesame seeds on the uncooked sides. Fry until falafel are dark golden brown, approximately 5 minutes; turn over, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Food and Nutrition (2014)

by David A. Bender

falafel spiced ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Video Games: A-L (2012)

by Mark J. P. Wolf

Falafel Games, a new developer with studios in the Middle East and China, is planning to publish a series of local content games starting with Knights ofGlory ( 2011), an MMO browser game about Muslim conquests. What all the titles ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema (2010)

by Terri Ginsberg, Chris Lippard

FALAFEL (2006). The first feature of successful short-film director Michel ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Terrorism (2012)

by Peter Chalk

Simon Wendt MAYOR FALAFEL RESTAURANT BOMBING On April 17, 2006, a suicide terrorist detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) outside the Mayor Falafel and Shawarma fast-food restaurant (also identified as the Rosh Ha' ir ...

Google previewThe Wordsworth Dictionary of Culinary & Menu Terms (2000)

by Rodney Dale

faki brown lentils GREEK falafel bulgar wheat and chick peas, flavoured with garlic, coriander and cumin, usually shaped into balls or patties, baked or fried and served with salad or as a pitta bread filling MIDDLE EASTERN fallfish the name ...

Google previewMulticultural America: An Encyclopedia of the Newest Americans [4 volumes] (2011)

by Ronald H. Bayor

Falafel: Fried chickpea balls. Fatwah: Religious opinions issued by Islamic leaders. Karbala: Shiite religious shrine in southern Iraq. Kibbeh: A ground meat and wheat dish ...

Google previewThe Chambers Crossword Dictionary, 3rd edition (2012)

by Chambers,

pastry, pilaff, quiche, ragout, samosa, scampi,sorbet, tagine,tahina, tajine, tamale,trifle, waffle 07 biryani,biscuit, borscht, burrito,chowder, chutney, cobbler, compote, cracker,crowdie, crumble, fajitas, falafel,felafel, fritter,friture, galette, gnocchi, ...

Google previewFood, Feasts, and Faith: An Encyclopedia of Food Culture in World Religions [2 volumes] (2017)

by Paul Fieldhouse

Archetypal Ashkenazi Jewish dishes include chicken soup, knishes and blintzes, falafel, and hummus. Rendered chicken fat, used for cooking, is called schmaltz. Knishes are dumplings filled with potato, onion, or cheese, while blintzes are ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Folklife (2015)

by Simon J Bronner

Replacing many of the east European Jewish delis are Middle Eastern restaurants featuring falafel and hummus dishes and providing social centers ( including sometimes a location for playing cards and toleh, a form of backgammon) as well ...

Google previewDictionary of Jewish Usage (2005)

A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms by Sol Steinmetz

falafel. An Israeli pita sandwich made with fried ground chick peas, chopped vegetables, mixed spices, and a dressing of humus or tahina. From Hebrew, borrowed from Arabic falqfil, a derivative of filfil, 'pepper.

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Falafel Meaning

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Scrabble value of F4A1L1A1F4E1L1

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the second edition of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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