The origin of falafel is debated and believed to be Egypt or India. Falafel is also known as ta'amiya.
Falafel is a dish that is made by using chickpeas or fava beans, and some versions of the dish use both. This dish is formed into patties or small balls and then deep fried.
Falafel may date back to times of ancient Egypt. Today, falafel is commonly served in pita bread and is a popular street food in the Middle East.
The chickpea versions of falafel are low in fat and cholesterol. They are an abundant source of protein and fiber.